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Building Human Resources for Productivity in Latin America

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By Ariel Fiszbein

The following article was prepared for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Sol M. Linowitz Forum. The main argument is that innovation in human resources training systems – professional-technical training programs and higher education in general – is critical to improving productivity. Latin America must eliminate institutional rigidities and expand spaces for experimentation in models of educational service delivery. Although it is not easy to find a solution, the real failure is not trying, not innovating. Read more

Learning to Work Together: Collaboration Around Ecuador’s Ten-Year Education Plan

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By Orazio Bellettini and Adriana Arellano*

One of the main obstacles to Ecuador´s development and progress is its geographic, social, political and economic fragmentation. High levels of fragmentation have reduced the possibility of implementing reforms that are key for Ecuador´s development. There is, however, an exception. The Ten-year Education Plan (PDE by its acronym in Spanish) which included eight education policies with long-term goals, was approved in a referendum in 2006 and has been implemented in collaboration with international donors, universities and civil society organizations, among other organizations.

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Commission for Quality Education for All

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By Ariel Fiszbein

I want to share with all of the readers of our blog a new initiative that excites us in a profound way: the launch of the Commission for Quality Education for All.

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Escuela Activa Urbana Promotes Non-cognitive Learning

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By Jeff Puryear, Felipe Barrera-Osorio, and Maria Cortelezzi

Nobel Prize winner James Heckman has noted that non-cognitive skills (i.e., social and emotional skills) are crucial in determining the success of young people, and that public education tends to ignore this fact.

The Urban Active School (Escuela Activa Urbana, EAU) in Manizales, Colombia targets non-cognitive skills. 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

Only High-Quality Early Education Programs Work

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By Ariel Fiszbein

There is increasing interest in and support for investments in early childhood development. Nobel Prize laureate Jim Heckman has become one of the most vocal voices in the US around the world arguing that investing in the human capital of young children is a fiscally responsible way of reducing costs and promoting economic growth.

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Technology in Education: To Guide or Not to Guide

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By Elena Arias Ortiz and Julian Cristia

The following article by Elena Arias Ortiz and Julian Cristia was originally written for WISE ed.review, a website that offers a daily selection of cutting-edge news, fresh insights and innovative trends in education. WISE has given The Inter-American Dialogue permission to reproduce the piece on the PREAL blog. To read the original article, click here.

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Education and Asset Building as the Answer to the Child Migrant Crisis

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By Manuel Orozco

With the news and debate about the increase of unaccompanied minors from Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) to the United States emerged a discussion surrounding the ‘root causes’ of the crisis.  While the discussion has somewhat dissipated because the crisis is no longer such a political problem, two issues must be considered in light of the recent Central American governments’ proposal of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle. The plan proposes investments in infrastructure and energy, yet it is important to pay attention to some determining factors that have driven migration and its immediate solutions.

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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

Myths and Realities About Teacher Absenteeism: The Case of Buenos Aires

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By Silvia Montoya*

On any given day in the city of Buenos Aires, approximately one in every ten teachers is absent. This percentage is greater than the observed figures in first world countries, while inferior to the figures reported in other developing countries and in other provinces in Argentina.

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