About Us Welcome to the Inter-American Collaboratory for the Teacher Profession, a multilingual, open-access, and collaborative knowledge bank designed for all stakeholders concerned with teacher policies and practices. The Co-TEP aims to bring together key actors in the field of the teaching profession in order to assemble a portfolio of successful policies, programs, methodologies, studies and professional development. This portfolio aims at strengthening the quality of education in the Americas by providing educational resources for governments, teachers, school leaders, academia and other stakeholders interested in the role of teachers in education.

During the Seventh Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education of the OAS member states, which addressed the theme of “The Role of Teachers to Meet the Needs of 21st Students”, Ministers highlighted the need to have a regional Knowledge Bank or repository of policies, programs and practices related to the teaching profession. This Knowledge Bank should become a component of the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN), an initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS), developed and coordinated by its Department of Human Development, Education and Culture (DHDE). ITEN is a professional network of leaders in education in the Americas that promotes horizontal cooperation on issues related to teacher policies and the teaching profession among OAS member states.

The proposed name for this Knowledge Bank “Inter-American Collaboratory for Teacher Education” has been inspired in the UNESCO publication “Towards Knowledge Societies” . Here, the concept of “Collaboratory” was introduced in 2005 by Koichiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s General Director. “Collaboratory” is a fusion of “collaboration” and “laboratory”. The term designates a distributed model of knowledge production and of social relations based on collaboration, sharing and cooperation for the common good.

The Inter-American Collaboratory for Teacher Education has been conceptualized to allow governments, academia, researchers, unions and members of the civil society to exchange documents and media related to core themes in the teacher profession. Information and communication technologies facilitate collaboration across countries and beyond boundaries. Co-TEP spirit is to give visibility and promotion to policies, programs and practices that have addressed issues in the field of the teaching profession that were successful and have made a change. This body of knowledge will be accessible to all member states and will be the seed to foster horizontal cooperation among countries in the Americas. The body of documents of the knowledge bank will be made available for Ministries of Education and the education community in general for them to have access to policies and programs that can be shared and replicated with the support of technical assistance missions, sharing the expertise of one or institution with another country.

The Collaboratory for the Teaching Profession is an initiative of the Ministers of Education of the OAS Member States during the VII Ministerial Meeting in Suriname in 2012. It was made possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Permanent Mission of the United States to the OAS and facilitated and coordinated by the Office of Education and Culture of the Department of Human Development of the OAS. The Co-TEP accepts documents in the four official OAS languages, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Document Submission Process

Ministries of Education and stakeholders are encouraged to submit documents to the Co-TEP. All documents presented for consideration must be related to education policies, practices or research at any level and should specifically be related to the teaching profession. Although documents are not required to be related to the specific context of the Americas, those that do will receive favorable consideration.

All documents must be submitted online. In order to do so, one must create a username and password to gain access to the Co-TEP. Registration and login are required to submit items online and check the status of current submissions. Once logged in, documents can be uploaded by completing the online form, which is available under your profile’s page.

For materials to be accepted for publication in the Co-TEP, specialists will first assess the overall suitability of the content. The content review process will take approximately two to four weeks.

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The Co-TEP is carried out with the financial support of the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS and the support of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.