15 March 2012


Second International Teacher Summit spotlights examples for improving school leader and teacher preparation and development

Education leaders from 23 high-performing and rapidly-improving countries and regions worldwide convened in New York City yesterday and today at the second International Summit on the Teaching Profession to share common challenges and best practices for training and supporting teachers and school leaders.
“Last year’s first-ever International Summit focused on how high-performing countries support and elevate the teaching profession, contributing greatly to the RESPECT Project,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The 2012 Summit has continued the conversation started last year, adding thoughtful insight on effective ways to prepare and develop skilled teachers and school leaders, and reaffirming the critical role they play in successfully implementing systematic reform.”




13 March 2012


OECD calls for new approach to tackle teacher shortage

With many countries facing shortages of qualified teachers in key subjects, governments need to make the profession more attractive to talented graduates, according to a new OECD report.


Preparing teachers and developing school leaders for the 21st century says that one in five school principals reported that a lack of qualified maths or science teachers was handicapping their students’ learning. In Turkey, for instance, eight out of ten schools have staff shortages in key subjects, and over three out of ten in Luxembourg, Germany, Shanghai-China, and the Netherlands.



Media Advisory


Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders
Second International Summit on the Teaching Profession
March 14 -15, 2012, New York City, United States


Education ministers, national union leaders and accomplished teachers from 23 countries and regions with high performing and rapidly improving educational systems will meet in New York City for a two-day event to discuss the following topics: developing school leaders, training teachers for the delivery of 21st century skills, and preparing teachers to work and succeed where they are most needed.




U.S. Department of Education
24 October 2011


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

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.





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