Organization Name: Instituto Canoa

Focus Area: Adult Learners
Region: Brazil / Latin America
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2019
Status: Alumni
The Canoa Institute is a non-profit organization created with the mission of promoting the training of excellent teachers in Brazil. The CO.LETIVO residency program is one of the Canoa Institute initiatives and it seeks to prepare preservice teachers for the real challenges of the classroom, offering a mentoring-oriented immersion experience in pedagogical practice enhanced by formative meetings for reflection and study of the most relevant topics for their development as a teacher.

Why We Invested

A 2018 OECD report cited “mandatory and extended clinical practice” as one of three elements of teacher training common to the best-performing countries in the world. However in Brazil, a vast majority of new teachers graduate from undergraduate teacher programs and begin their first jobs having never stood in front of a classroom. Co.letivo, a program of Instituto Canoa, aims to build a proven residency model that can be tailored and co-designed with states, municipalities and private-sector groups in Brazil as a vehicle to recruit and develop outstanding teachers for high-need subjects and locations in public schools in Brazil.

In the Canoa Institute, we believe that the teaching profession moves forward when there is connection between theory and practice; that every human being is capable of wonderful things; that learning happens when we feel safe and that education frees and is a vector for reducing inequalities.
Mila Molina, CEO, Instituto Canoa