by Lucille C. Roa & Josephine M. Casas

SBM level of practice is one of the hit songs of the Regional Office and Schools Division Offices in accompaniment with R.A. 9155 and R.A. 7160. The said song needs to be sung in order to lullaby the learners who are the core addressees of all the programs, projects, and activities of the department.

To progressively sing the correct tempo of the song, SDO- Biliran thru Schools Governance Operations Division gathered data on SBM level of practice to the 145 elementary and secondary schools, analysed, and found out that technical assistance provision is needed to the eighty-one (81) SBM level 1 and fifty-three (53) SBM level 2 schools.

Driven by the above data, SBM: I- SHOOT NA TA (School Based Management: Implementation of Schools’ Heightened Operational Outcomes Through Needs-based Analysis Technical Assistance) was conceptualized, innovated, and implemented. Thru this project, the objectives of capacitating the school heads and teachers on SBM implementation and of increasing the number SBM level 3 of practice in Schools Division Office of Biliran were significantly achieved. There were eleven schools both elementary and secondary from SBM levels 1 and 2 increased to SBM level 3 of practice.

Technical assistance on SBM implementation was given by the DFTACT yet the succeeding data denote that strengthening of technical assistance provision is highly needed. Hence, SDO- Biliran thru SGOD initiated this project I-SHOOT NA TA. As one of the division-initiated TA provisions, this aims to make stakeholders, school heads, and teachers appreciate the role of SBM in the continuous improvement of schools towards the benefit of the learners which is higher learning results.

Foremost, the project did a pre-implementation phase; part of it was a one-day planning- workshop conducted by the lead proponent. The launching of the SGOD- Banner Project was held during the “2018 Pasidungog” to let the teaching and non- teaching personnel know its significance, objectives, implementation, and the possible outcomes.

During the planning-workshop, the process flow was also shared which composed of the following: Orientation Workshop cum Revisitation of the SBM Needs-Based Assessment Tool, a two-day activity facilitated by the project proponents for the Public Schools District Supervisors, School Heads, and School, SBM Coordinators; SBM Level Self-Assessment, School Heads are directed to revisit SBM level principles and basis for the technical assistance to be rendered; Gathering and Consolidating of the Self-Assessment Tool, the data will be gathered and consolidated by the Division M&E SEPS/EPS II. Results will be analyzed and used as basis for the technical assistance to be rendered by the concerned functional division; Planning of the Technical AssistanceConducting TA, SGOD TA Teams will be visiting the identified bottom schools to be evaluated, monitored, and provided TA. Discussion of findings, giving feedbacks, recommendations, and forging of agreements will be done among and between the Division TA Team and the School SBM Team; Monitoring of Compliance, to ensure that the School SBM Team has complied with the recommendations and agreements reached, a self-reassessment will be conducted by the School SBM Team and validated by the Division TA Team. The Division TA Team will then determine the schools with improved SBM level of practice and those which are in status quo. A second or succeeding round of intensified TA will be provided to the schools which have not improved its SBM level of practice.

Collaboration and involvement among the school heads, teachers, and SGOD personnel, DFTACTs were observed. Actual hands-on activities were demonstrated by the TA team so that concepts, tips and strategies could easily be absorbed by the school heads and teachers.

This innovation was conducted to the identified priority schools in the SDO, like, Biliran Central School, Langgao Elementary School, Balaquid Elementary School, Naval National High School, Lucsoon National High School, Caraycaray Central School, Naval Central School, Western Biliran High School for the Arts and Culture, Tabunan National High School, Jamorawon Elementary School, and Calumpang Elementary School,etc.

This is a year-round project which was launched on December 3, 2018; assuring the Division that this will be strengthened and sustained. The orientation- workshop costs P188,700 and the monitoring is P12,000.

We consider this as an innovation because as we aim to improve the school performance, we also are intensifying the partnership of the school, school heads, teachers, and students and work together with community leaders, local government officials and other stakeholders. Thus, we also have a composite team to give the necessary and appropriate technical assistance.

With the full implementation of project SBM: I-SHOOT NA TA, a remarkable eleven (11) SBM Level III of Practice schools were validated by the SDO identified DFTACT. This means that there is a significant effect of the project as manifested in the increase of SBM Level 3 Schools. Schools validated are the following: Biliran Central School, Langgao Elementary School, Balaquid Elementary School, Naval National High School, Lucsoon National High School, Caraycaray Central School, Naval Central School, Western Biliran High School for the Arts and Culture, Tabunan National High School, Jamorawon Elementary School, and Calumpang Elementary School.

Its impact was also felt by the school heads, SBM coordinators, and most specially the teachers who were directed on how School-Based Management works in schools and how internal and external stakeholders work hand in hand. Relative to this, school heads are empowered to smoothly run their respective station with an enabling environment, high involvement of stakeholders, adequate resources, and a well-defined process in every structure.

Bringing the schools to its heights could mean bringing quality and excellence to its peak. SBM-I-SHOOT NA TA not just aims for improvement of leadership but also demonstrates exemplary performances; thus, shooting the highest level of practice and building strong pillars of management.