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The 2016 International Summit on the Teaching Profession was hosted by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Lander in the Federal Republic of Germany, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Education International. The summit brought together official delegations of ministers of education, union leaders, outstanding teachers, and other education experts, as well as observers, from 22 high-achieving or rapidly improving countries, as measured by student performance in OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While previous summits focused on raising the quality and status of the teaching profession, teacher evaluation, and the challenges of providing equitable access to excellent teaching, the theme of the 2016 summit was “Teachers' Professional Learning and Growth: Creating the Conditions to Achieve Quality Teaching for Excellent Learning Outcomes,” and centred on the knowledge, skills, and character dispositions that successful teachers require; the policies that help teachers acquire the competencies they need to be effective; and how governments can implement these policies effectively. The report captures these discussions.
This report contains the main outcomes of the 38th Session of the UNESCO General Conference held in November 2015, along with the interventions made by the Canadian delegation to the Education Commission. The 38th session focused on a variety of issues, including the commission's 2016–17 budget; the Education 2030 agenda; preparation of a global convention on the recognition of higher-education qualifications; and two recommendations: one on adult education and one on technical and vocational education and training.
This report contains the main outcomes of the UNESCO World Education Forum 2015 (WEF), along with interventions by the Canadian delegation. At the forum, participants took stock of achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the Dakar Framework for Action – Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitment, including the Education for All (EFA) goals and the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), over the period 2000–2015. The conference concluded with the adoption of the Incheon Declaration, which encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.
The 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession was hosted by CMEC and the Learning Partnership, a Canadian national education non-profit, and organized in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Education International. The summit brought together official delegations of ministers of education, union leaders, outstanding teachers, and other education experts, as well as observers, from 20 countries. The theme of the summit was “Implementing Highly Effective Teacher Policy and Practice,” and three interrelated topics that are critical to the success of education systems were discussed: promoting and developing effective leadership; valuing teachers and strengthening their effectiveness; and encouraging innovation to create 21st-century learning environments. The report captures these discussions.
This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the fourth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP), which took place in Wellington, New Zealand, on March 28 and 29, 2014. The summit brought together more than 300 teaching professionals and policy-makers around the theme of “Excellence, Equity and Inclusiveness — High-Quality Teaching for All.” The report provides the main messages conveyed by the Canadian delegation to the meeting participants, including the announcement that Canada will host the 2015 summit in Banff, Alberta.
This report describes the findings from a series of six focus groups conducted throughout Canada to identify the barriers to certification and workforce integration of internationally educated teachers. The focus groups examined four specific stages of the integration process: the preparation prior to coming to Canada, the process of obtaining teaching licences in a given province or territory, the experience of securing a teaching position, and the transition into a provincial or territorial school system.
The framework presents a pan-Canadian vision for early learning that can be adapted to the unique needs and circumstances of each province and territory. It is designed to serve as a resource to support the development of policies and initiatives by ministries and departments of education and their partners that enhance the quality and continuity of the learning experience in the early years and beyond.
This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the 18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), held in August 2012 in Mauritius. It also provides the main messages conveyed by the Canadian delegation to participants. The theme for the 2012 conference was “Education in the Commonwealth: Bridging the Gap as We Accelerate Towards Achieving Internationally Agreed Goals (IAGs).”
This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the First Consultation of the Americas – Ministers of Education: “A New Culture of Health in the School Context,” held in October 2012 in Mexico City. It also provides the main messages conveyed by the Canadian delegation to participants. The consultation focused on successful practices in four priority areas: obesity, lack of physical activity, substance abuse, and sexual and reproductive health.
This report contains the main observations of the Canadian delegation to the Education World Forum held in January 2012.
UNESCO regularly monitors the implementation of the Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education, as adopted by UNESCO's General Conference on December 14, 1960. Canada's response to the eighth consultation, developed jointly by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, highlights the progress that education systems have made in providing access to quality education that is widely inclusive so that all students can participate and succeed to the best of their abilities. The report also discusses the ongoing challenges in achieving equality of educational opportunities in Canada, based on education indicators. The eighth consultation covers the period from 2006 to 2011.
