Dorinha Seabra

Chamber of Deputies, Brazil

Professor Dorinha Seabra Rezende, known as "Professora Dorinha," is the daughter of teachers and has a life connected to education. Dorinha was the head of the Education and Culture Bureau of Tocantins, Brazil for nearly 10 years, and she promoted an educational and cultural revolution in the state. She created several programs of teachers’ appreciation such as the program for “career plans and subsidies, improvement classes, and continuous graduation.” She also created the book fair of Tocantins and established the first full-time schools, among many other initiatives. One of the most important programs created by Dorinha was a communitarian school with shared administration, which revolutionized the school/community relationship, democratizing the resources and giving management independence to the education units. Several Brazilian states copied this program. Dorinha made Tocantins stand out in the national scene when she worked as president of the National Counsel of Secretaries of Education (CONSED) for two consecutive terms.

She was elected federal deputy by the state of Tocantins for the first time in October of 2010. During her first term, she was a part of several committees, including the Education and Culture Committees, the Special Committee of Reformulation, and the High School Commission. She also played a fundamental role in the voting for the National Education Plan, with the acceptance of the 10% of GDP for the region she represents. Professora Dorinha was reelected federal deputy during the 2014 elections.

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