The Huellas de la Esperanza model stresses holistic teaching and learning and enjoys strong community support and participation. The program's principle components include teacher training, classroom projects, and cross-curricular projects. Regular teacher training focuses on the subjects of math and language skills. Classroom projects use real-world, culturally appropriate activities that promote good behavior and self-control among students from high-risk backgrounds. Classroom projects are entirely constructed and maintained by the students' parents. The program currently operates and maintains six different projects:
- Orchard/vegetable garden
- Butterfly garden
- Worm farming
- Fish pond
- Flower garden
- Hen house
The program also has two cross-curricular projects, comprehensive prevention (assistance for parents to improve family relationships) and a reading plan (using library resources to promote reading).
Current program goals include:
- Improved teacher knowledge in mathematics and language
- Curriculum reform
- Establish evaluation methods to measure academic progress
- 30% of students achieve basic levels in math and language
- Achieve 35% family participation rate in classroom projects
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryChains or Networks of schools/centersStudent supportSchool supportEarly Childhood Development
Model details2006Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumMath/numeracyLiteracyActiveLong-term projectGovernment Education ExpenditureThe Genesis Foundation62048%52%
Fundación Huellas selects schools where a majority of children come from a vulnerable, socio-economic situation.
TechnologyCameraComputerInternetClassroom lesson deliveryLearning materials for studentsTeacher trainingTeaching materials
Scale1515 teachers are trained each year22 primary schools are currently active25352535 reading books distributed
Note: Total learners, teachers, and parents numbers only include those in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.July, 2013
In 2012, Fundación Huellas replicated the school model in Juan XXIII, a public school in Soledad, Colombia.
Fundación Huellas hopes to replicate the model in another school, ideally in another region of Colombia, in 2014.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Fundación Huellas carries out evaluations and assessments of students at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year to measure their progress in relation to national standards. In 2012, the program established baselines of teacher and student performance in math and language subject areas and in 2013 and 2014 began testing on a small number of teachers and students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Fundación Acesco Regional Atlantico is currently working to design an impact evaluation.Standardized assessment performanceInternal assessment performanceTeacher attendanceOtherParent participationAnnuallyNo
2012 - 14 teachers received training
2014 - 15 teachers regularly attended math and language training sessions every 15 days
2014 - 269 parents visited the community center, 19 attended workshops to improve familial relations, and 14 were trained in the pedagogy of affection
2014 - 27 parents actively participate in the construction and maintaining of classroom projects