The National Network of Normal Schools (3 NS Network) that originated from Save our Future-Save Our Normal Schools (SOF-SONS) Project is an initiative of Commissioner Nenalyn P. Defensor. Being a product of Iloilo Normal School now West Visayas State University, the Commissioner would like to institutionalize the valuable role that Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) have in the bigger scheme of the Philippine educational system.
The vision of having TEIs collaborate using their respective strengths and unique capabilities to contribute to a more enhanced way of addressing literacy education among TEIs is a great possibility through this project and the rest of the SOF Advocacy Networks. This forethought paved way to organizing the Normal Schools in the country and identifying them as the Champions in initiating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating endeavors that can alleviate the plight of TEIs.
Through the Centers for Teaching Excellence and/or Colleges of Education, the various Centex Network of an identified area are as follows:
• Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) as the STEM Centex (Science, Technology Education and Mathematics);
• Leyte Normal University (LNU) as Centex for MTB-MLE Kindergarten Teaching (Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education);
• West Visayas State University (WVSU) as Centex for SOF.Net (Save Our Future Network through Information Technology);
• Davao del Norte State College as Centex for SOF-SOS (Save Our Future-Save Our Shores);
• Pangasinan State University as Centex for SOF.SORG (Save Our Future-Save our Rice Granaries); and
• Philippine Normal University (PNU) as lead Teacher Education University to lead in the research on curriculum, pedagogical approaches as well as the History of Normal Schools in the Country.
West Visayas State University is the Centex of SOF.Net. It is located in La Paz, Iloilo City, Region VI.
What is SOF.Net?
SOF.Net is an online portal that aims to function as a complementation vehicle of DepED and CHED through information dissemination of updates on major educational concerns in the country affecting Teacher Education Programs such as the K to12 curriculum development, the discussion and debate on the use of the mother tongue in instruction through the advocacy of the MTB-MLE; research findings related to and which may affect institutional policies, curricular offerings, pedagogical approaches, and learning assessment among others.
This portal also serves as a repository of teaching practices worth sharing, teaching ideas, instructional materials varying from course syllabi, visual and audio resources, creative crafts for instruction, and the like coming not only from the members of the WVSU academic community but also from other TEIs who may wish to share their work. Through this collaboration, the network will be able to grow and extend more assistance to other TEIs in the country, thus improving the quality of teacher education.
Another unique feature of this Portal is the potential of having a Forum on a relevant issue of great merit. Contributors to the Forum can be facilitated by the Centex to develop the loop of ideas being generated.
In addition to this feature is the prospective of conducting a live chat session on a significant subject matter affecting the latest development in curriculum, assessment, projects and performance in the licensure for teachers. WVSU as the Centex has assigned experts and specialists to be able to exchange ideas through the net which would generate more productive results.
The initial image map that will lead you to the content of the web portal of SOF.Net is shown below.