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Posts by Federico Sucre

Education as a Priority in Public Administration

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Federico Sucre (FS), Program Assistant of the education program at the Inter-American Dialogue, interviews Juan Maragall (JM), Secretary of Education of the state of Miranda in Venezuela. Read more

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The State of Teacher Policies in Central America and the Dominican Republic

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By Federico Sucre

Evidence suggests that schools in Central America and the Dominican Republic do not provide the education that children and youth need. Despite the importance of teachers for learning, in most countries the systems of recruitment, training, retention and support of teachers, in addition to their management and monitoring systems, still have serious shortcomings.

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Antioquia la más educada

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An interview with Sergio Fajardo (SF) by Federico Sucre (FS)

In an effort to understand the fundamental role of political leadership in the implementation of effective educational policies, Federico Sucre (Program Assistant for Education at the Inter-American Dialogue) interviewed Sergio Fajardo, who in his time as mayor of Medellin and now governor of Antioquia has made the achievement of quality education a top priority. Read more

PREAL Publications: What do We Know about School Principals?

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By José Weinstein and Gonzalo Muñoz

(Summarized by Federico Sucre)

The most recent PREAL Policy Brief summarizes the six assertions that José Weinstein and Gonzalo Muñoz proposed in the introduction of the book What do We Know about School Principals in Chile? (available in Spanish here). The book collects article contributions from 21 authors that synthesize the results of recently developed research on school principals in Chile. Read more

Technology and Innovation to Improve Learning in LAC

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By Federico Sucre and Sarah Swig

Last Wednesday, we attended the conference “Schools Ready For Change: Technology to Improve Learning in LAC” at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The event brought together key policy makers, experts in technology and education, business professionals, and social entrepreneurs to discuss innovative ways to improve student learning through the use of technology. The speakers discussed their own research and programs, shared best practices, and highlighted major challenges and barriers to expanding technological improvements in the region. IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno set the stage early on, stating that technology is necessary but not enough to transform learning in Latin America.     Read more

Where is all the Professional Talent in Latin America?

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By Federico Sucre

A new report finds that Latin America leads the world in talent shortages, and that the problem is getting worse. According to ManpowerGroup, five of the top ten countries that have had difficulty filling jobs in 2014 are from Latin America – Peru, Brazil, Panama, Argentina, and Colombia (See Figure 1). By contrast, in 2013 the only country in the region that made it to the top ten was Brazil. Read more

Ideas for improving secondary education and employability of young people in Mexico

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An interview with Mónica Tapia-Álvarez

Following the publication of a report on the creation of inter-sectoral agreements to help improve secondary education and employability of young people in Mexico, Federico Sucre (Program Assistant for Education at the Inter-American Dialogue) interviewed Mónica Tapia-Álvarez (Director of Synergos Mexico), one of the three authors of the report. Read more

Education Reform in Chile: Challenges and Opportunities

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By Federico Sucre

During my first week as a Program Assistant for Education at the Inter-American Dialogue, I had the privilege to help organize and attend an event about the recent education policy proposals in Chile. This is truly a hot topic at the moment. Since 2011 Chile has been rocked by powerful student protests that call for free higher education for all, an end to for-profit schools, and greater education quality and equity, among other requests. In response to the protests, President Michelle Bachelet submitted a proposal to Congress in May hailed as “Chile’s most significant education reform in 50 years.” Read more