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


Philippine Education Reform and Transformation

  • Addressing Learning Problems in Literacy, Numeracy, and STEM peculiar to Philippine public education

  • Designing 21st-Century Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math

  • Designing 21st-Century Learning Environments for the Filipino Learner, especially emerging learning modalities and education technologies (e.g., virtual learning, AI, AR/VR, metaverse) given real-world constraints

  • Implementing Formative Whole-Person Education (includes but is not limited to Socio-Emotional Learning)

  • Rethinking Teacher Education for a World in Flux


Critical Thinking in Education

  • Teaching Critical Thinking: How to develop critical thinking among students and especially teachers, especially in a pluralist (and relativist) era where superficial thinking is promoted and claims to truth are often contested 

  • Personal Epistemologies (especially Teacher Epistemologies): How they promote critical thinking and impact student learning and performance 

  • Independent Learning: How to promote it especially given a culture that promotes deference to authority


Challenges to Asian and Filipino educational leadership

  • Educational Leadership in the Philippine Context and Constraints (History, Systems, Policies)

  • Teacher Leadership (for Learning)

  • Ethical and service-oriented leadership

  • Educational leadership for Sustainability

  • Educational leadership for Innovation


Catholic and Jesuit Education

  • Catholic Education: How to define and operationalize 21st-century Catholic education and its underlying philosophy given the contemporary challenges it faces, especially in the promotion of social justice as the hallmark of Catholic education

  • Catholic Religious Education: How to offer Catholic religious education in a way that nurtures the sensus fidei, promotes reasoned and faithful assent (instead of blind assent–or worse blind dissent) and develops a mature faith for thinking believers

  • Catholic Education Leadership: How to interpret and develop the brand of leadership demanded by today’s challenges

  • Ignatian Spirituality in Education: How to solidify Jesuit identity and cultures in our schools and universities

  • Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (especially the “Learning by Refraction” Approach): How to improve our practice of 21st-century Ignatian Pedagogy?

  • Ignatian Leadership (especially “Leading by Discernment” Framework): How to operationalize, develop, and assess Ignatian Leadership in practice