Twenty-Four Countries and Regions to Convene in New York City for Second International Summit on the Teaching Profession

2012 Theme Centers on “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders”

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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 - 12:00 am
Event Date 4: March 15, 2012 03:30 pm - 05:00 pm

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. A background paper, prepared by the OECD, will be available in advance of the summit to highlight practices from around the world in each of these areas.

Participants will consist of education ministers, national union leaders and accomplished teachers from 24 countries and regions with high performing and rapidly improving education systems (based on the OECD Program for International Student Assessment). Confirmed countries and regions include: Australia, 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.

Summit discussions will be closed to press with the exception of the opening and closing sessions. A list of media opportunities follows. Further details will be shared next week in an updated advisory.

Media planning to attend the open press portions of the Summit, should RSVP to press@ed.gov by 12 p.m. ET on 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 : 10 - 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, March 14
Where : https://oecdwash.webex.com/oecdwash/onstage/g.php?p=0&t=m
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 Session
When : 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET 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 - 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15
Where : Call-in details pending
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 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 next year’s 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 Thursday, March 15
Where : Hilton New York
Grand Ballroom (third floor)
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N.Y.

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

An agenda and additional information is also available at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/internationaled/teaching-summit.htm.


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