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The Inter-American Dialogue is leading a two-year project designed to strengthen civil society support for improving teacher policy in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) and the Dominican Republic. The goal is to raise the profile of education reform, stimulate debate, and help build the consensus necessary to enable the region’s governments to adopt new and more effective teacher policies. This project was made possible by support from the Inter-American Development Bank’s Institutional Capacity Strengthening Thematic Fund (ICSF), established with contributions from the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Report Cards

In order to build awareness among leaders and decision-makers regarding the importance of teacher policy, the Dialogue is partnering with organizations in the region to produce a series of education report cards. The report cards seek to strengthen the capacity of national groups to analyze education policy and create a group of energized leaders – governmental and nongovernmental – capable of promoting reforms. Our partners are: Centro de Investigaciones Económicas Nacionales (CIEN) in Guatemala, Fundación Ricardo Ernesto Maduro Andreu (FEREMA) in Honduras, Fundación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Económico (FUSADES) in El Salvador, and Acción Empresarial por la Educación (EDUCA) in the Dominican Republic.

The following are the four report cards we produced (available in Spanish). In addition, we prepared a comprehensive report card that analyzes the most important trends, synthesizes the most relevant findings, and proposes areas of improvement at the regional level.

El Salvador RC Guatemala Honduras RC RD RC


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Policy Briefs

PREAL Policy Briefs provide non-technical summaries of key topics in the field of education policy. The following series offers eight policy briefs that aim to promote informed debates on how to improve the quality and effectiveness of teacher policies Latin America.

1. What Great Teachers Do (Puryear)What Great Teachers Do - Cover
2. Evaluating Teachers (Ortega & Crutchfield)Evaluating Teachers for Effectiveness - Cover
 3. Use of Classroom Time (Ortega)Managaing Classrooms to Support Learning - Cover
 4. Teacher Perceptions & Practices (Cumsille)Teacher Perceptions & Practices - Cover
5. School Principals in Chile (Weinstein & Muñoz)Principals in Chile - Cover
6. ICT and Teacher Training (Swig)ICT and Teacher Training - Cover
7. Producing High-Quality Teachers (Puryear)Producing High-Quality Teachers - Cover
8. Teacher Policy in CA & DR (Sucre & Fiszbein)Teacher Policies in Central America - Cover

Teacher Policy Seminar

The Inter-American Dialogue, in collaboration with the national partners and the Inter-American Development Bank, hosted a high-level seminar on emerging issues in teacher policy in Central America and Dominican Republic. The seminar took place in Panama City on March 4, 2015 and convened civil society individuals, academics, government officials, and education experts. A video of the seminar is available below. Pictures are available here.

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