The success of any reform in education almost always relies on the buy-in from teachers. Too often are big changes implemented from above without first drawing upon the experience and expertise of teachers working in schools. At the same time, classrooms are becoming more diverse places where students from various backgrounds share their learning experiences, meaning that teachers often act as the first responders to large demographic shifts in society. This makes the need to involve them in the reform process more urgent than ever.
Through consultations with governments and teacher unions, the OECD has identified three key needs that countries should keep in mind when seeking to improve their education systems:
-the need to redefine educational success;
-the need to support the whole child;
-and the need to redefine and promote equity in education.
These needs were the focus of discussions in the 2021 edition of the International Summit of the Teaching Profession, hosted by the United States and organised in collaboration with the OECD and Education International.
In this webinar, Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, will present key OECD data on these topics and discuss how the teaching profession and governments can work together to refit education for the 21st century. This will be followed by a presentation on the OECD’s latest paper on inclusive teaching, delivered by Ottavia Brussino, Analyst in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills.