U.S. Department of Education to Host Education Leaders from Around the World for the 2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

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U.S. Department of Education to Host Education Leaders from Around the World for the 2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Second ever summit will focus on innovative practices for teacher preparation and school leader development

October 24, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the global federation of teacher unions, will again join U.S.-based education partners - 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 –to hold the second ever International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City from March 14-15, 2012.

“Collaboration, dialogue and learning from others are key to improving our nation’s education system,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “I look forward to reconvening with leaders of high-performing and rapidly improving education systems to deepen our discussion on how to effectively prepare teachers and develop school leaders - two essential components in providing students with a high-quality education.”

The 2012 theme, Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders, was chosen based on feedback from the 2011 Summit, where the groundbreaking dialogue first started among ministers and teacher union leaders from sixteen top performing countries and regions. This year’s sessions will examine how to improve teacher preparation and school leader development to better address the needs of 21st century learning environments and changing expectations.

Participants will again include small delegations comprised of education ministers, leaders of national teachers’ organizations, and other teacher leaders from countries and regions with high performing and rapidly improving education systems. Countries and regions invited to participate include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Last year’s Summit was the first step in an ongoing dialogue among countries and regions about the best way to achieve and sustain high-quality teaching and learning. Summit organizers, led by Asia Society, collaborated to produce a publication on key lessons from the 2011 Summit. Host organizations will again compile effective practices shared during the 2012 Summit and publish a report in the weeks following the event.

Additional information including an agenda, background materials, and details on media access will be released closer to the Summit.

For more information on the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/internationaled/teaching-summit.html