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Education leaders gather in Wellington

Education leaders gather in Wellington

Education Ministers and education leaders from the OECD’s top-performing countries will gather in Wellington in March to hold a global dialogue on building and supporting teaching excellence.

The annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) provides a forum for Ministers, unions and teaching leaders to discuss educational achievements and challenges from their own countries and share lessons.

The purpose of the gatherings is to identify best practices worldwide that strengthen the teaching profession and raise student achievement. The theme for this fourth Summit is “Excellence, equity and inclusiveness – high quality teaching for all”.

The Summit is a mix of formal and informal discussions, some of which will be open to the media.

Confirmed participants include:
• Andreas Schleicher, OECD Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General of the OECD
• Hon Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, United States
• Hon Jeff Johnson, Minister of Education, Alberta, Canada
• Hon Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Scotland (representing the UK)
• Hon Krista Kiuru Minister of Education, Finland
• Hon Heng Swee Keat, Minister of Education, Singapore
• Hon Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Minister of Education, Hong Kong

Webinar Friday 8 March, 6am (NZ time)
OECD’s Andreas Schleicher will deliver a webinar presenting the report “Equity, Excellence and Inclusiveness – policy lessons from around the world” which details the state of equity in education today and provides numerous examples of the innovative policies and practices that some countries have adopted to ensure that the widest possible population of students gets the best possible education.

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