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LISTO trains and supports public school principals in Mexico. The LISTO program is a two-year (257-hour) intensive course of study for 50 principals at a time. By partnering with the Department of Education, LISTO promotes the systematic change of the school management environment.

For every participant, LISTO creates a “leadership diagnosis” and measures the transformation of each principal’s leadership style throughout the program, evaluating the prevailing culture at each school in order to create a personalized intervention plan. LISTO principals attend in-person workshops that provide training in strategic planning, best practices in school management, and transformative leadership.

The principals also receive individualized coaching in the schools and through an online platform as they bridge theory and practice, evaluate their progress, and implement strategic plans. Through the online platform, they can communicate with other LISTO principals and share best practices.

Since LISTO was launched in 2009, Worldfund has brought the program to 2,969 schools, and trained 2,170 principals in 12 states: San Luis Potosí, Jalisco, Campeche, Estado de México, Guerrero, Veracruz, Nuevo León, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Puebla, Tlaxcala, and Sinaloa.

As a result, LISTO has impacted over 2,472,589 students.

  • 1-week introductory course and retreat
  • In-person trainings
  • Virtual Learning Community (Red de Líderes)
  • Individual coaching sessions
  • Visits and evaluations


Worldfund has contracted independent firms since 2009 to conduct comprehensive pre- and post- program studies with teachers, parents, and students. VALORA consultores evaluations revealed that LISTO training clearly helps principals lead more effectively, by providing practical skills and follow-up coaching.

2015 Impact Evaluation from BHR Consultores found that:

  • 84% of LISTO trained leaders consider the format of the program effective
  • LISTO helps schools improve their performance in standardized tests
  • LISTO captures the attention and interest of its participants
  • LISTO participants perform well and are committed to graduating

2016 Impact Evaluation Results from The George Washington University found that:

  • LISTO schools perform better than non-LISTO schools on Mexico’s National Assessment of Academic Achievement (ENLACE), a standardized test administered to almost 15.7 million students.

LISTO: Coaching and workshops to inspire leadership among public school principals in Mexico

Program Profile

Lauched in: 2009

Number of Mexican states participating: 12

Number o schools: 2,969

Number of principals trained: 2,170 

Number of students impacted: 2,207,781

Program sponsors

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

  • The Maitri Trust
  • Tenaris Tamsa
  • The Cummins Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Fundación Coppel
  • Worldfund also acknowledges Tamsa, A.C. for its contributions to program content and design
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