Leaders in Education: How to Identify and Implement Effective Education Policies


Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have set themselves the goal of ensuring that all children and young people in the region acquire the learning and skills necessary to fully develop and productively contribute to society. This course summarizes the main theoretical and practical research surrounding evidence-based education policies and delves into the key improvements and challenges observed in education systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The course has been organized around five key features of successful education systems:

- High goals for student achievement that guide all activities within an education system;
- Access to high-quality early childhood and preschool development programs so that all students enter the school system ready to learn;
- Effective teachers to improve and reduce achievement gaps;
- Access to and effective use of adequate resources in all schools to promote student learning; and
- Ensuring that all young people acquire the skills necessary to reach their full potential in the professional world and contribute to society.

The course’s target audience includes people with experience in the implementation of educational programming interested in expanding their knowledge about recent research in the field of education policy. More specifically, it is aimed at high- and middle-level secretaries, directors, managers, and technical personnel in national and regional Ministries of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. The course also targets employees of multilateral and non-governmental organizations who regularly interact with Ministries of Education in the design and implementation of education policies and programs.
8 Hours per week
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Module 1. Introduction
Module 2. High Goals
Module 3. Early Education
Module 4. Effective Use of Resources
Module 5. Adequate Resources
Module 6. Relevant Skills

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