Panels


2017 LAEF Conference Panels

See below information about the panels of the Latin America Education Conference!

The role of innovation and NGOs in expanding educational opportunities

The purpose of this panel is to explore the importance of NGO’s and other educational organizations in Latin America. The motivation behind exploring this topic is to bring to light successes and challenges of working in this sector in Latin America. In this panel, we will explore how panelists came to this career, the effects of the political and economic climate on their work and the development of civic education programs.

Location: Askwith Hall

Time: 10 15am-11 30am

Moderator: Kelsey Carlton and Cristina Parajón

Participants:

  • Dina Buchbinder Auron (President and Founder, Education for Sharing)
  • Miguel Lopez (President, Organization for Youth Empowerment)
  • Carla Mayumi (Director and Co-founder, Talk Inc.)

Video Screening and discussion: “The beginning of life”

The purpose of this panel is to explore the challenges of popularizing research findings for larger audiences, and using research material in advocacy. We will have a screening of a chapter of “The Beginning of Life”, a multi-country documentary that used neuroscience and early childhood research in order to inform families and advocate for the importance of early childhood on a policy level. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Pedro Hartung, who was part of the production team at Alana Institute.

Location: Longfellow 320

Time: 2 15pm-3 30pm

Participants:

  • Pedro Hartung (Visitant Researcher, Harvard Law School)

Recent evidence from impact evaluations on educational outcomes

The general purpose of this panel is to explore the importance of impact evaluations as a source of information about what is working in educational interventions in Latin America and a means to better inform policy-making.

Location: Longfellow 319

Time: 2 15pm-3 30pm

Moderator: Nicolás Riveros Medelius

Participants:

  • Rita Almeida (Senior Economist, World Bank)
  • Felipe Barrera-Osorio (Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Stephanie Majerowicz (Doctoral candidate, Harvard Kennedy School)

 

Fighting for Equality, Respect and Reproductive Rights in Latin America

This panel will showcase a variety of efforts being made to influence policy and behavior regarding sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality in Latin America. Panelists bring perspectives from the fields of international law, journalism, and social media, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist in the movement for women’s rights in Latin America. What role does gender and culture play in this movement, and how can existing power dynamics be tapped into or restructured? We will also ask how international actors and “outsiders” can support grassroots organizers in their fight for equality, respect and reproductive health.

Location: Longfellow 319

Time: 3:45pm-5pm

Moderator: Meera Seshadri (Associate Director, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response – OSAPR)

Participants:

  • Catalina Martínez Coral (Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean, Center for Reproductive Rights)
  • Gabi Oliveira (YouTuber, DePretas)
  • Nana Queiroz (Director and Founder, AzMina)

 

Teaching and teaching quality in Latin America

The purpose of this panel is to explore the role of teaching in expanding quality education for all children in Latin America. The motivation behind exploring this topic is to bring to light recent efforts to improve teaching quality in the region, with a special focus on opportunities and challenges facing different models. Ultimately, the panel will provide a glimpse of lessons learned in the context of different countries, and discuss the most pressing needs for the
future.

Location: Longfellow 320

Time: 3:45pm-5pm

Moderator: Ana Teresa del Toro Mijares and Holly Sumner

Participants:

  • Leidy Cabrera (Regional Director, Teach for Mexico)
  • Eleonora Villegas-Reimers (Associate Professor, Wheelock College)

 

Challenges in the evaluation of education in Latin America: national and international perspectives

The purpose of this panel is to explore the possibilities, progress and challenges that large-scale learning outcomes evaluation present in Latin America. For this panel, we will have two different levels of discussion. The problems at a national level, such as gaining autonomy for the institutions that conduct large-scale assessments and building the required technical capacity will be addressed first. Afterwards, the challenges of coordinating different country-level evaluation policies in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals will be discussed.

Location: Askwith Hall

Time: 5 15pm-6 15pm

Moderator: Nicolás Buchbinder

Participants:

  • Silvia Montoya (Director, UNESCO Institute of Statistics)
  • Harvey Sánchez (Executive Director, INEVAL Ecuador)
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