Media Advisory: International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2021


October 18, 2021 —  The United States will virtually host the 2021 International Summit on the Teaching Profession together with Education International (EI) and the OECD on October 19-21, 2021. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, head of the U.S. delegation, will be joined in Washington, D.C. by President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten; President of the National Education Association Becky Pringle; and CEO of the Council of Chief State School Officers Carissa Moffat Miller.  

Fourteen high-performing countries from Asia, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere will participate in the virtual summit.  

The focus of this year’s summit is “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future: Excellence and Equity for All.” This marks the ten year anniversary.  

The International Summit on the Teaching Professionbegun in 2011 by then U.S. Secretary  of Education Arne Duncan, brings together ministers and secretaries of education from around the world, the heads of their teacher unions and other representatives of  the teaching profession. The goal of the summit is for countries to learn from each other about how to strengthen education and elevate and enhance the teaching profession.  

The summit takes place from Tuesday, October 19, to Thursday, October 21. Tuesday’s opening remarks and Thursday’s closing remarks are open to the press.  
Summit Opening Remarks 
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
8-8:30 a.m. ET (14h00-14:30 CET)
Opening remarks can be viewed here.  
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher     
President of Education International Susan Hopgood  

Press: This event is open press. 
Summit Closing Remarks 
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
9:30-10 a.m. ET  (15h30-16h00 CET)
Closing remarks can be viewed here
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
General Secretary of Education International David Edwards
OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann 

Press: This event is open press. 


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