News and Recent Projects

2011

Third National Meeting of Strategic Information and Academic Reinforcement (PNIEB or Programa Nacional del Ingles en la Educacion Basica) in Mexico D.F.; Mr. Stephen Marban, speaking into microphone; to his right, Dr. Juan Manuel Martinez Garcia, Director Adjunto, General Direccion of Curriculum Development and Planning, in the Secretariat of Basic Education.

LAES at SEP

2009-2012

Latin American Educational Services contracted by the ministry of education in Mexico to evaluate nationwide English results in primary schools.

Starting in 2009 Latin American Educational Services worked with the Secretaria de Educación Publica (SEP, Department of Education in Mexico) to plan, manage and implement the educational assessment of 64,000 students and 430 English teachers participating in the three-year pilot program of the Programa Nacional de Inglés en la Educación Básica (PNIEB), in all 32 states. The PNIEB represents the important national initiative within the SEP to teach English as a foreign language starting at the elementary school level, and is planned for nationwide implementation in the 2014-2015 school year.

The PNIEB initiative is seen as a key program within the Mexican public school system as it is expected to directly impact Mexico's competitiveness in the globalized markets of the 21st Century.


Site visits by Dr. Peter Sayer, University of Texas at San Antonio, and others to schools in the states of Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa and the Distrito Federal, March, 2010. (Shown below - Stephen Marban; Dr. Peter Sayer, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Texas at San Antonio; Maestra Alicia Zárate Caballero, Director of English in Basic Education in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico; and the principal of a community school in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas (name unknown).


Shown below - Scenes from the application of a large-scale, longitudinal study of English proficiency advances among 64,000 Mexican public school students who participated in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 stages of a pilot of a new national English curriculum and standards. The study consisted of a pre-test, an intermediate, qualitative evaluation, and a post-test given to a representative sample of students and the results analyzed to draw conclusions about the success of the program. Photos were taken during an assessment at the Mártires de Uruapan School in the Vallejo section of Mexico, D.F. in September 2010.












2011-2013

Latin American Educational Services contracted by the Inter-American Development Bank to develop English evaluation materials for use in IAPE program

Latin American Educational Services was contracted by the Inter-American Development Bank (www.IADB.org), affiliated with the World Bank in Washington, to develop and validate new English language assessment tools for a project occurring in Puebla, Mexico. In that state, the Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the Inter-American Partnership for Education (IAPE, http://www.worldfund.org/index.php/en/iape-home), itself funded through the WorldFund (www.Worldfund.org), teachers in the "tele-secundarias" sector of the public school system have access to a one-week intensive English course partly subsidized by the WorldFund and delivered in partnership with the Rassias Center at Dartmouth University. Using the "Rassias Method," the IAPE English course presents both language and methodology, and has been taught in several states in Mexico since 2009. The course continues to be a valuable source of education for some of Mexico's English teachers, and Latin American Educational Services is pleased to participate by developing and scoring diagnostic instruments specially designed for teachers and students in the program.

The diagnostic developed for the IAPE evaluation in Puebla, Mexico was the DIME™ or Diagnostic Instrument for the Measurement of English, an instrument which measures all four language domains - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing - among both teachers and students, using different and custom-made tests for each group and language domain.

The test was piloted in Puebla, Mexico and validation of the test was done by an experienced independent test validation agency based in Pennsylvania under scientifically controlled circumstances.

The DIME™ test instrument may be customized to any target audience and each DIME™ is uniquely developed for each institutional customer, which also receives the future right to that version of the DIME™ test. Double-blind scoring of the DIME™ instrument is often done in controlled circumstances by our experienced team at the University of Texas at San Antonio, in Texas.


2012

Latin American Educational Services opens market for digital educational content in Mexico

Latin American Educational Services has been contracted by Ascensa, the leading provider of educational hardware in Mexico and the licensee for Smart™ interactive whiteboards in Mexico, to continue to open the market for digital content in the classroom. Stephen Marban, Principal at LAES, will act as Director of Chango Maniaco, the Ascensa subsidiary responsible for educational software. Chango Maniaco will work with another Ascensa subsidiary, VideoNet, to bring integrated solutions to Mexican private school customers, and support sales to the public sector. VideoNet’s proprietary interactive classroom product integrates multiple technologies to deliver a next-generation solution to education in Mexico.

Principal among products promoted is Little Bridge™, a compelling 3-D learning experience based on avatar-based learning, and which represents the newest language-learning technology and methodology in education today.

Dr. Peter Sayer working in Tamaulipas, Mex