International Summit on the Teaching Profession

The U.S. Department of Education, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the global federation of teacher unions, together with U.S.-based organizations—the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Asia Society, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Education Association (NEA), and public broadcaster WNET—hosted the first International Summit on the Teaching Profession in March 2011, in New York. The summit was the first of its kind, designed to engage governments and teacher organizations from high performing and rapidly improving educational systems (based on the results of PISA 2009) in an intensive discussion about how to create a stronger teaching profession.

Based on the success of the first Summit, the International Summit on the Teaching Profession is now an annual event with different countries hosting: the United States in March 2012; the Netherlands in March 2013; New Zealand in March 2014; and Canada in 2015. OECD and EI have continued to co-host each year.

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