Public Panel: Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century


Friday, September 30, 2016, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


GCC1, Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

The Global Education Innovation Initiative at HGSE is pleased to invite you to join us for panel discussions about teaching and learning in the 21st century.


Speakers will talk about what their organizations do to advance 21st century learning in their countries, including why they do what they do (need and motivation) and how they do it (theory of change).  They also will share stories about some of their successes and challenges.
There will be time for Q&A.

Panel One, 2-3pm:
Teaching & Learning for the 21st Century in Chile, Colombia, and China

Paulia Grino, Santiago Isaza , Charlie MacCormack, Jiangyong Xu

Panel Two, 3-4pm:
Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century in Brazil, India, and Mexico

Claudia Costin, Armando Estrada, Rafael Parente, Monal Poduval (will be speaking about Dream a Dream)

Panelist Biographies

Claudia Costin is a Visiting Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is on leave from her professorship at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro on Public Policy, and is currently Senior Director for Education at the World Bank Group. From 2009 to 2014, she served as Secretary of Education for the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Claudia has held academic positions at the Catholic University of São Paulo, INSPER Institute of Education and Research, and École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Québec. She holds a master’s degree in Economics and Management and an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from the Escola de Administracao de Empresas de São Paulo of the Fundacao Getúlio Vargas.

Armando Estrada is co-founder and current CEO at Via Educacion, an organization based in Mexico that seeks to promote opportunities for sustainable social development through education; it accomplishes its mission through the design, implementation and evaluation of education initiatives for citizenship engagement. Via Educacion’s purpose is to unleash the potential of society to transform itself. Prior to Via Educacion, Armando joined CEMEX (third largest cement company in the world) global headquarters. He was appointed to design the company’s process assessment system to measure sustainability. Armando pioneered the CEMEX’s “officer on loan” program where he served for three years as research and evaluation director of a public private partnership effort for the improvement of the education in Mexico.

In 2013 Armando was appointed fellow of Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs. Later in 2014 he joined the Academy for Systemic Change led by Peter Senge and now serves as a member of the board. As a volunteer; he has traveled every year for 15 years to impoverished and highly marginalized communities for hands-on community service. One of Armando’s current projects and challenges is the renewal of the school culture in the Mexican education system using a systemic approach, the goal is to help schools transform themselves to become the best places to work, to learn and to participate, according to teachers’, students’ and parents’ perspectives respectively. Armando holds a Bachelor in Sciences with a Major in Industrial and Systems Engineering by Monterrey Tech; and a Master in International Education Policy by Harvard University. Armando lives in Monterrey México, is happily married to Mariali Cárdenas and has two children, Juan Pablo (6 years old) and María Isabel (2 year old).

Paulina Grino is representing Inquiry-based Science Education (IBSE) program in Chile. She is a chemist from Universidad de Chile, M.A. in Teaching and Teacher Education from University of Arizona and doctoral candidate in Teaching and Teacher Education at the College of Education, UA. She has worked teaching science and preparing science teachers in both: Chile and USA. In addition, she worked for a number or years for an environmental learning center with school age students in Tucson, AZ. Her current work focuses on classroom teachers, as her role in IBSE –Chile, is to work with teachers in developing and enacting science lesson plans with inquiry as a teaching strategy. In addition to working for IBSE –Chile, she is conducting her research project in science teaching in rural and indigenous schools. Her interests are in science and environmental education in multicultural contexts, particularly in Latin America. IBSE –Chile is collaborative effort from Universidad de Chile and Fundacion Allende – Conelly. 

Santiago Isaza is an industrial engineer, has a master’s degree in Strategic Thinking and Prospective of the Externado University of Colombia, he is specialist in project management and international business management; has studies in management of international cooperation, human rights and marketing. He has had international academic experiences at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C., and at the Leadership Academy of New York. Additionally he made an international course of Partnerships for Impact at Stanford University. He was the CEO of “Nutrir Foundation” and has worked for more than 12 years in the Luker Foundation, where he has held various management positions, leading different projects in education, recreation and job training. Currently, he is the director of education projects of this foundation, coordinating projects such as Urban Active School, University at your school, “Aprende” and Manizales University City. He’s also Professor of Knowledge Management of the Externado University of Colombia, in the Master of Assessment and Quality Assurance of the Education. 

Dr. Charles MacCormack is the former President and CEO of Save the Children US, an independent nonprofit organization with programs in the United States and more than 50 countries. He also serves on the board of directors of the International Save the Children Alliance, which implements programs totaling $2.2 billion for children in 120 countries, and is former chair of the board of InterAction. He co-chairs both the Basic Education Coalition and the Campaign for Effective Global Leadership, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was selected to participate on the Founding Committee of the United Nations University, and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the 1997 World Food Summit and the 2002 General Assembly Special Session on Children.

Prior to his current position, Dr. MacCormack was President of World Learning (formerly the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992, and was Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Dr. MacCormack received his doctorate and master’s degree from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.

Rafael Parente has a master's degree in education from PACE University and is a PhD in international education development from New York University. He is the founder and director of LABi, a laboratory of educational innovation, founder and CEO of Aondê, an edtech start-up (, he assists the movement Todos pela Educação in matters related to innovation, and he was the deputy secretary in charge of innovation at the Municipal Secretariat of Education of Rio de Janeiro from 2009 to 2013. During this period, he idealized and implemented innovative programs and concepts such as Educopédia (platform of digital classes), Pé de Vento (mash-up of literacy course, games, and ebook), Rioeduca (a portal for the exchange of best practices), and GENTE (a new model of school that personalizes the learning process).

Monal Poduval is the program director and Faculty at the Piramal School of Leadership, a leading institute in India that specializes in researching and providing leadership development programs for nation building. She leads a team of professionals who train, research, and develop learning materials for both the three-year Principal Leadership Development Program that offers leadership development to principals in public Indian schools to turn around failing schools and improve student outcomes, as well as the two-year full-time Gandhi Fellowship program that trains young people in leading social change, through which over five hundred fellows from India’s best colleges have gone on to nation-building roles.   Previously she trained and taught at Pratham Gujarat and at universities in India. She has also published over two hundred articles in a daily newspaper in India. Ms. Jayaram is trained as an art historian and has been practicing in the field of education for twenty years.

Jiangyong Xu is the Deputy Director of the Qingyang Bureau of Education, Chengdu, Sichuan, P. R. China. Before his current position, he worked as a teacher, deputy headmaster, and the deputy director of the Department of Basic Education of the bureau. Jiangyong worked at the Department of Basic Education of the Ministry of Education in 2011, and assisted in projects of compulsory education equity. He was one of the six local education administrators appointed by the Ministry of Education to share experiences in promoting educational equity around China. He graduated the University of Melbourne, Australia with a Master of Education degree. The National Institute of Education Sciences honoured him as an Exemplary Educational Researcher and Reformer of the 11th Five-year Period.