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What Works in Education: Evidence-Based Education Policies

Inter-American Development Bank via edX

Overview

This 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 that prepare students entering the school system;
  • Effective teachers to improve learning and reduce achievement gaps among students;
  • Access 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.

This course is "self-paced" so you can enroll at any time, even if the course has been open for a while. You can take it at the time that is most suitable for you inside the enrolment period of the course.

If you opt for the Audit track, you could complete the course free and have 10 weeks to take the course from the day you subscribed.

If you opt for the Verified track , you can access the course in an unlimited way and complete the qualified evaluations until the closing date, (Jan, 14th, 2022), after making a payment of $25 . If you pass, in addition to the verified certificate, you will obtain a digital badge *that allows you to change the way you share your academic and professional achievements, as for example, on social media.

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Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction

We will spend this module researching the main issues of education systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, while introducing the 5 dimensions of success in education policy that we will delve into in the following modules.

Module 2: High goals

Establish the need to define high-level student learning goals that guide all activities of the education system.

Module 3: Early education

To ensure that all students enter the school system ready to learn we must provide full access to high-quality early childhood development (ECD) and preschool programs.

Module 4: Effective teachers

We will understand why it is important to have high-quality teachers, and we will discuss the characteristics that a good teacher should have. and we will see how appropriate policies can help our region to improve teacher quality through an improvement in recruiting and talent management.

Module 5: Adequate resources

We will discuss how to ensure that all schools have adequate infrastructure, finance and technological resources and be able to use them effectively for improving learning. We will also address one of the most important issues our region faces in education: how to ensure that resources have a positive impact on most vulnerable populations.

Module 6: Relevant skills

We will discuss how to promote education policy to ensure that all young people acquire the necessary skills to achieve their maximum potential in the workplace and contribute to society.

Taught by

Emiliana Vegas

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