Fundación Chile: “What impacts educational practices is teachers’ training evaluations”

Publicado: 15 June, 2015

Amidst the debate over the bill on the new National Teaching/Teacher Policy, Fundación Chile’s Centro de Innovación en Educacion stressed the importance for this initiative to include mechanisms that ensure the continuous improvement of the performance of teachers currently working in schools. She further stressed the importance of providing teachers with the necessary conditions to face the challenges posed by education for the XXI century, and today, are present in the classrooms.

In this context, the organization valued the fact that the initiative provides for the continuous training of teachers as well as a support-oriented evaluation. “What impacts teaching practices, is teachers’ training evaluation with formative purposes. We have seen this by supporting schools and teachers”, said Ana Maria Raad, Fundación Chile’s Centro de Innovacion en Educacion’s Manager, before the Education Commission of the Chamber of Congress. According to her statements, she further added that when the evaluation includes negative consequences for poorly evaluated teachers, it finally does not accomplish an improvement in their educational performance.

Fundación Chile’s Centro de Innovación en Educación stressed the importance for this initiative to include mechanisms that ensure the continuous improvement of the performance of teachers currently working in schools

In her experience accompanying more than 100 schools and lyceums throughout the country, Fundación Chile has been able to verify -on site- that the facilities have high turnover of teaching staff and little cohesion, which prevents implementing long-term plans. This results in the application of standardized teaching strategies that do not respond to the context of the school, and teachers have little room for the support and feedback of their practices. “They are also pressured by different evaluations, but proper use of the information derived is not done,” stated Ana Maria Raad.

Before this scenario, Fundación Chile valued the fact that the bill propounds the creation of an education career funded by the State, which will apply to teachers of all publicly funded schools and sets progress stages associated to certifications and salary increases.

It also stressed the importance of implementing a system of tutoring and mentoring to accompany the new teachers. “We understand that teaching is a profession that is built with practice,” stated Mario Uribe, Fundación Chile’s Director of Liderazgo y Gestión Escolar (School Leadership and Management). He stated that noting that it is important for Education graduates, to feel welcome and excited about joining one of the most important professions in the country. “For the process to make sense, it must be done mainly by the educational communities,” he added.

Finally, representatives of Fundación Chile urged the Congresspersons to make improvements to the bill, so it allows enhancing a vision of collective work of the teaching staff in schools. Hence, it is crucial creating general incentives that allow promoting collaboration within the educational communities.