Fernando M. Reimers

Fernando M. Reimers
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.

Bio and Research Interest

Fernando M. Reimers studies and teaches about innovative education policies and programs that help students develop competencies necessary for civic participation, work and life in the twenty first century. He works also in the area of global citizenship education and in how to align education policies with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He teaches a graduate course that examines the core global education challenges and the role of policy analysis in addressing them, and a course on educational innovation that supports social entrepreneurs in generating and scaling up programs that enhance the relevance of education to the challenges of our times. He also chairs an annual Think Tank that examines state of the art practices and programs to help students gain global competency.

He also teaches courses on education policy and educational innovation online through Harvard Extension School.

He is the Director of the International Education Policy masters program and directs the Global Education Innovation Initiative a cross-national effort to advance the improvement of public education towards greater relevance in supporting students to gain the cognitive and socio-emotional competencies essential to thrive in the 21st century.

Publications and more information about his academic work is available on Fernando Reimers' website. With his graduate students he has developed innovative K-12 curriculum aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. He also writes a series of children’s books to foster intergenerational conversations about inclusive values.

Reimers is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and a fellow of the International Academy of Education. He chairs the board of World Teach, and serves on the boards of Facing History and Ourselves, Teach for All, and other educational organizations.

Recent Positions and honors

C.J. Koh Visiting Professorship. National Institute of Education. Singapore. 2015.

Member, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts.  2012—current.

Commissioner, United States National Commission for UNESCO. Appointed by the Secretary of State. 2010—current.

Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters for work in Global Education and International Human Rights. Emerson College. 2009.


Harvard University, 1988


Reimers, F. and E.B. O’Donnell (eds). 2016. Fifteen Letters on Singapore. Lulu Publishing. 

Reimers, F. and C. Chung (eds). 2016. Teaching and Learning for the twenty first century. Cambridge. Harvard Education Press. 

Reimers, F., Ortega, M., Cardenas, M., Estrada, A. and Garza, E. 2014. “Empowering Teaching for Participatory Citizenship Evaluating alternative civic education pedagogies in secondary school in Mexico”  Journal of Social Science Education. Vol 13. N. 14. Winter 2014. Pp. 41-55.

Reimers, F. and Villegas-Reimers, E. 2014. Getting to the Core and Evolving the Education Movement to a System of Continuous Improvement. New England Journal of Public Policy. Fall/Winter 2014. Vol26. Issue 1. Pp. 186-205.

Reimers, F. Educating the children of the poor: A paradoxical global movement. In Tierney, W. (Ed). Rethinking Education and Poverty. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2015.


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