This is the second of two reports called for under the Protocol for Agreements for Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction, 2005-2006 to 2008-2009. It provides a summative description of the achievement of outcomes supported by protocol funding — the projects, initiatives, and ongoing efforts in minority-language education and second-language instruction carried out by the provinces and territories.
This report is intended to be a summary of the proceedings of the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education, and is largely summative and reflective in nature. It has been created around several broad themes according to "What we heard" at the summit.
This document contains two reports. The first highlights the structure and management of the education systems in Canada, as well as access to learning, early childhood education, learning outcomes, and teacher training. The second focuses on inclusive education and its legislative frameworks and policies, as well as the programs and services provided to vulnerable populations in the elementary and secondary school systems.
This report looks at literacy activities from 2004 to 2006 of the provincial, territorial, and federal governments, and of civil society, under the six themes outlined by UNESCO for this review: policy; flexible programs; capacity building of educators, stakeholders, and partners; research; community participation; and monitoring and evaluation. The report includes literacy for young children, school-aged children, and adults, with special attention paid to groups such as Aboriginal learners, new immigrants, special-needs students, families, and workers.
UNESCO regularly monitors the implementation of its Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education. The purpose of the convention and recommendation is not only the elimination of discrimination in education, but also the adoption of measures aimed at promoting equality of educational opportunity and treatment. For each of the six main articles of the convention and recommendation, UNESCO has prepared specific questions that probe the application of each of the articles. The chapters that respond to the questions on the first three articles focus on educational laws, legislative texts, and policies that prohibit discrimination in education and promote equal educational opportunities, and how these laws and policies conform to the convention and recommendation. The issues include: free and equitable access to elementary and secondary education; the establishment and quality-control of public, separate, and private school systems; access of foreign nationals to school systems and credential recognition; public-school funding; and postsecondary access and student financial support. The chapter on the fourth article looks at "reaching the un-reached" and the policy measures and programs that enable disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to have access to basic education. To reflect the pan-Canadian context, the groups that have been included are Aboriginal students, children of immigrants, visible-minority students, and special-needs students. The chapter on the fifth article probes the issues of human-values education and national-minority education. In the chapter corresponding to the seventh article, an overview of the results and obstacles is presented, along with a review of the main issues to be addressed in the ongoing fight against discrimination in education.
As a result of the Moscow meeting of the Ministers of Education of the Group of 8 (G8), ministers isssued a declaration that recognized the common challenges and opportunities that countries face in the 21st century. Ministers reaffirmed the importance of policy dialogue and the sharing of experience and expertise internationally. This will help all countries to build effective, innovative, and inclusive education systems that allow people to fulfill their potential, to live in and contribute to a global society, and to work in a global economy.
Ministers of education of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) gathered in Scarborough, Tobago, in 2005 for the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Education. The ministers considered how they could offer quality education to promote social inclusion, the development of a democratic citizenry, and preparation for productive work. This declaration outlines their agreed-upon values and priorities in education, lists some of the ongoing projects in the region, and states their commitment to action.
Ministers of education in the Americas held their fourth meeting in 2005, in Scarborough, Tobago. The Canadian delegation was led by the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Education, Citizenship and Youth, Manitoba. The meeting was divided into two themes: "What Do People Think and Know About Democracy?" and "From Civic Education to Citizenship Education." This report highlights the key points of discussions and presentations, and provides overviews of the speeches made by the Canadian Head of Delegation on education for democracy and the future of education.
Often associated with increasing student achievement and improving the educational experiences for both girls and boys, single-sex schooling has garnered renewed interest among education professionals, researchers, media, politicians, and parents. This report looks at the issues of girls' disadvantage, boys' underachievement, and single-sex schooling in the research literature, and offers conclusions and recommendations.
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