2013 International Summit on the Teaching Profession - Media



Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, delivered at the 2013 Ministerial Summit on the Teaching Profession
14 March 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Huffington Post - What Makes a Great Teacher - and Who Gets to Decide?
Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy, OECD

Tomorrow, education ministers and union leaders from the world's top performing education systems will meet to discuss approaches towards teacher appraisal. Most of us have been lucky enough to have had at least one great teacher in our lifetime. But what makes a teacher great? And who gets to decide? Students? Parents? Fellow teachers? Principals?


Three commitments U.S. Ed Dept. made at teaching summit
The Washington Post (March 15, 2013)

The U.S. Education Department delegation to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in Amsterdam just committed to three new initiatives involving teacher evaluation, the Common Core State Standards and equity in education.



On the occasion of the International Teacher’s Summit, the OECD educationtoday blog will feature a special series of blogs on the summit.

Grade expectations

They’re a source of both anxiety and pride, but school marks can also have long-term consequences for students. Most teachers reward student achievement, but also the skills, attitudes, habits and behaviours that are necessary for lifelong learning. However, as this month’s PISA in Focus points out, the tendency of teachers to award higher marks to girls and socio-economically advantaged students than to boys and disadvantaged students – even if they perform equally well in school and have similar positive attitudes towards learning – is cause for some concern.

A class act: giving teachers feedback
by Kristen Weatherby
Senior Analyst, Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)

When I think back on my first experiences as a student teacher of English language and literature to 13- and 14-year-olds, I don’t really remember the successes; I am not sure there were many during my teaching practice. Rather, I am reminded of the more colourful episodes of classroom management and student behaviour that seemed to occur all too frequently.

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Lessons in culture - OECD Insights Blog

Stroll through most cities and you’ll see memorials to all sorts of human achievement – from victory in war to brilliance in the lab. But how about success in an exam? Yes, even that has been commemorated. Tucked away in obscure corners of China, you can still sometimes find archways and stone tablets celebrating the fact that a local man once, a long time ago, passed the fiercely competitive Imperial Examination.




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