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The Dialogue’s Education Program (PREAL) seeks to improve the quality and equity of education in Latin America. It does so by partnering with public and private organizations throughout the hemisphere to identify policy options, promote informed debate on education policy, and monitor progress toward improvement.


Ariel Fiszbein Program Director
Jeffrey Puryear Senior Fellow
Federico Sucre Program Assistant
Kathryn Cronquist Intern
Maria Oviedo Intern 


The Inter-American Dialogue is leading a two-year project designed to strengthen civil society support for improving teacher policy in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) and the Dominican Republic. The goal is to raise the profile of education reform, stimulate debate, and help build the consensus necessary to enable the region's governments to adopt new and more effective teacher policies.

The Inter-American Dialogue launched Quality Education for All, an innovative, high-level initiative designed to promote educational reform in Latin America through the comprehensive mobilization of public and private sector leaders, media, and civil society organizations. The initiative is led by a high-level commission presided by former Presidents Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Ricardo Lagos of Chile.

The Inter-American Dialogue and CAF - Development Bank of Latin America hosted the seminar "Latin America's Productivity Challenge: New Approaches to Technical Education and Professional Training." This seminar brought together policymakers, academics, and other experts to discuss the state of technical education and professional training in Latin America, review lessons from experience, and explore opportunities for reform.


Learning to Work Together: Collaboration Around Ecuador's Ten-year Education Plan
By Orazio Bellettini and Adriana Arellano,
November 18, 2014.
(Lea en español)
Commission for Quality Education for All
By Ariel Fiszbein
, PREAL Blog, November 11, 2014.
(Lea en español)
Escuela Activa Urbana Promotes Non-cognitive Learning
By Jeff Puryear, Felipe Barrera-Osorio, and Maria Cortelezzi
, PREAL Blog, November 5, 2014.
(Lea en español)
Technology and Innovation to Improve Learning in LAC
By Federico Sucre and Sarah Swig
, PREAL Blog, October 28, 2014.
(Lea en español)

Only High-Quality Early Education Programs Work
By Ariel Fiszbein
, PREAL Blog, October 21, 2014.

(Lea en español)


PREAL Publications: What Do We Know About School Principals?
By José Weinstein and Gonzalo Muñoz,
December 2014.
(Lea en español)

PREAL Publications: Building Human Resources for Productivity in Latin America
By Ariel Fiszbein,
November 2014.
(Lea en español)

PREAL Publications: How Effectively do Latin American Teachers Manage Their Classrooms to Support Learning?
By Barbara Bruns and Javier Luque,
July 2014.
(Lea en español)

PREAL Publications: Can Evaluating Teachers Improve Teacher Effectiveness?
By Tamara Ortega Goodspeed and T'Nia Crutchfield, June 2014.

(Lea en español)


PREAL Publicaciones: Report Card on Education in Nicaragua, 2014 (Lea en español) February 26, 2014

PREAL Publicaciones: Policy Audit on the Dominican Republic (Lea en español) June 27, 2013

Decentralización para una Calidad Educativa: Una Tarea Pendiente June 2013

Equity is the Challenge: PREAL Launches First Education Report Card in Paraguay (Lea en español) May 7, 2013

PREAL Publicaciones: Policy Audit on Chile’s Preferential School Subsidies Program (Lea en español) March 15. 2013

First Report Card in Jamaica: Prisms of Possibility (Lea en español) January 21, 2013

La Subvención Escolar Preferencial en Chile: Mirada a su primera fase de funcionamiento January 2013

El reto es la calidad. República Dominicana 2010 November 9, 2011


Latin America's Productivity Challenge: New Approaches to Technical Education and Professional Training
January 28, 2015

Education Reform in Chile: Challenges and Opportunities summary by Federico Sucre, June 24, 2014

Beyond Contributory Pensions summary by Jennifer Mellett, March 13, 2014

Education, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Americas summary by T'Nia Crutchfield, March 13, 2014

Educación de calidad para todos: Una agenda prioritaria presentation by Ariel Fiszbein, March 11, 2014

Lanzamiento oficial Informe de Progreso Educativo Nicaragua 2014 Nicaragua Report Card Launch, February 26, 2014

Report Card on Education in Nicaragua, 2014 Interview with Ariel Fiszbein, February 24, 2014

Presentan Informe Avances educativos 2014 interview with Ariel Fiszbein, February 20, 2014