The Central American and Caribbean Early Literacy Network (RedLEI), aims to develop regional capacities to produce, disseminate, and use knowledge derived from research that seeks to improve the areas of learning and teaching early literacy. RedLEI is an initiative of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) and its Center of Educational Research (CIE). The network receives technical support from the USAID-funded LAC Reads Capacity Program (LRCP) implemented by American Institutes for Research in partnership with Juárez & Associates (J&A).
RedLEI was instituted on May 18, 2018, by the five founding Central American universities and the Coordinacion Educativa y Cultural Centroamericana(CECC/SICA). The founding group consists of: UVG, Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas de El Salvador (UCA), Universidad Pedagógica Francisco Morazán de Honduras (UPFM), Universidad Centroamericana de Nicaragua (UCA) and CECC/SICA. The founding partners have made a firm commitment to work together to support and sustain the network.
The objectives of RedLEI are to:
(a) Find and promote synergies among key stakeholders in research for early literacy;
(b) Strengthen institutional capacities for early grade literacy research;
(c) Strengthen local capacities for applied early grade literacy research in Central America and the Caribbean; and
(d) Advocate for the development and implementation of results oriented and evidence-based policies and best practices for early literacy research.
RedLEI is currently focusing on the following activities:
- Conducting a regional research study examining whether and how pre-service teacher education for early literacy aligns with the evidence on what teachers need to know to successfully teach children to read.
- Developing an online graduate-level program on early literacy theory, practice and research.
- Conducting a state of the region research study on the state of educational research at RedLEI founding universities.
- Supporting 10 scholars throughout the region to develop high quality research proposals and policy briefs focused on addressing early literacy evidence gaps.
Starting in September 2019, RedLEI will be operating independently of LRCP and USAID.
For more information and to learn ways to participate and/or collaborate with the RedLEI, please contact Dr. Ana Patricia Elvir, Director of RedLEI, by email Apelvir@uvg.edu.gt