PREAL Blog

PREAL Blog is the blog of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Education Program. It provides cutting-edge analysis of education policies in Latin America, explores current and future global trends, and offers a space in which education experts can share their research, insights, and innovative ideas. The mission of the Dialogue’s Education Program is to help improve the quality of education in Latin America. Our motto is "better policy for better education." We build on the Dialogue’s convening power and strong regional network of experts and leaders to advance evidence-informed education policies in Latin America.


The Transformation of Learning with the Use of Educational Technology

Mateo Samper ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

http://www.schooltechnology.org Photos of elementary students using iPads at school to do amazing projects.
The state of education in Latin America is mixed. While there has been significant progress in terms of coverage and schooling rates, the quality of education still leaves much to be desired. What should we do to prepare the coming generations? What skills do people need to develop in order to actively participate in society and compete in the labor market? How should education be transformed, and why is technology—when used correctly—the key to this process? This blog seeks to answer these questions in a practical way, emphasizing the importance of adopting technology to transform learning.Read more +

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Education

Eduardo Vélez Bustillo ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

There are many reasons why and ways in which partnerships between the public and private sectors can benefit education programs. The sheer scale of the challenge to improve the quality of education justifies the need to collaborate. Additionally, more than just working in parallel towards a common goal, the two…Read more +

How to effectively lead an education system: Advice from Otto Granados

Daniela Saez, Sergio Cabrales Dominguez, Otto Granados Roldán ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank MD and COO visits a school project in LeÛn, Nicaragua, that provides education and nutrition to students from poor areas. Robert Valls/World Bank
Whose advice should education decision-makers in Latin America—and in middle-income countries in general—be taking? In an interesting initiative, Fernando Reimers has compiled a book of letters and recommendations to ministers and decision-makers in education (Letters to a New Minister in Education: Learning to Lead Education Systems). The Dialogue’s Education program…Read more +

The Need to Build an Ecosystem for EdTech in Latin America

Mateo Samper ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Leer en español     The use of technology in education has the potential to improve the teaching and learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. All over the world we are increasingly seeing successful technology-driven innovations. Whether reaching children and young people that have been traditionally excluded from…Read more +

Políticas docentes en América Latina: Un panorama regional

Sarah Stanton ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), presidente de México, anunció a finales de abril que dirigió un memorándum presidencial a sus secretarios de Gobernación, Educación Pública y de Hacienda en el que ordenaba cancelar la reforma educativa aprobada por su predecesor hace seis años. Aunque la revocación de la reforma educativa…Read more +

Teacher policies in Latin America: A regional panorama

Sarah Stanton ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (better known as AMLO), President of Mexico, announced earlier this spring that he was signing a presidential memorandum to his education and finance and public credit secretaries ordering them to cancel the education reform passed by his predecessor six years ago. Although axing the constituional reform…Read more +

¿Cómo podemos apoyar a los estudiantes del nivel secundario? Evidencia sobre becas y mentorías en Argentina

Maria Oviedo, Alejandro Ganimian, Nicolás Buchbinder ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Phil Roeder / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
En toda la región, la educación secundaria enfrenta graves desafíos: currículos y métodos de enseñanza desactualizados, maestros poco preparados y un número alarmante de alumnos que abandonan la escuela tempranamente. Un programa en Argentina combina las becas y las mentorías para ayudar a que los estudiantes de secundaria tengan éxito en la escuela.Read more +

What does the new US Education Strategy mean for Latin America?

Sarah Stanton ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Thomas Hawk / flickr.com / CC BY-NC 2.0
Delivered to Congress on September 7th, the US Government Strategy on Basic Education is a five-year guiding document to orient and coordinate the work of ten government departments and agencies. The Strategy represents a significant achievement—the first time that there has been an integrated, government-level plan for improving basic education…Read more +

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