The Leading Schools’ Network

The Leading Schools’ Network (REL, acronym in Spanish that stands for Red de Escuelas Líderes) is a pioneering community drawing attention to innovative learning experiences developed by schools and lyceums throughout Chile aspiring to improve the educational system as a whole.

With a twelve-year existence, REL represents the first national school network within diverse and challenging contexts, standing out as a beacon among the education system.

Currently, REL includes 110 schools from Arica to Punta Arenas, developing innovative projects with a positive impact on their students’ learning processes

Why was REL created?

The Leading Schools’ Network was brought forth in 2007 stemming from the interest to identify and provide adequate teaching and management practices.

As time went by, REL succeeded expanding and making visible the experiences of schools that have anticipated and tackled courageously and committed the challenges and trends of the future. In this sense, REL aims for the educational system to actually see the example of schools and lyceums, which with their own initiative, have implemented actions to improve the learning quality and allow education to fulfill the demands raised by the society in the XXI Century.

Impact of the Project

In 2017, the Leading Schools’ Network was acknowledged by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as one of the 27 projects to inspire educational improvement at a global level under its Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning Plan (IPPL).

The initiative was recognized by OECD for its attention to vulnerable sectors, horizontal functioning, knowledge transfer, and concern for innovation in the educational system in order to improve the conditions of equality and equity.

Program’s Roadmap


El Mercurio publishes a series of articles on “Education and Poverty” which gave way to the Leading Schools’ Network.


Fundación Minera Escondida joins the initiative and the first call for schools takes place. A total of 30 schools become part of the Network.


The Network adds up a total of 60 schools and lyceums.


Fundación Educacional Arauco joins the Leading Schools’ Network.


A fund is created to promote an exchange of experiences, giving rise to macrozone encounters. 86 schools are part of the Network.


The Leading Schools’ Network reaches a historical participation number of 100 participating schools and lyceums.


Six schools of the Network participate in the first laboratory of educational innovations in Red Lab Sur, where pilot experiences for the implementation of pedagogic methodologies are developed.


The Network reaches its maximum extent until today with 110 schools and lyceums.


The OECD recognizes the Network as one of the 27 initiatives that inspire scholar improvement worldwide.


Fundación Educacional Oportunidad joins the Network’s board as a new partner.

The Leading Schools’ Network initiative is driven by the partnership between Fundación Minera Escondida, Fundación Educacional Arauco, Fundación Educacional Oportunidad, El Mercurio, and Fundación Chile.

The Leading Schools’ Network is an initiative that contributes to objective 4 of sustainable development that searches to guarantee an inclusive, even, and high quality education, and to promote learning opportunities for everyone during their entire life. Specifically, through the promotion of innovative pedagogic initiatives, the Network contributes with objective 4.7, seeking that all students, from today until the year 2030, may acquire the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to promote sustainable development. This may be achieved through education, sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a peaceful and nonviolent culture, global citizenship, and the appreciation of cultural diversity, and the contribution of culture to sustainable development.

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