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Francisco Mello Castro

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Academic Degree: 
MA in International Education Policy Analysis
Associated University in Brazil: 
Minas Gerais Government

Francisco is an International Education and Policy Analysis Master Student at Stanford and has dedicated the past 7 years to helping institutions create skill-based curriculum and delivering them. In 2017, he joined the curriculum team at the State Department of Education, as a technical coordinator for the implementation of the Core Education National Standards in Minas Gerais, his home state. He led the Education to Employment policy in Minas Gerais, being responsible for over 100 schools and 17.000 students in vocational courses in the state, starting curriculum reforms, and creating diagnostics to better match Vocational Education provision with industry needs. He was head of SEED, one of the largest Startup Accelerators in Minas Gerais at the Department of Economic Development. Most recently at Joao Pinheiro Foundation's School of Government, he was leading and teaching at executive education programs for elected mayors, helping them in the economic recovery process after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Interests: 
High Schools
Vocational Education
Skill development