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Marco Antonio Ávila Lavanal
Marco Antonio Ávila Lavanal is a Spanish language teacher with undergraduate and master’s degrees in education, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical innovation. He also has graduate studies in governance, public policy, and educational leadership.
Since 2001, he has been a secondary school teacher of language and communication and is head of the Secondary School Teaching Unit (UTP) at Fundación Belén Educa. As a classroom teacher, he earned the Pedagogical Excellence Designation and was a member of the Red de Maestros de Maestros (Teachers of Teachers Network). In 2007, he was chosen as one of Revista Sabado magazine’s 100 leaders, as a representative of the educational sphere.
From 2008 to 2012, he served as educational improvement advisor to Fundación Chile’s Mejor Escuela (Better Schools) program. In 2013- 2015, he was director of Escuela Básica Emprender in the Puente Alto municipality. During this time, he was awarded a fellowship by the Education Ministry’s Directors of Excellence Program to study Educational Leadership at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto (Canada).
From 2015 to 2018, he served as vice-coordinator, then national coordinator, of secondary education in the Education Ministry’s General Educational Division.
In 2019, Minister Díaz joined Fundación Chile’s School Improvement Team as head of school improvement projects.
He has been an active member of the Revolución Democrática party since 2015. He was responsible for the creation of the party’s education committee in 2017 and has been coordinator of the education committee since 2020.
From April 2021 onward, he was responsible as party representative for the education platform of President Boric’s candidacy, and then provided support to the Plan de Gobierno team until the election.
He was born in the San Miguel municipality to his parents, Marta and Enrique. He enjoys reading books on philosophy and politics, as well as historical biographies. His playlist always includes Aretha Franklin, Jorge Drexler, and Santa Feria.
Alejandra Arratia Martínez
Alejandra Arratia Martínez holds a Degree in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a PhD in Education from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has served as executive director of Educación 2020 and has more than 25 years of experience in public sector education, in particular in curricular and evaluation policies.
She has worked in educational establishments both in Chile and the state of Victoria, Australia, as well as in international organizations as collaborator to the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in curriculums and technical cooperation.
Víctor Orellana Calderón
Víctor Orellana Calderón holds a Degree in Sociology from the Universidad de Chile. He has served as director of Fundación Nodo XXI and researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Education at the Universidad de Chile. He has also been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
His areas of research are the sociology of education and education and social structure.
Claudia Lagos holds a Degree in Early Education from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a Master’s in Education from the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano and a PhD in Education from the Instituto de Educación at the Universidad ORT, Uruguay.
In her last role, she worked as director of the Learning Evaluation Technical Unit at the Universidad Andrés Bello. Between 2019 and 2021, she held the position of national coordinator of Continuing Education at the Center for Improvement, Experimentation and Pedagogical Research, which reports to Chile’s Education Ministry.
Claudia Lagos has worked in the Chilean education system since 1994 as a classroom educator and coordinator of the Early Education cycle, in private and subsidized institutions. Prior to her current role, she served as executive director of Fundación Integra.