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  • This blog is written by specialists from the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Its objective is to provide arguments and ideas that will spark debate about how to transform education in Latin America and the Caribbean. This blog is a call to action for the reader. An idea, a project, or a question can make a difference.

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    Las opiniones expresadas en este blog son las del autor y no necesariamente reflejan las opiniones del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, sus directivas, la Asamblea de Gobernadores o sus países miembros.

    The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Management, its Board of Executive Directors or its member Governments.

    Cynthia Hobbs

    Senior Education Specialist

    Cynthia Hobbs is a Senior Education Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. She has a keen interest in teacher quality issues, having taught elementary school, adult education and university courses. She also has carried out research on teaching practices and education reform. Prior to joining the IDB, she worked for 15 years at the World Bank. She has managed preparation and oversight of projects in early childhood development, primary and secondary education, youth issues, and school to work transitions, and has extensive experience leading discussions with government authorities and key stakeholders to develop policies and programs to provide equitable access to education and training opportunities for children and youth. Ms. Hobbs co-authored School and Work in the Eastern Caribbean: Does the Education System Adequately Prepare Youth for the Global Economy? (World Bank, 2008), and chapters for several publications on Paraguay’s education reform, as well as a chapter on Paraguay for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide (2007). She has a degree in Psychology from Bates College and a Master’s in International Education from Harvard University.

    Cynthia Hobbs

    Published posts:

    A hands on approach to improving schools in Jamaica

    Date: Mar 12 2015

    Battle of the Sexes – Who is Underachieving?

    Date: Nov 21 2014

    How Emotions impact the Decision to Drop Out

    Date: Oct 30 2014

    Mass Producing Excellence in Education: Transforming Exceptions into the Rule

    Date: Aug 22 2014
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    From boys to men

    Date: Jul 22 2014
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    You can’t make a pig fat by weighing it! – Part II

    Date: Nov 27 2013
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    You can’t make a pig fat by weighing it! – Part I

    Date: Nov 21 2013
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