Rodrigo Fabrega

Rodrigo Fabrega

Rodrigo Alejandro Fábrega Lacoa

Av. Simón Bolívar 7378, casa 6. La Reina, Santiago de Chile 

Phone: +56 9 82306771 – email:



Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 1999-2003                                                                                               PhD in Educational Theory and Policy; dual title in Comparative and International Education


Dissertation: School Effects and Civic Knowledge: A cross-national study of youth political socialization.



Fundación Cruzando 2010 – present

  • President of Fundación Cruzando, dedicated to the development of educational programs and opportunities for teachers and students in the country and Latin America. 
  • Design and development of Yeye and Zouba, two Chinese learning games implemented at schools.
  • Scratch al Sur, organizer of two conferences in Chile and participation in international conferences (Africa, USA, Europe); to allow access to people in Chile and Latin America to creative learning, we translated into Spanish two guides developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education team; to promote creativity and allow access to programing, we translated Scratch into Rapa Nui, in coordination with the Scratch Team; promotion of numerous educational instances that highlight the importance of digital languages, for the public school systems. 
  • Development of teaching plans for programming languages such as Python, App Inventor and Java Scripts, among others. 
  • Development of training programs and diploma courses in Creative Thinking and Programming for teachers. 
  • Development of learning strategies for English, Mandarin, Aymara, Quechua and Rapa Nui. 
  • Member of the Board of Director, Investigation Learning Center (Ucorp, 2004- present).

Jóvenes Programadores (Young Programmers)       2015 – present

  • Co-founder of Jovenes Programadores, a national program that has reached over 220,000 students, offering over 20 different programming courses. (AppInventor, JavaScript, PHP, Scratch and Snap, among others).

Ministry of Education 2004 – 2010

  • Director of the International Relations Office.
  • Vice-president of the National Commission of Unesco. 
  • Director of Language Policy Program.
  • Coordinator of Strategic Dialogues project for the development of Technical Vocational Training.
  • Lead Strategic Dialogues project for the development of Technical Vocational Training.
  • Representative in APEC, OECD, Unesco, OAS, Andrés Bello Agreement, OEI.
  • Representative at the National Innovation Committee.
  • Representative at the Microsoft Educational Board.

Ministry of Labor 1996-1998

  • Head of the Training and IT Office.
  • Design and development of a computer system for the implementation of the new national employee training law. 

National Council for Eradicating Poverty 1995-1996

  • Design and Direction of the Country Service Program for the National Council for Overcoming Poverty.

Ministry of Planning             1990- 1994

  • Design and Direction of the Country Service Program for the National Council for Overcoming Poverty. 
  • Design and Direction of the Youth Information Centers Program.
  • Design and Direction of the Youth Card Program for the Ministry of Planning.


National Scholarship for Studying Abroad (1999-2003); Fowler Award to Outstanding Graduate Student (2003), Penn State; EDTHP Scholarship (2001-2003); Larson Award to Outstanding Graduate Student (2001); In China, by the Government of China (2007); in Australia by the Council of Universities; in England by the British Council (2006); Invited to internships in the USA, for the International Visitor Program, Department of State (1998); in Japan by the Future Leaders Program (1996). 



President in Crearte, an NGO dedicated to the promotion of arts in low-income schools (2011-2012); Project Director at the Museum of Tolerance, dedicated to the contribution of an inclusive culture (1995-1996); Director of Fundación Puente (2018-present), which provides scholarships to students who are the first generation of university students; Board Member at Fundación Participa, an organization dedicated to promoting democratic attitudes (1990-1994).



Led and presented at international conferences on use of technology to support creative learning (e.g., Scratch @ MIT, Scratch Conference Africa, Raspberry Pi Foundation Conference, Logo Foundation); Published educational policy and workforce development reports, edited, translated, and disseminated the educator guides to support creative computing across Latin America. 

“Why is it important to pay attention to programming languages?” – Fundación Telefónica, Santiago Chile, 2016; “What are other countries doing doing in computational thinking and schools?” – Fundación Telefónica, Santiago Chile, 2016; “What do we do when we do the hour of code?” – Universidad del Desarrollo 2016; “What are the curricular opportunities to introduce computational thinking at school?” – Fundación Telefónica, Santiago Chile, 2017; Public Policy Proposal to teach programming in schools – Fundación Telefónica, Santiago Chile, 2017; Connected with the school of the future – Telos Magazine (2020), EdTech Chile: 10 Technologies for the Education of the Future “Programming and Creativity: a place for women” – Fundación Telefónica, 2022; “Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: A tool to think” – University of Temuco – Chile, 2022.