Yearly Archives: 2021


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Around the world administrators, teachers, parents, and students are beginning to step back into the classroom. Many are excited to “get back to normal” and forget about online learning. In most schools in Peru and Bolivia, due to isolated locations and lack of access to hardware, online learning was never an option to begin with. […]


Planning

  I love talking to teachers. And lucky for me, I get to speak with teachers from different countries with different backgrounds and different obstacles. Hearing their enthusiasm and compassion for the students is inspiring, but one topic that always seems to deflate teachers’ energy is when we talk about the paperwork behind lesson planning, […]


Virtual Teacher Training in Times of Covid

  Within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2021 we persevered with strength and collaborated with the UGELs of the Cusco region to offer educational proposals that “promote complex thinking through authentic activities and social-emotional well-being”.  Through remote work, we interact to develop the different scheduled activities. With the experience of last year, many […]


Alma Foundation Profiled in Academic Paper on Critical Thinking

  Alma Foundation: Improving Indigenous Education in a Culturally-Responsive Manner Garfield Gini-Newman, Ian McGroarty, Alan Harman, Laura Gini-Newman   Abstract: Rural Indigenous communities face significant hurdles in balancing educating children to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world while preserving their cultural values and traditional ways of life. In this chapter, the authors share […]


Database

  In our projects, we always focus on depth of impact, and to do so we need to be sure that we have strong indicators to measure student and/or teacher progress. As our state training programs grow to include more and more teachers, the effort we put into planning and measurement is even more rewarding. […]


Update as of March 2021

  Thanks to the committed support from teachers and administrators last year, we not only continued but expanded, our training programs with three provinces in Cusco, Peru, and the entire Department of Beni in Bolivia, including over 8,000 teachers reaching about 180,000 students! Here’s where we are as of the end of March 2021: Our […]


The New High Schoolers

    In Bolivia high schools follow what is called a “Bachillerato Tecnologico Humanistico” (BTH) to graduate students in different specialties depending on the choice of each school. This approach is aimed at giving high schoolers the possibility of training in a specialty that guarantees an economic livelihood when graduating and better knowledge to access […]


Making It Work in Beni, Bolivia

  The pandemic’s impact on the education system in Bolivia meant that in 2020 schools were closed and that teachers, students, and parents had to face new and different challenges. The challenge of figuring out how to deliver education during an extended ban on in-person learning when there was so little access to and understanding […]


Scaling Up

  “Scaling up” was championed as a key element of success back in business school. But then, in the real world, I saw that a focus on growth and scale came with huge costs to the welfare of employees, the actual client experience, the long-term sustainability of businesses, and the health of our environment. At […]


2020 Results in Peru

    As the 2020 school year in Peru comes to an end, we are starting to see the impact of our training programs. Of the 1,076 teachers trained in our Peruvian Distance Learning Program, after only two months: 78% observed improvement in academic performance in their students thanks to the techniques covered in the […]