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Second International Summit Spotlights Examples for Improving School Leader and Teacher Preparation and Development

23 High-Performing and Rapidly-Improving Countries and Regions Convene in New York City

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Education leaders from 23 high-performing and rapidly-improving countries and regions worldwide convened in New York City yesterday and today, at the second International Summit on the Teaching Profession, to share common challenges and best practices for training and supporting teachers and school leaders.

“Last year’s first-ever International Summit focused on how high-performing countries support and elevate the teaching profession, contributing greatly to the RESPECT Project,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The 2012 Summit has continued the conversation started last year, adding thoughtful insight on effective ways to prepare and develop skilled teachers and school leaders, and reaffirming the critical role they play in successfully implementing systematic reform.”

The Department convened the Summit in partnership with leaders from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), together with U.S.-based partners- National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Asia Society and WNET.

The two-day convening brought together education ministers, national union leaders and accomplished teachers from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Participants engaged in extensive discussion around policies and methods for successfully developing school leaders, preparing teachers to deliver 21st century learning skills, and matching supply with demand in placing principals and teachers in areas where they are needed the most.

Prior to the Summit, the OECD released a background paper, which provides an international overview of various methods and programs for recruiting, preparing and developing schools leaders and teachers among dozens of countries. Examples from high-performing and rapidly-improving countries and regions are highlighted throughout the report.

In the weeks following the Summit, Asia Society will again lead host organizations in publishing a summary paper to publicly document insights shared and lessons learned.

A third Summit will be convened by the Netherlands, and is scheduled to take place in Amsterdam in 2013.