Publications

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

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

Establishing a Pan-Canadian Credential Assessment Centre for Internationally Educated Teachers

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.

Categories: Foreign credential recognition, Information and Communication Technologies, Quality Assurance, Teacher education and professional development, Teachers and Teaching

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

Speaking for Excellence: Language Competencies for Effective Teaching Practice

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.

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

18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), August 28–31, 2012, Pailles, Mauritius

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).”

Categories: Inclusive Education, Information and Communication Technologies, International Organizations and Meetings, Teacher education and professional development, Priorities and Goals in Education

5th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting

This report contains the main outcomes of the 5th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, which took place May 21–23, 2012, in Korea. The meeting focused on topics such as globalization and education, innovation in education, and education cooperation. At the conclusion of the meeting, ministers adopted a joint statement, “Envisioning Together for the Future and Hope,” pledging to continue to foster regional innovative growth, promote future skills suitable for the global society, create innovative instructional delivery systems, and foster more collaborative policy decisions.

Categories: Elementary and secondary education, Information and Communication Technologies, Postsecondary education, Teacher education and professional development, Cooperation and Partnerships

Organization of American States (OAS) VII Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education, Paramaribo, Suriname, March 1–2, 2012

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.

Categories: Elementary and secondary education, International Organizations and Meetings, Teacher education and professional development, Teachers and Teaching, Cooperation and Partnerships

International Summit on the Teaching Profession, March 16–17, 2011, New York City, United States

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.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Elementary and secondary education, Human resources in education, International Organizations and Meetings, Teacher education and professional development, Teachers and Teaching