Professor of International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Fernando Reimers focuses his research and teaching on identifying education policies that support teachers in helping low-income and marginalized children succeed academically. His courses focus on the core education challenges in the development field and on the role of social entrepreneurs in creating solutions of value to improve the quality and relevance of education. His current research in Brazil and Mexico focuses on the impact of education policy, education leadership and teacher professional development on literacy competencies and civic skills. He is also evaluating a cross-national project to foster democratic citizenship skills and civic education in Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Paraguay. He is also studying the effectiveness of an education program to promote youth entrepreneurship in the Middle East.
More information about his academic work is available on his website (http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=fernando_reimers). He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the International Academy of Education, Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education and Member of the Middle East and North Africa Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum as well as a member of the United States National Commission for Unesco. He is currently serving on the Global Learning Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges and Universities Project “General Education for a Global Century” focusing on some of the pressing issues related to global learning and undergraduate education. In 2011 he will be chairing a Think Tank on Global Education, designed for teachers, principals and education leaders interested in strengthening global education in K-12 schools.
Reimers holds an Ed.D. from Harvard University.
An educator since 1978, Beatriz Cardoso received her Ph.D in Education from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1997. She started her career as a primary school teacher and since then both her work and academic studies have focused in elementary education. She came back to USP in 1990 as a lecturer at the Education College, where she worked for 10 years.
Cardoso has also received anspecialization diploma in “Teaching languages in the Primary School” from Institut Municipal d’educació de Barcelona, in Spain. She has written several contributions to education journals and is co-author of three books that ponder the way children are taught to read and write in school and about teacher training.
She has been President of of CEDAC (Centro de Educação e Documentação para Ação Comunitária), an NGO which works for the quality of public Education in Brazil, for the last ten years.