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Vol. 46, No. 16
March 13, 2012

Education Commissioner to Attend International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro will attend an international summit in New York this week (March 14-15) to examine how to improve teacher preparation and the development of school leaders.

The second annual summit will convene education ministers, leaders of national teachers’ organizations and teacher leaders from nearly 30 countries with high-performing and rapidly improving educational systems.

The conference is part of an ongoing dialogue among participating countries about best practices in both teaching and learning.  In the weeks following the summit, the host organizations will publish a summary paper to publicly document insights shared and lessons learned.

“It is high-quality teaching that enables students to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed,” Nicastro said. “We can and should learn from those who get the best results.”

Dr. Nicastro is a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which is one of the U.S.-based education partners of the event. The U.S. Department of Education, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the global federation of teacher unions also are among the group of international hosts.

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An agenda and additional information are available at www.oecd.org/education/teachersummit.