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Learning for All: An Urgent Challenge in Latin America

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By Maria Oviedo, Ariel Fiszbein and Federico Sucre

In the last 15 years, education in Latin America has experienced mixed progress. While the region has made important achievements with regard to school enrollment rates for children and youth, learning levels continue to be extremely low. Additional years of schooling are not resulting in higher learning or more skills. This document presents a brief introduction to these trends. Read more


Global Trends and the Future of Higher Education in Chile

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By Sergio Bitar

We are pleased to share with our readers the article Global Trends and the Future of Higher Education in Chile (available in Spanish), by Sergio Bitar, Senior Fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue, who analyzes a series of global trends and the effects they could have on education policies in Chile. The article examines the implications of four specific trends: a) demographic changes, b) globalization and productivity, c) disruptive technologies, and d) governance for democracy. Read more

Producing High-Quality Teachers in Latin America

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By Jeffrey Puryear

We are pleased to share with you our most recent PREAL Policy Brief, “Producing High-Quality Teachers in Latin America.” The brief reviews the global debate on how to produce high-quality teachers, and connects that debate with conditions prevailing in Latin America. It discusses diverse approaches to the selection of teacher trainees, the content and regulation of training programs, and the assessment whether trainees are competent to teach. The brief summarizes some of the most commonly recommended strategies, and argues for an experimental, results-oriented approach.

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PREAL Publications: ICTs and Teacher Training in Latin America

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By Sarah Swig

The most recent Policy Brief “ICTs and Teacher Training: Initial Training and Professional Development” discusses teacher training in the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in the classroom, based on the 2014 SITEAL publication ICT Policies in Education Systems in Latin America (available in Spanish). Read more

PREAL Publications: Towards Quality Education for All

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By Ariel Fiszbein

In this document, entitled “Hacia una educacion de calidad para todos” and prepared for the first meeting of the Commission for Quality Education for All, we present our view on the five priority areas to improve the quality of education in Latin America

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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

PREAL Publications: Teacher Perceptions and Practices in Latin America

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By Belén Cumsille R.

The most recent PREAL Policy Brief “Teacher Perceptions and Practices Around the World. Analyzing the TALIS results from a Latin American perspective” examines the results of the second version of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey. The survey focuses on the processes of teaching and learning, regarded from the perspective of teachers in the areas of professional development, appraisal and schools feedback practices, teaching practices, self-efficacy, value of the teaching profession, and job satisfaction. Read more

PREAL Publications: Managing Classroom Dynamics to Support Learning

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By Tamara Ortega Goodspeed

The World Bank is launching a new book on teacher policy in Latin America today in Lima at a regional forum on teacher excellence co-hosted with Pontificia Universidad Católica in Peru. The book, Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean by Barbara Bruns and Javier Luque, analyzes key elements of teacher policy in the region and their impact on student learning. Read more

PREAL Publications: Can Evaluating Teachers Improve Effectiveness?

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By Tamara Ortega Goodspeed and T’Nia Crutchfield 

We are pleased to share with you the most recent PREAL Policy Brief  “Can Evaluating Teachers Improve Teacher Effectiveness? IMPACT Evaluations in Washington, DC.” PREAL Policy Briefs provide non-technical overviews of key education policy topics. Read more

PREAL Publications: Working Paper on Education Policy

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We are pleased to share with you the most recent PREAL Working Paper “What  Can Latin America Learn from Rigorous Impact Evaluations of Education Policies” by Richard J. Murnane and Alejandro J. Ganimian.  The paper reviews the lessons from impact evaluations for education policy in Latin America. Read more