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U.S. Secretary of Education to Join Foreign and Domestic Educators and Education Leaders at First Ever International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City


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(202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: March 17, 2011 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm
Event Date 2: March 17, 2011 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Event Date 3: March 17, 2011 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join leaders from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), together with the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Asia Society and public broadcaster WNET, to host an International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City, March 16-17. The summit is the first of its kind being convened by U.S. Department of Education. The event will aim to identify and elaborate on best practices from around the world for recruiting, preparing and supporting teachers in ways that effectively enhance the teaching profession and ultimately, elevate student performance.

Invited participants include education ministers, national union leaders and accomplished teachers from countries with high performing and rapidly improving educational systems (based on the OECD Program for International Student Assessment 2009 results) along with U.S. state and national education leaders, consisting of chief state school officers, state union presidents, teachers of the year, and heads of several education associations. Throughout the summit, participants will engage in open and in-depth discussions centered on learning best practices in the following four areas: Teacher Recruitment and Preparation; Development, Support and Retention of Teachers; Teacher Evaluation and Compensation; and Teacher Engagement in Education Reform. At the close of the summit, OECD Directorate for Education Andreas Schleicher will serve as Rapporteur and lead participants in a summary discussion on lessons learned.

The March summit is a first step in what will be an ongoing dialogue among participating countries about best practices in both teaching and learning. In the weeks following the summit, the Asia Society will lead host organizations in publishing a summary paper to document for the public the insights shared and lessons learned.

The International Summit on the Teaching Profession is designed to encourage frank and open discussion. Press access will be limited to closing sessions on Thursday, March 17. Details listed below. Space is limited. All attendees including press will be credentialed. Media interested in attending should RSVP to elizabeth.utrup@ed.gov.

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


Event 1
Who : Secretary-General of OECD Angel Gurria
General Secretary of Education International Fred van Leeuwen
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
AFT President Randi Weingarten
CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit
Asia Society Vice President Anthony Jackson
WNET Vice President and Director of Education Ron Thorpe
What : Media availability
When : 3:30-4 p.m. ET Thursday, March 17
Where : Hilton New York
The New York Suite, 4th floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N.Y.
Event 2
Who : OECD Directorate for Education Andreas Schleicher and summit participants
What : Closing Session on lessons learned from the International Summit on the Teaching Profession
When : 4 p.m. ET Thursday, March 17
Where : Hilton New York
The Grand Ballroom
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N.Y.
Event 3
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Secretary-General of OECD Angel Gurria
President of Education International Susan Hopgood
What : Closing Remarks
When : 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday, March 17
Where : Hilton New York
The Grand Ballroom
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N.Y.