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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 describes the findings from a feasibility study on establishing pan-Canadian centres for the assessment of the credential of internationally educated teachers (IETs). The study developed summary profiles for each Canadian province and territory, identifying commonalities and differences in the current processes and practices for IET credential assessment across Canada and evaluated best practices in other contexts of credential assessment. It then drew upon previous reports, as well as focus groups, to synthesize its findings into a proposed model for the country. The study was designed to provide recommendations for a pan-Canadian method of assessing the credentials of IETs.
This report is in response to the request from UNESCO that its Member States complete two questionnaires on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005–2014 (UNDESD). Questionnaire 1 focuses on collecting information on Canada's priorities for ESD after the end of UNDESD. Questionnaire 2 focuses on compiling Canada's achievements and challenges over the decade. Canada's responses were developed jointly by CMEC and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU).
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.
This report examines the language competencies that research indicates are important for elementary and secondary teachers in English and French first-language schools to have for effective professional practice and teaching excellence.
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 outcomes of the OAS VII Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education held in March 2012, along with interventions by the Canadian delegation. The meeting focused on a variety of issues, including the teaching profession, schools as learning communities, the role of government as guarantor of a quality education, and the work of the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE). In addition, ministers approved the Declaration of Paramaribo — “Transforming the role of the teacher in response to 21st-century challenges” — and elected the new CIE Authorities for the period 2012–2014.
This report presents the Canadian results from the Teacher Education and Development Study – Mathematics (TEDS-M) 2008, an international comparative study on teacher education with a focus on the preparation of teachers of mathematics at the elementary and lower-secondary levels. TEDS-M was carried out under the aegis of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), a consortium of research institutions in 60 countries, including Canada.
The Honourable Doug Currie, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Prince Edward Island, led the Canadian delegation to the first International Summit on the Teaching Profession. This event marked the first time education ministers, teachers, and union leaders from around the world convened to discuss best practices in building a world-class teaching force. The discussions focused on teacher recruitment and preparation; development, support, and retention of teachers; teacher evaluation and compensation; and teacher engagement in education reform.
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.
The first-ever World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education, organized by UNESCO in Moscow, had the theme of “Building the Wealth of Nations.” The Canadian delegation was led by the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Education for Saskatchewan. The report of the conference outlines the importance and benefits of early-childhood care and education (ECCE), both as a human right and as an integral part of development. Conference participants adopted the Moscow Framework for Action and Cooperation: Harnessing the Wealth of Nations, which outlines a number of challenges that must be tackled to achieve ECCE goals.
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 report of the 2002 Pan-Canadian Education Research Agenda (PCERA) Symposium focuses on information and communication technologies (ICT) in education, exploring specifics such as state-of-the-art research, literacy, equity issues in computer use, and the integration of ICT into K–12 classrooms, postsecondary education, and teacher training.
This information sheet outlines the interjurisdictional protocol regarding the suspension or cancellation of teaching certificates.
In early August 1998, CESC circulated a request for proposals to the education research community. Researchers were asked to write a proposal to develop a 6000-word paper that both reviewed the current state of research and proposed research questions for a pan-Canadian agenda on any one of the priority subjects that constituted the PCERA. Twelve papers were completed and presented at the PCERA Symposium.
This document reports on teachers in Canada, with attention paid to factors such as: working conditions; characteristics; major challenges; recruitment; autonomy; pre-service education; and in-service professional development.
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