Teachers in first-ever evaluation test.

Hefty salary rise a dangerous precedent

In its leap year edition, the newspaper Reforma published an official announcement by the Education Secretariat (SEP): “The efforts of teachers will be reflected in their paychecks. More than 10,000 FULL STORY

Teacher evaluation: a long-term process.

Evaluation process: patience required

In education, everyone wants results “yesterday,” but the fruits of educational initiatives are rarely seen in the short term. An educational vision generally is oriented toward a desired future five FULL STORY

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A long journey starts with a single step

Educators use “backwards design.” It starts by visualizing the final product or goal and then goes back to structure the initial and intermediate steps to ensure a successful outcome. Directives FULL STORY

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Teacher evaluation: exams not enough

Up to now, teacher evaluation in Mexico seems to be a process of judging who is “suitable” (idóneo) and who isn’t by administering standardized tests of professional knowledge. Agreed, a FULL STORY

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Test results disastrous but not surprising

The commentary has been definitive: “an educational disaster;” “formal education in Mexico couldn’t be worse.” All the important Mexican educational columnists seem to agree about the results of the recent FULL STORY

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Medical education comes just in time

MedSpanish is a Mexican example of “horizontal relevance,” which happens when a learner acquires information so he or she can solve an immediate problem. It’s known as “just in time” FULL STORY

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Practical exercises in tech citizenship

Educators and students can do practical exercises in technological citizenship (how technology conditions our participation in civic and social life) that don´t require a computer lab. To understand technology it’s FULL STORY

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To evaluate teachers, ask the students

Giving students a role in evaluating their teachers gives rise to fears. Some teachers and educational policy makers think that students aren’t mature enough to be trusted with such an FULL STORY

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Stress a challenge to health, education

Blame the stressful lives of many poor families for lack of academic progress and poor health. In 1995, more than 17,000 participants took the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) survey, reporting FULL STORY