Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession: Lessons from around the World
This report presents the best current evidence about what can make teacher-oriented reforms effective. It points to examples of reforms that have produced specific results, show promise or illustrate imaginative ways of implementing change.
A striking contrast between the teaching profession in different countries is its status and the caliber of its recruits. Successful countries have shown how a teaching profession that assumes a high level of responsibility and is well rewarded can attract some of the best graduates into a teaching career.
This publication summarizes the evidence that underpinned the first International Summit on the Teaching Profession held in New York in March 2011 and reflects on the lessons that have been learned. The promising avenues it explores not only include measures at recruitment stage, they also involve transforming the teaching profession from within.
Teachers and school leaders are being challenged to transform educational outcomes, often under difficult conditions. They are being asked to equip students with the competencies they need to become active citizens and workers in the 21st century. They need to personalize learning experiences to ensure that every student has a chance to succeed and to deal with increasing cultural diversity in their classrooms and differences in learning styles. They also need to keep up with innovations in curricula, pedagogy and the development of digital resources.
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