Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC): Define actions to strengthen public education in communes of La Granja, San Joaquín and Macul

As part of the agenda of activities carried out by the UC Faculty of Education and the Gabriela Mistral Local Public Education Service , within the framework of the “Lagar Alliance”, this June 3, the first meeting of the Steering Committee was held with the in order to review the lines of work and operating protocols for this 2022 . In it, four lines of action were defined, which include a survey and coordination of the Catholic University projects that are already working in the territory, research associated with the alliance, the strengthening of a shared vision, and collaboration and feedback with the schools , through the Faculty Internship System.

On the occasion, the UC Dean of Education, Alejandro Carrasco, commented that “the Lagar Alliance is a privileged way that we have from the university to contribute to public impact, educational practices and more precisely, to have an active role with education. in the territory in which we are inserted” , he pointed out.

The committee is led by the director of the Center for the Study of Policies and Practices in Education of the UC (CEPPE UC) , Magdalena Claro, and is also made up of the dean of the Faculty of Education Alejandro Carrasco , the economic director Claudia Pinochet, the research director Daniela Véliz, the postgraduate director, Natalia Ávila, the internship manager Florencia Gómez, the director of the Center for Educational Transformation (CENTRE UC), Ernesto Treviño, the director of the Center for Educational Justice, Claudia Matus and directors of the four academic departments of the Faculty. On the SLEP Gabriela Mistral side, its executive director, Pablo Araya, the deputy director of the Pedagogical Technical Support Unit, Daniela Triviño, and the Head of Continuous Training and Innovation, Camila Núñez, participate.

“The objective of this meeting is to outline the strategies from the different roles and perspectives that each of us has in our institutions, to enrich and address the challenge that lies ahead of contributing to improving the quality of education in the SLEP Gabriela Mistral” , explained Magdalena Claro, who coordinates Alianza Lagar from UC.

Lines of action
In his presentation, Claro explained that there are four axes that have been defined for this year from the work carried out by the Executive Committee of the Alliance . The first of them is related to the realization of a register of UC projects to know, coordinate, systematize and monitor the contribution of these projects to the SLEP Gabriela Mistral. Among them, he highlighted that “currently there are processes underway such as the work carried out by Collaborate UC, the Future School Library, the PACE Program and Penta UC, among others” , pointed out the director of CEPPE UC.

A second axis occurs within the framework of self-funded research projects that currently collaborate with the SLEP. Among them, one carried out by the Institutional Inclusion Line of the UC Educational Justice Center, led by Alejandro Carrasco and Macarena Hernández, entitled “The challenge of strengthening the attractiveness of Local Public Education: An analysis of the preferences of families in their school selection process in the Gabriela Mistral Local Service” , and the linking research with the SLEP called “Evaluation of the impact of regulated games on predictors of literacy in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children in contexts of high and low socioeconomic level” , in the hands of the UC Education academic, Jaime Balladares.

A third line of work will seek to contribute and answer priority questions for the SLEP Gabriela Mistral through competitive funds raised by the Faculty. As Claro pointed out, “what we seek with this is to gather information for the construction of a shared territorial vision of a pedagogical model of the Gabriela Mistral local service that allows us to make visible the perceptions of the different educational actors of the territory” . To do this, three research teams will be formed to address the three types of SLEP establishments: kindergartens, schools and high schools.

Another initiative that the Alliance will develop, within the framework of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Faculty of Education, will be to generate a link between the school system and the Faculty itself in the anniversary activities. “My professor or professor in 80 words, is a poetry contest where SLEP elementary and middle school students can participate and where we will give an award ,” said the director of CEPPE UC.

Finally, the fourth axis of work for this 2022 is given by the Internship System, where collaboration will be sought to develop initial training based on knowledge of the problems of the territory with common goals. In this sense, the head of Internships, Florencia Gómez, pointed out that “we will seek coordination for the assignment of teachers in training in centers managed by the SLEP, with the challenge of expanding our presence of internships in the territory ,” she said. .

Pablo Araya, executive director of the SLEP Gabriela Mistral commented that “in this alliance we are channeling a series of concerns that we have been able to detect over the two and a half years of operation. In this sense, we believe that a joint construction is key in the elaboration of proposals that emanate from here to be able to guide, from the practical experience and the data that we have, in the construction of valuable initiatives for all” , he concluded.