The Inter-American Partnership for Education (IAPE) was established in 2007 to transform English language instruction in Mexico’s most underserved public schools. IAPE trains, empowers, and supports a network of innovative English language educators who work together to create lasting and sustainable change in classrooms throughout the country. IAPE is a partnership of Worldfund and Dartmouth College’s Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures.
IAPE was recognized by Mexicanos Primero, a leading organization in the fight for quality education in Mexico, as a best practice for learning a foreign language. IAPE was the only practice cited that currently supports English education in Mexico.
IAPE offers three levels of English teacher training and provides constant reinforcement through in-person workshops, the online IAPE Forum, and a three-year mentoring program. To date, Worldfund has trained over 2,300 teachers in more than 4,670 public schools.
As a result, IAPE has opened opportunities to over 2.1 million students, and their surrounding communities.
IAPE PARTICIPANTS: Click here to log in to the IAPE VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMUNITY
IAPE ENGLISH TRAINERS CORPS CANDIDATES: Click here to download APPLICATION INFORMATION
STATE AUTHORITIES: Click here to download information about IAPE INSPIRING ENGLISH TEACHERS programs
All IAPE programs offer:
- Unique pedagogical training
- A virtual community for collaboration and ongoing support
- The opportunity to advance from teacher to trainer to train additional teachers in Mexico
IAPE Inspiring English Teachers I
IAPE Inspiring English Teachers I cohorts are launched throughout the academic year in close collaboration with state education authorities who provide financial and administrative support for the program.
Each residential component consists of intensive English instruction, taught by certified Rassias® immersion instructors, integrated with practical training to integrate the Rassias philosophy and teaching techniques into one’s classroom practices.
Each IAPE Inspiring English Teachers I session incorporates IAPE English Trainers Corps members as instructors. This builds a sustainable infrastructure for mentoring, networking, and ongoing peer support.
- 100 hour residential component delivered over ten days
- 75 hours of service with mentor support
The following IAPE Inspiring English Teachers I sessions are scheduled to take place in central Mexico during the 2017-18 academic year:
- Oct 1 – 11, 2017
- Nov 30 – Dec 10, 2017
- Jan 22 – Feb 1, 2018*
- Feb 12 – 22, 2018*
- Mar 5 – 15, 2018 *
- Apr 16 – 26, 2018 *
* Pending confirmation
All dates are subject to change
IAPE Inspiring English Teachers II
IAPE Inspiring English Teachers II cohorts are launched throughout the academic year in close collaboration with state education authorities who provide financial and administrative support for the program.
Each residential component includes training in the Rassias philosophy and technique as well as seminars by leading educators.
Each IAPE Inspiring English Teachers II session incorporates IAPE English Trainers Corps members as instructors. This builds a sustainable infrastructure for mentoring, networking, and ongoing peer support.
- 68 hour residential component delivered over six days
- 75 hours of service with mentor support
The following IAPE Inspiring English Teachers II sessions are scheduled to take place in central Mexico during the 2017-18 academic year:
- Oct 23 – 28, 2017
- May 14 – 19, 2018*
* Pending confirmation
All dates are subject to change
IAPE INSPIRING ENGLISH TEACHERS I and II application information
IAPE Inspiring English Teachers sessions are offered in close collaboration with local education authorities. If your state is working with IAPE, you may obtain application information and instructions directly from your school authorities. All admissions decisions are made by the IAPE Selection Committee, which is comprised of representatives from Worldfund and Dartmouth College.
State education authorities who are interested in offering the IAPE Inspiring English Teachers program for their teachers should please download and review the document below.
IAPE English Trainers Corps
The IAPE English Trainers Corps prepares the leaders in the IAPE network. These leaders train other teachers in IAPE programs and in their communities to create lasting and sustainable change.
Each cohort begins with a two-week residential component in July. Participants typically begin the experience with an intensive orientation in Mexico City before traveling together to the USA where they are housed in residence halls at Dartmouth College, an Ivy League institution located in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. No two days are alike, but a typical day during the residential component includes seminars conducted by Dartmouth faculty and/or other leading educators on such topics as language assessment, interdisciplinary instruction, mentoring, and working with children at risk as well as interactive sessions in the dynamic language teaching philosophy and techniques pioneered by world-renown language professor John A. Rassias (1925-2015). Cultural activities and excursions round out this component of the program.
