Math for Student Achievement: Sharing IB Teaching Approaches in Peru

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program (Fulbright DAST) 2023 Project Information

Project Overview

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City, Country: Lima, Peru

Project Dates: January 23 - February 24, 2023, OR August 23 - September 24, 2023

Project Length: 4-5 weeks

Summary: A expert U.S. math educator will work with Peruvian Gifted and Talented Schools to strengthen their International Baccalaureate (IB) math program and instruction.

Host Institution Information

Name: Directorate of Education for Students with Outstanding and High Performance

Type: Office within the Peruvian Ministry of Education


About: The Directorate of Education for Students with Outstanding and High Performance (DEBEDSAR) is an office within the Peruvian Ministry of Education in charge of overseeing the Outstanding Education Model in Peru and the High-Performance Schools (COARs). The implementation of the Outstanding Education Model started with the creation in 2009 of the first public High-Performance School for gifted students between the ages of 14-16, the Presidente del Peru Secondary School. Between 2014-2017, 24 other COARs were created in regions throughout Peru.

Currently, these COARs are serving approximately 8,100 students every academic year, with a distribution of 2,700 students across each grade of studies (3rd, 4th, and 5th years of high school, which correspond to U.S. 10th, 11th, and 12th grades). COAR students have access to two educational programs: The National Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The COARs encourage students to exercise active, democratic, and intercultural citizenship and design their life goals, emphasizing their commitment to the development of their communities, regions, and country. 32% of COAR students are designated by the Peruvian government as poor or extremely poor. In addition, 13% come from rural areas and 5% speak a language native to their region (Quechua, Aymara, or Shipibo-Konibo). Currently, the DEBEDSAR and COAR schools are operating in person.

Project Information

Background: pon entry to a COAR school, which students only gain if they have until then obtained certain minimum scores, some 3rd grade high school students (equivalent to U.S. 10th grade) demonstrate low results on mathematics examinations. Throughout their time studying at the COAR school, despite the schools’ strengths and dedication to excellence, many of these students are not able to improve their math grades, making it difficult for them to obtain their International Baccalaureate Diploma. The course that they have the most difficulty with is Analysis and Approaches SL/HL.

Goals: A U.S. expert math educator will work with a team of specialists from DEBEDSAR and math teachers from the COAR network to implement a mechanism that involves diagnosis, planning, formulation, execution, and evaluation of working plans that increase the academic achievement levels of third grade students (equivalent to U.S. 10th grade) in math. As a short-term objective, the U.S. expert math educator will work with COAR staff to help improve the math skills of COAR students to help them obtain their IB Diploma. Additionally, the U.S. expert math educator will work to spark more interest among students in math and STEAM subjects more broadly. It is hoped that successful approaches and techniques learned from this project will be able to be spread across COARs in other regions of Peru and, eventually, schools in other parts of the country.

Activities: Leading seminars, workshops, or other teacher professional development for educators; Consulting with administrators and/or instructors on faculty development; Developing academic curricula or educational materials; and Advising Ministry of Education or other educational institutions on educational policies and projects or participating in educational consultations

Target Beneficiaries: Math teachers and administrators

Qualifications of Selected Applicant

Teaching Level: Secondary (grades 7-12)

Years of Teaching Experience: 3+ years

Subject Area Expertise: Mathematics; Gifted and Talented Education; Teacher Training

Language Requirement: Intermediate-Advanced Spanish (B2 level)

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