Tracey Noel Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD

Director, Applied Educational Research Center, Latin American School of Social Sciences
Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is a native of California and is currently an educational researcher affiliated with the Latin American Social Science Research Faculty (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador. She is a former member of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) expert panel to redefine teachers' new pedagogical knowledge due to contributions from technology and neuroscience. She is the founder of Connections: The Learning Sciences Platform, which provides evidence-based resources to teachers. Tokuhama-Espinosa has taught from the kindergarten level through university courses, and works with schools, universities, governments, and non-governmental organizations in more than forty countries. She is the former director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (IDEA), director of online learning at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and founding dean of education at the American University in Quito. She currently heads Conexiones, which seeks to improve the quality of education through research, teacher training, and student support. Conexiones and MESH, a UK-based charity, have constructed a free online evidence-based platform to help fill in gaps of pedagogical knowledge for the twenty-first century, which was presented to the UNESCO tenth policy dialogue on teaching in September 2017. Tokuhama-Espinosa's vision is to better the social, democratic, and economic structures of countries through a better educated population. Tokuhama-Espinosa's main areas of research are improved indicators to measure educational quality; the expansion of the mind, brain, and education field; learning in the digital age and paradigm shifts using appropriate technologies; bilingualism and multilingualism; and the general improvement of teacher education practices.


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