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February 11, 2016

EPI Senior Researcher Co-Authors Report on Teacher Professionalism

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is hosting a joint U.S. release of the OECD’s new report Supporting Teacher Professionalism on February 12, 2016 at 10:00am ET.

The report was written, in part, by the Educational Policy Institute's Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Christine Harris-Van Keuren.

This report is based on data from the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) results and examines how countries around the world focus on pre-service and in-service professional development to prepare and support teachers as they face changing demographics amongst their students and rigorous expectations for student success in today’s economy. The report focuses on teachers’ knowledge, autonomy in decisionmaking, and engagement in peer networks as hallmarks of teacher professionalism. The findings highlight the value of teacher collaboration, mentoring, and pre-service education programs.

The event will feature Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills and special advisor on education policy to the secretary-general of the OECD. NCTAF President Melinda George and Alliance Vice President Stephanie Wood-Garnett will also provide remarks. In addition, a panel of policymakers and practitioners will reflect on what this means for professional development in the United States.

To download the report, click here.


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