Bago ang lahat, edukasyon.

Continuing a 156-year-old tradition of excellence in teacher education, Ateneo de Manila University has established the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD).

The Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD) constitutes Ateneo de Manila’s strategic response to the challenges of Philippine education and enables the university to address these more effectively.

The naming is in recognition of the extraordinary donation from the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) to establish the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Endowment for Educational Innovation. Ateneo de Manila’s fifth and newest Loyola School therefore signals a strategic partnership between two leading institutions–one that promises to make a lasting impact on Philippine education.

GBSEALD traces its origin in the Escuela Normal de Maestros established by the Jesuits in Intramuros, Manila 155 years ago, the very first teacher education institute in the Philippines. The school emerged after almost three years of extensive research and consultation among stakeholders within the university, as well as other potential educational partners.

Our Research Thrusts and Priorities

Empowering and empathetic leadership in education that promotes inclusivity and innovation for universal human flourishing

Our ten principles of learning, teaching, and formation

  1. The heart of education. Our education is not just about the acquisition of knowledge (recall or mastery of content), but more importantly, about understanding (through Reflection), application (through Action), and most of all, character formation
    [Ignatian Pedagogy, Understanding by Design, Holistic Education]

  2. Cura personalis. Our well-being, motivation, and emotions are critical to our learning.

  3. Meeting learners where they are. All of us learners--no matter our background and starting point--can learn and have something valuable to contribute to the learning
    [Growth Mindset, Individual Learner Differences]

  4. Magis. We need to be stretched and challenged if we are to learn and grow. High expectations lead to high performance.

  5. A Learning Sanctuary. We will have a safe space for learning and a community that supports and challenges us to learn to think independently and critically, where we welcome other perspectives, rehearse our ideas out loud, experiment with our practice, and receive reasonable and respectful feedback from fellow learners and mentors.
    [Brain-based Learning, Harvard Discussion-Based Teaching]

  6. Learning as Active and Interactive. We learn best by doing and by interacting with fellow learners. Content is best not “dumped” on students, but offered in a way that encourages our learners to interact with it and to learn it with other learners.
    [Active Learning, Learner-Centered Learning, Peer Learning, Empowerment]

  7. Learning as Meaning Making. Our learning becomes meaningful when we actually interact with the new ideas and concepts, unpack them, wrestle with them, connect them to others (even from other disciplines), add to them, and make them our own
    [Learning by Refraction, Constructivist Learning]

  8. Assessment for Learning and for Transfer. We learn more when our assessments are formative (when we are given constructive feedback) and authentic (when it entails application in a real-world context).
    [Assessment for Learning, Authentic Assessment]

  9. Companions in the Journey. We will build a learning community where each one is seen and feels that he or she belongs. Our learning will not be an isolated journey. We will be personally accompanied in a learning community of like-minded and supportive companions and coaches.
    [Learning Communities, Learning by Refraction]

  10. Education for the Greater Good. In our learning community, we will be guided not so much towards what we want, but towards what others need—and for the believers among us, towards what God wants for us and the world (Ignatian discernment).
    [“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” — Frederick Buechne]

News & Features


Live Event / Performance

Loyola Schools Christmas Fellowship 2022

Mon, 28 Nov 2022

Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights campus

"Sa dulo ng lahat ng paghihirap, uusbong at uusbong pa...

Orientation / Information Session

Info Session on GBSEALD Doctoral Degree Programs

Sat, 19 Nov 2022

JJ Atencio Lighthouse for New Learning, 4F Arete, Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights campus

Come and learn more about our Doctor of Philosophy in...

Meeting / Consultation / Town hall / Forum

The President's Hour, November 2022

Fri, 18 Nov 2022


In this last edition of The President's Hour for 2022...


2022 KF-Ateneo Teaching ‘Korea’ in Philippine Academia: Interdisciplinary Seminar-Workshop for Filipino High School Educators

Wed, 09 Nov 2022


The Korean Studies Program is once again hosting the annual...

Fair / Festival

Valentines' in August (VIA): Blossom

Mon, 17 Oct 2022

Kostka Hall Extension, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University

Two years removed from their last appearance on campus, The...

Other Event

Stories from the Tribe: Teachers’ Appreciation Week Culminating Program

Wed, 12 Oct 2022

Colayco Pavilion, Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights campus

The Ateneo de Manila Institute for the Science and Art...

Workshop / Seminar / Short Course

Econ-tuhan Session 4 - A Young Teacher’s Guide to Macroeconomics

Sat, 28 Jan 2023


High school teachers and administrators are invited to a free...


Talk Stories with Sec. Arsi Balisacan

Sat, 28 Jan 2023


Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines (CCARPH) and the...

Workshop / Seminar / Short Course

Inter-Cultural Chinese Communication

Sat, 28 Jan 2023


About the course: Chinese language, Chinese culture, Chinese people. What...

Workshop / Seminar / Short Course

Online Basic Conversational Cantonese

Fri, 27 Jan 2023


Course Description: This course is suitable for those who are...