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Statement by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel on the International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Collaboration is key to success for many high-performing nations

WASHINGTON - March 14, 2012 -

“The National Education Association is proud to participate in the 2nd annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession. More than 20 nations are coming together to share in an ongoing international dialogue on best practices in both teaching and learning. This summit gives us a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with other countries.

“I welcome a global conversation about how to transform school systems, including better ways to measure student learning, improve the practice of our profession and attract bright and talented students into teaching. Transforming our profession requires us to do things differently and adjust our thinking about what it is going to take to create a student-focused, 21st century education system. NEA is committed to providing significant resources and expertise to ensure that every student has qualified, caring and committed teachers in the classroom.

“When you look at the highest performing nations, you see one major common denominator—collaboration. Also, teachers in those nations command professional respect and have a voice in education policy. They use their experience and expertise, and they work in concert with administrators and their unions to develop programs and practices to help their students thrive in the global economy. The international evidence is clear. When school administrations, elected officials, and unions work collaboratively, especially on recruiting, training, mentoring and supporting teachers, the profession is stronger and students do better.”

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