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.