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

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

Canada's Response to UNESCO Questionnaires on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005–2014: Education for Sustainable Development after 2014 and UN Decade of ESD Final Report

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).

Categories: Education data and research, Education for sustainable development, International Organizations and Meetings, Teachers and Teaching, Cooperation and Partnerships

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

First Consultation of the Americas – Ministers of Education: “A New Culture of Health in the School Context,” Mexico City, Mexico, October 16–19, 2012

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.

Categories: At-risk students, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Student Health and Safety, Special needs students, Teachers and Teaching

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

Report on the PCERA 1999 Pan-Canadian Research Agenda Symposium

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.

Categories: Civic and Citizenship Education, Diversity, Education data and research, Equity, Information and Communication Technologies, Learning Outcomes, Special needs students, Teachers and Teaching

Teacher Education and Development Study – Mathematics (TEDS-M) 2008

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.

Categories: Education data and research, Postsecondary education, Prior Learning assessment and recognition, Teachers and Teaching