Crème de la Crème: The Teach For All Experience and Its Lessons for Policy-Making in Latin America


  • Belen Cumsille R. The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ariel Fiszbein Inter-American Dialogue



Teach for All lessons, Teacher Education Reforms in Latin America, Teaching Profession


This paper analyzes the experience of Teach For All partners in different countries around the globe in three areas: (a) Recruitment and Selection; (b) Training and Development; and (c) Placement. Using information from semi-structured interviews with Teach For All staff members and national partners, we analyze the key elements of the Teach For All approach in these areas. Based on that analysis we argue that Teach For All’s active recruitment and rigorous selection of candidates, emphasis of quality over length in training, the continued support offered to teachers and the heavy emphasis on data and evaluation constitute practices that, if pursued at the systems level, could enhance the quality of teaching and, consequently, learning outcomes in Latin America.


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Author Biographies

Belen Cumsille R., The University of Texas at Austin

Belén Cumsille R. is a Masters in Public Affairs Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has specialized in Social and Economic Policy. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC).


Ariel Fiszbein, Inter-American Dialogue

Dr. Ariel Fiszbein is the Director of the Education Program at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. Previously he was Chief Economist for Human Development at the World Bank.




How to Cite

Cumsille R., B., & Fiszbein, A. (2015). Crème de la Crème: The Teach For All Experience and Its Lessons for Policy-Making in Latin America. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23, 46.



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