IAPE | INTER-AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION

Inspiring Teachers>Creating Leaders

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 one of seven best practices worldwide 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 2,220 teachers in more than 4,670 public schools.

As a result, IAPE has transformed over 2,134,500 students, and their surrounding communities.

 

Programs

All IAPE programs offer:

  • Unique English and pedagogical training
  • A virtual community for collaboration and ongoing support
  • The opportunity to advance from teacher to trainer to train additional teachers in Mexico

 

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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.

  • Three-year program of 100 hours
  • 75 hours of service with mentor support

IAPE Inspiring English Teachers II

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.

  • Three-year program of 68 hours
  • 75 hours of service with mentor support

IAPE English Trainers Corps

The IAPE English Trainers Corps 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 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 phiosophy and techniques pioneered by world-renown language professor John A. Rassias (1925-2015).  Cultural activities and excursions round out the residential component of the program.

Over 75% of each participant’s program costs are covered by the program sponsors. The balance is covered by each teacher’s home institution or state authorities. Program costs include round trip transportation, housing, all meals, all instructional costs, all teaching materials, medical insurance, cultural activities and excursions, and U.S. visa fees when applicable.

As with all IAPE programs, the residential component is followed by a three-year service commitment.

  • Three-year program of 130 hours
  • 100 hours of service with mentor support
  • English and pedagogical training at Dartmouth College (USA)

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.

Evaluation

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

Students of IAPE-trained teachers experienced a:

  • 10-week advance in reading, speaking, and listening skills compared to students of non-IAPE trained teachers
  • 19% increase in class time spent speaking and listening to English
  • 9% increase in expectations of the likelihood of attending university and having a job by age 30
  • 65% increase in time spent studying English outside of school

IAPE teachers experienced a:

  • 15% increase in time spent speaking English in class
  • 9% increase in time spent engaging students in dynamic activities
  • 9% increase in confidence, command of the classroom, and stage presence
  • 8% decrease in time spent working with students in their notebooks and textbooks

 

“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

Additional 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.

  
ACET

From its inception, Worldfund contracted the Mexico-City based consulting firm Aseguramiento de la Calidad en la Educación y en el Trabajo, S.C (ACET) to conduct independent evaluations of the IAPE program.

When compared to a pre-program baseline, ACET’s 2009 and 2010 studies found statistically significant increases in:

  • The percentage of time that students spoke English in class
  • The motivation and participation of students in class; the comfort students felt in speaking English both inside and out of the classroom
  • The percentage of teachers who reported collaborating with colleagues in the design of their classroom activities

The studies also found that teachers reported having more confidence in their ability to teach English; more empathy toward their students; and more appreciation of their role as teachers and of their students’ needs.

The study found English language supervisors who had participated in the program to be reaching out more to support those teachers under their supervision; to be more interested in creating appropriate teaching materials; to be developing more appropriate teaching materials; and to be demonstrating increased interest in training their teachers to improve their teaching practices and student learning.

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 2,100 million

Program supporters

Worldfund is thankful for the generous support for IAPE, provided by:

  • Bécalos
  • Bio-PAPPEL
  • Fundación Encuentra Tu Camino Amigo
  • Claudio X. González Laporte
  • The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Inc
  • Promotora Social México
  • HSBC
  • United States Embassy in Mexico
 
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