Volume 7, Issue 1
2010 has been all about program growth. Three of our notes, below, summarize the advancements we have been making this year expanding the three teacher/principal training programs that are at the cornerstone of Worldfund's efforts to improve the quality of education in Latin America.
In Brazil, we just received permission to expand STEM Brasil (training high school teachers how to teach science/math more effectively) to the orange juice capital, Araraquara, Sao Paulo, from Recife, where Worldfund already operates. For the 2010/2011 school year, we will increase the number of public schools participating in STEM Brasil from 3 to 36.
In Mexico, we just received permission to expand our School Leadership Program (training principals how to manage their schools better) to Chiapas, from Guerrero and Veracruz, increasing the number of principals we train from a current 100 to 150 over the next school year.
Also, in Mexico, we are expanding our IAPE (training teachers how to teach spoken English more effectively) program to train 200 public school teachers this year, up from 150 last year. For next year, we aim to train between 300-400 teachers.
To help us in our program growth efforts, Janet Kyle and Kelly Maurice have recently joined the Worldfund team as our new Director of Programs and Director of Worldfund, Brasil, respectively. Consistent with our private sector "way" of operating, both Janet and Kelly have significant private sector experience, in addition to relevant education experience. We are greatly appreciative of the terrific work of our outgoing Program and Brazil Directors, Michelle Viegas and Luiz Sergio Cardoso.
Finally, a heads-up! Our annual black-tie Education Leadership Award Dinner, on June 8th in NYC, honoring McDonald's, Arcos Dorados and Tenaris only has a handful of tables left. Our last five dinners have sold out. Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan, will be presenting the award this year and our favorite Jalisco 12-piece Mariachi Band will be back!
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to make a meaningful and systematic difference on how teachers teach and principals lead in Latin America.
Gracias and obrigada,
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Factlet of the Month
The return to every additional year of schooling is 10% at the secondary level and 18% at the tertiary level, suggesting that the wage differential between a college graduate and a primary-school graduate is 240%, based on a working paper published this month by the Natural Bureau of Economic Research.