Publications

Education Commission of the 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference - Report of the Canadian Delegation

This report contains the main outcomes of the 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference held in November 2017, along with the interventions made by the Canadian delegation to the Education Commission.

At the 39th Education Commission meeting, members set priorities and adopted the 2018–19 education budget. The commission also addressed other issues, including a global convention for the recognition of higher-education qualifications, and UNESCO’s role in the implementation of the SDG4-Education 2030 Agenda.

Categories: Adult Education, Civic and Citizenship Education, Foreign credential recognition, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Lifelong learning, Technical and vocational education, Priorities and Goals in Education

Canadian report on anti-discrimination in education

This report is Canada’s response to UNESCO’s ninth consultation of Member States on the measures taken to implement the Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference on December 14, 1960. 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 opportunities and treatment in this field. This ninth consultation covers the period from 2012 to 2015.

Categories: Diversity, Elementary and secondary education, Equity, Inclusive Education, School improvement

Assessing the Qualifications of Refugees - Best Practices and Guidelines

Published by the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC), this report introduces a set of best practices and guidelines that can be used by organizations to put in place an alternative qualifications-assessment procedure without access to verifiable documentation. Such a procedure could be made available to refugees and those in refugee-like situations who may not have access to the documentation normally required for these procedures.

Categories: Credit Transfer, Diversity, Enrolment and graduation, Foreign credential recognition, Inclusive Education, International students, Postsecondary education, Student and teacher mobility

International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2016

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.

Categories: Access to Learning, Diversity, Elementary and secondary education, Equity, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Learning Outcomes, Teacher education and professional development, Teachers and Teaching, Priorities and Goals in Education

Education Commission of the 38th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, Paris, France, November 4–7, 2015

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.

Categories: Adult Education, Civic and Citizenship Education, Foreign credential recognition, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Lifelong learning, Technical and vocational education, Priorities and Goals in Education

UNESCO World Education Forum 2015 (WEF), Incheon, Republic of Korea, May 19–22, 2015

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.

Categories: Education for sustainable development, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Lifelong learning, Cooperation and Partnerships

Implementing Highly Effective Teacher Policy and Practice: The 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

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.

Categories: Elementary and secondary education, Equity, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Learning Outcomes, Lifelong learning, Teacher education and professional development, Priorities and Goals in Education

International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2014 - Report of the Canadian Delegation

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.

Categories: Access to Learning, Diversity, Elementary and secondary education, Equity, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Learning Outcomes, Teacher education and professional development, Teachers and Teaching, Priorities and Goals in Education

Certification and Workforce Integration: Experiences of Internationally Educated Teachers

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.

Categories: Elementary and secondary education, Foreign credential recognition, Human resources in education, Inclusive Education, Postsecondary education, Student and teacher mobility, Teacher education and professional development, Teachers and Teaching

CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework

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.

Categories: Early childhood education, Equity, Inclusive Education, Lifelong learning