Debra Gittler

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Debra Gittler

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2013 Global Fellow
Founder of ConTextos

Debra Gittler 2013 Global Fellow

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Foster literacy in El Salvador by developing community libraries, diversifying literacy curricula, and training teachers to guide students to holistic learning outcomes.


ConTextos transforms the educational experience in El Salvador so that students go beyond mechanical learning to develop authentic literacy skills that include interpretation, analysis and critical-thinking. ConTextos implements an innovative program of teacher training, develops libraries and integrates tablet technologies to promote collaboration and twenty-first century skills.


Debra Gittler is the founder and executive director of ConTextos, an educational nonprofit that transforms the quality of education in El Salvador. Previously, she was the coordinator and lead author of El Salvador's national teacher training policy in literacy, part of a regional effort at educational reform. She studied social entrepreneurship and international education policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and as a NYC Teaching Fellow taught fifth grade in the South Bronx.

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