The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) hosted a four-day training and workshop for senior high school administrators called Executive Course for Education Leaders (ExCEL) from 21-24 November 2018 at the Finster Hall, Jacinto campus. Conducted by the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), the ExCEL sessions intend to “equip the senior high school administrators with the knowledge and updates in the running of their programs,” which include guides to certain DepEd policies.

Participating senior high school administrators hail from several regions from all over the country, including Region 3, Regions 4A and 4B, Region 6, Region 8, Region 9, Region 11, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The ExCEL course comprised three days of training and workshops in administration, reserving the final day for training on Instructional Leadership, which was meant to “give the [administrators] a view of what the teachers will learn in the In-Set [In-Service Training] during the summer.” These trainings were intended to help the participating private schools to meet and go beyond industry standards. Acting as consultant for the ExCEL courses was Dr. Edison Fermin; while heading the Instructional Leadership training was Dr. Gina L. Montalan, Academic Vice President of the Ateneo de Davao. The ExCEL course hosted by AdDU was the course’s 2nd run of the year.