Education Leaders To Hold a Press Call on Lessons Learned and Best Practices Shared During Second International Summit on the Teaching Profession

2012 theme centers on “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders”

Contact:  
Press Office, (202) 401-1576 , press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: March 14, 2012 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Date 2: March 14, 2012 01:00 pm - 02:30 pm
Event Date 3: March 15, 2012 03:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Event Date 4: March 15, 2012 03:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Editor's Note: The list of confirmed countries and regions has been updated to note that Australia will no longer attend the summit.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will again join 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- to host the second International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City, March 14-15.

This year’s theme, Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders, was chosen based on feedback from last year’s participants and will build on the conversation started in 2011. The two-day event will aim to explore three topics: developing school leaders, preparing teachers for the delivery of 21st century skills, and preparing teachers to work and succeed where they are most needed. Opening and closing sessions will be open to press and accessible via live webcast at http://media.rampard.com/cotl/20120314/doe/. Viewers are also invited to join the conversation on Twitter at #ISTP2012.

On Thursday, March 15 at 3 p.m. ET, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, OECD Deputy Secretary General Yves Leterme and EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen will join other keys hosts for a press conference call with a question and answer session. To participate in the call, dial 800-988-0221 and provide the pass code: ISTP2012.

Prior to the Summit, on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. ET, OECD Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General Andreas Schleicher will host a webinar on “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century, Lessons from Around the World,” an OECD background paper. The background paper will highlight examples of teacher and principal preparation programs in high-performing and rapidly-improving countries from around the world.

Summit participants will consist of education ministers, national union leaders and accomplished teachers from twenty-three countries and regions with high performing and rapidly improving educational systems (based on the OECD Program for International Student Assessment). Confirmed countries and regions include: 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.

The March summit is part of an ongoing international dialogue on best practices in both teaching and learning. In the weeks following the summit, Asia Society will lead host organizations in publishing a summary paper to publicly document insights shared and lessons learned.

Media planning to attend the open press portions of the Summit, should RSVP to press@ed.gov by 12 p.m. ET tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13.


Event 1
Who : OECD Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General Andreas Schleicher
What : Webinar on “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century, Lessons from Around the World,” an OECD Background Paper
When : Webinar on “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century, Lessons from Around the World,” an OECD Background Paper
Where :

To register for this online briefing go to https://oecdwash.webex.com/oecdwash/onstage/g.php?p=0&t=m

Note: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event. For assistance please send a message to Matthias.Rumpf@oecd.org
Event 2
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
OECD Deputy Secretary General Yves Leterme
EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen
OECD Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General Andreas Schleicher
What : Welcome, Overview and Framing Sessions
When : 1 to 2:30p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14
Where : These sessions will be webcast live at
http://media.rampard.com/cotl/20120314/doe/
Event 3
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (speaker)
OECD Deputy Secretary General Yves Leterme (speaker)
EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen (speaker)
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit
NBPTS CEO Ron Thorpe
Asia Society Vice President Anthony Jackson
WNET’s Acting Director of Education Jon Rubin
What : Press Conference Call with Question and Answer
When : 3 to 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15
Where : Dial-in: 800-988-0221
Event 4
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
OECD Deputy Secretary General Yves Leterme
EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen
Professor of International Education Fernando Reimers, Harvard University

Note: During the closing session, each participating country and region will give a brief closing statement. Before concluding the Summit, Netherlands’ State Secretary for Education of Culture and Science Halbe Zijlstra will give a short presentation to preview the 2013 Summit scheduled to take place in Amsterdam.

What : Closing Session: What have we learned, and where do we go from here?
When : 3:30-5 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15
Where : Hilton New York
Grand Ballroom (third floor)
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

This session will also be webcast live at http://media.rampard.com/cotl/20120314/doe/

An agenda and additional information on the International Summit is available at: http://www.oecd.org/education/teachersummit and http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/internationaled/teaching-summit-2012.html

Tags: