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Fernando Reimers

Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education
Faculty Director, International Education Policy

Fernando Reimers

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1988)
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Phone:  617.496.4817
Fax:  617.496.3095
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Vitae/CV:   Fernando Reimers.pdf
Office:  Gutman 461
Office Hours Contact:  Email the Faculty Assistant to set up the appointment
Faculty Assistant:  Cherise Kenner


Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He is a member of UNESCO’s high level commission on the Futures of Education. 

He has written or edited thirty-seven books, of which the most recent include: Leading Education Through COVID-19, Education and Climate Change: The Role of Universities, Implementing Deeper Learning and 21st Century Reforms: Building an Education Renaissance After a Global Pandemic, Educating Students to Improve the World, Audacious Education Purposes: How Governments Transform the Goals of Education Systems, Empowering Teachers to Build a Better World: How Six Nations Support Teachers for 21st Century Education. At the moment, he is leading a large comparative study of how 25 universities around the world have partnered with elementary and secondary schools to sustain educational opportunity during the pandemic.

With his graduate students, he has developed three curriculum resources aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are translated into multiple languages and widely used by schools and school systems around the world: Empowering Global Citizens, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons and Learning to Collaborate for the Global Common Good.

Click here to see a full list of Fernando Reimers' courses.

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Education

Education Leadership

Global Education

Twenty First Century Skills

Educational Innovation

Education Policy


Reimers, F., N. Cooc and J. Hashmi. 2012. Adapting Innovations Across Borders to Close Equity Gaps in Education. In Hyman, J. (Ed). Increasing Equity in Education. Oxford University Press.,(2012)

Reimers, F. (2012). “Innovative Universities” Revista. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Harvard University. Fall 2012.,(2012)

Reimers, F. (2010) “Pathways for Change. Educational Innovation in Latin America” Americas Quarterly. Fall 2010.,(2010)

Reimers, F. and C. Chung. (2010) “Teaching Human Rights in times of Peace and Conflict”. Development. 53(4),(2010)

Reimers, F. (2010). Education au cosmopolitisme et à la paix. Raisons Educatives, Vol. 14.,(2010)

Reimers, F. “Building Entrepreneurial Organizations to make learning in school relevant” Innovations 2010 vol 5, 2. 53-56.,(2010)

Reimers, F. and S. Cardenas. Youth Civic Engagement in Mexico. In Torney-Purta, J. et al. (Editors). 2010. International Handbook of Youth Civic Engagement. John Wiley and Sons.,(2010)

Reimers, F. Educating for Global Competency. In Cohen, J. and M. Malin (Editors). 2009. International Perspectives on the Goals of Universal Basic and Secondary EducationRoutlege Press.,(2009)

Reimers, F. “Enlightening Globalization. An Opportunity for Continuing Education” Continuing Higher Education Review.September 2009 (volume 73).,(2009)

Reimers, F. and F. Knaul. Mexico. In Epstein, Irving (Editor). 2008. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide.,(2008)

Reimers, F. and J. Jacobs. 2008. Leer (Comprender y Aprender ) y Escribir para Comunicarse. Desafios y Oportunidades para los Sistemas Educativos. Madrid. Editorial Santillana.,(2008)

Reimers, F. “Civic education when democracy is in flux: The impact of empirical research on policy and practice in Latin America.” Citizenship and Teacher Education Vol 3, No. 2, December 2007.,(2007)

Reimers, F. and S. Cardenas “Who benefits from School Based Management in Mexico.” Prospects. March 2007.,(2007)

Reimers, F. and E. Villegas-Reimers. Educating democratic citizens in Latin America. In Kagan, J. and L. Harrington (Eds.) Essays in Cultural Change. Pp 95-114. Routledge. 2006.,(2006)

Reimers, F. Social Progress in Latin America. Victor Bulmer-Thomas and John Coatsworth (Eds.). Cambridge Economic History of Latin America. Vol II. Pp. 427-480. Cambridge University Press. 2006.,(2006)

Reimers, F. Principally Women. Gender in the Politics of Mexican Education. In Randall, L. (ed.) The Changing Structure of Mexico. Pp. 278-294. M.E. Sharpe Publishers. 2006.,(2006)

Reimers, F. (Ed.) 2006. Aprender Mas y Mejor. Politicas, Programas y Oportunidades de Aprendizaje en Educacion Basica en Mexico. Fondo de Cultura Economica. México City.,(2006)

Reimers, F. “Citizenship, Identity and Education. Examining the Public Purposes of Schools in an Age of Globalization” Prospects. Vol. XXXVI, No 3. September 2006.,(2006)

Reimers, F. “Teaching Quality Matters. Pedagogy and Literacy Instruction of Poor Students in Mexico” Harvard Education Review. 2006.,(2006)

“Principally Women,” in The Changing Structure of Mexico (ed. by L. Randall),(2005)

"The Social Context of Educational Evaluation in Latin America," in International Handbook of Educational Evaluation (ed. by D. Nevo and D. Stufflebeam),(2003)

Reimers, F. “War, Education and Peace” Prospects. Vol. XXXIII, no 1. March 2003.,(2003)

Reimers, F. Compensatory Education Policies and Programs in Latin America. In Guthrie, J. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Education, Second Edition. Macmillan Publishers.,(2002)

Unequal Schools, Unequal Chances: The Challenges to Equal Opportunity in the Americas at the End of the XX Century, Spanish translation available,(2000)

"Educational Opportunities for Low-Income Families in Latin America," Prospects,(1999)

"Educational Chances of the Poor at the End of the XX century," Prospects,(1999)

Informed Dialogue: Changing Education Policies Around the World, Spanish translation available (with N. McGinn),(1997)

"Education and Structural Adjustment: Unmet Needs and Missed Opportunities," in Education and Development: Tradition and Innovation (ed. by J. Lynch, C. Modgil, and S. Modgil),(1997)

Reimers, F. "Changing schools through participatory knowledge management in El Salvador: Can education systems learn?" in Chapman, D., L. Mahlck and A. Smulders (Eds.) From planning to action: Government initiatives to improve school level practice. London: Elsevier. 1997.,(1997)

"Where are 60 Million Teachers? The Missing Voice in Educational Reforms Around the World," Prospects (with E. Villegas-Reimers),(1996)

Hope or Despair? Primary Education in Pakistan (with D. Warwick),(1995)

Education, Adjustment and Reconstruction: Options for Change, Spanish and French translations available (with L. Tiburcio),(1993)


Director, Facing History and Ourselves,(2018-present)

Faculty Associate, Center for International Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University,(2002-present)

Executive Committee, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University,(1998-present)

Massachusetts Board of Higher Education,(2012-)

US Commission for UNESCO. United States Department of State.,(2012-)

Board of Directors Room to Read,(2009-)

Fellow, International Academy of Education,(2007-)

Advisory Board of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academy of Sciences,(2006-)

Advisory Board of the Federal Institute for the Evaluation of the Quality of Education in Mexico,(2006-)

Advisory Board for the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices at the Organization of American States,(2005-)

Council of Foreign Relations,(2005-)

Fellow of the International Academy of Education,(2005-)

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