As with all IAPE programs, the residential component is followed by a three-year service commitment. In the case of the IAPE English Trainers Corps, this commitment involves training, mentoring, and supporting other IAPE participants and non-IAPE participants alike.
- 130 hour residential component delivered over 14 days – the majority will take place at Dartmouth College (USA)
- 100 hours of service with mentor support
- Friday, November 3, 2018 2018 IAPE English Trainers Corps Application Process Opens
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Application Forms Due Electronically
- Monday, February 12, 2018 Letters of Recommendation Due
- March – May, 2018 Finalists Interviewed in Mexico
- May, 2018 Acceptance Decisions Announced
- July, 2018 IAPE English Trainers Corps Intensive Session
- August 2018 – July 2021 Three Year Service Commitment
*All dates will be announced as soon as they are available and are subject to change
IAPE IN ACTION
The commitment and support of the IAPE community does not end – in fact, it begins – at the conclusion of the each IAPE session. The IAPE Virtual Learning Community provides all participants with a vehicle through which to communicate with their colleagues and IAPE program staff, to share and report best practices, and to support each other through the challenges of implementing new pedagogical practices.
The way to help my country, my continent, and the world is by making our students feel the love and the emotion that the IAPE Team made us feel. I am definitely not the same teacher that I used to be. Now I can yell out loud, “I have the best job on earth.” Despite the hard times our country is living through, I know in my heart that we can make a difference, right there, where the magic begins… in our classrooms!
— Dina T. Technical Pedagogical Advisor, Inglés en Primaria, Guamúchil, Sinaloa
IAPE features the Rassias Method
The Rassias Method was developed by world-renowned language professor, John A. Rassias at Dartmouth College in the 1960s. The Rassias Method is a rigorous, interactive, and highly effective system for teaching languages that banishes inhibitions and fosters authentic communication. It is based on the premise that students speak to learn rather than learn to speak. The Rassias Method has trained more than 165,000 Peace Corps Volunteers in languages, as well as countless students and teachers throughout the world.
In 2014, the Inter-American Development Bank published the results of a ground-breaking randomized control trial (RCT) evaluation of the IAPE Inspiring English Teachers program.
The independent evaluation sought to measure the effects of IAPE training on participants and their students. The study was conducted with the cooperation of the Mexican States of Puebla and Tlaxcala and involved 144 high school and middle school teachers and their students. RCTs are the most rigorous evaluation available and the authors found only three previous RCTs on the effects of in-service teacher training on student learning.
All three previous studies were conducted in the United States and none found measurable results. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study of its kind ever conducted in Latin America and the first to show measurable results.
Results of IDB Randomized Control – After 30 Weeks of Classroom Instruction
Highlights of the findings, collected an average of 30 weeks after teachers’ participation in IAPE training:
- Teacher instruction is more dynamic
- Compared to the control group, IAPE-trained teachers spent less class time having students work in their notebooks while seated at their desks and more time engaging them in dynamic activities. They spoke more English in class, used didactic materials more and textbooks less, and demonstrated more confidence, command of class and stage presence while teaching.
- Students are more engaged
- Students of IAPE teachers spent more class time listening and engaging in conversations in English, displayed more excitement for learning, and devoted more time to studying English outside of class
- Student learning outcomes are stronger
- After an average of 30 weeks of exposure, students of IAPE teachers had progressed 10 more weeks in reading, speaking, and listening skills than students of non-IAPE teachers
- Student expectations and beliefs
- Students of IAPE teachers reported higher expectations of having a job at age 30 and attending university.
Read the full report here.
“I went there to learn about a teaching method and I came back with a life lesson…You not only taught us a way of teaching but a way of caring”
— María de Lourdes V., Universidad Tecnológica de Tlaxcala
IAPE Program Profile
- Launched in: 2007
- Location: All 32 states in Mexico
- Number of educators trained: 2,198
- Number of students reached to-date: over 2.1 million
Worldfund is thankful for the generous support for IAPE, provided by numerous individuals and the following supporters:
Claudio X. González Laporte
The Collegiate Churches of New York
Fundación Encuentra Tu Camino Amigo, A.C.
Fundación GBM I.A.P.
The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Inc.
Promotora Social México
United States Embassy in Mexico