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Thursday, March 10, 2011

CCSSO to Join Education Officials from Around the World at International Summit on the Teaching Profession March 16-17

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

**Media Advisory**

Washington, DC- Chief state school officers from around the country and CCSSO Executive Director, Gene Wilhoit will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, educators and leaders from across the world at the first ever International Summit on the Teaching Profession (Summit) in New York City, March 16-17.

 The Summit will focus on identifying and elaborating on best practices from around the world for recruiting, preparing and supporting teachers in ways that effectively enhance the teaching profession and ultimately, elevate student performance. The Summit is hosted by U.S. Department of Education, CCSSO, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Asia Society and public broadcaster WNET.

The Summit is designed to encourage frank and open discussion. Press access will be limited to closing sessions on Thursday, March 17. Details listed below. Space is limited. All attendees including press will be credentialed. Media interested in attending should RSVP to elizabeth.utrup@ed.gov.

EVENT ONE:

WHO:             U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

                         Secretary-General of OECD Angel Gurria
                         General Secretary of Education International Fred van Leeuwen
                         NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
                         AFT President Randi Weingarten
                         CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit
                         Asia Society Vice President Anthony Jackson
                         WNET Vice President and Director of Education Ron Thorpe

WHAT:             Media availability
 
WHEN:            3:30-4:00 p.m. ET
 
WHERE:         Hilton New York
                         The New York Suite, 4th floor
                         1335 Avenue of the Americas
                         New York, N.Y.

EVENT TWO:

WHO:               OECD Directorate for Education Andreas Schleicher and summit participants

 
WHAT:              Closing Session on lessons learned from the International Summit on the Teaching Profession
 
WHEN:            4:00 p.m. ET
 
WHERE:          Hilton New York
                         The Grand Ballroom
                         1335 Avenue of the Americas
                         New York, N.Y.

EVENT THREE:

WHO:               U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

                         Secretary-General of OECD Angel Gurria
                         President of Education International Susan Hopgood
 
WHAT:             Closing Remarks
 
WHEN:            5:30 p.m. ET            
 
WHERE:          Hilton New York
                         The Grand Ballroom
                         1335 Avenue of the Americas
                         New York, N.Y.
 
An agenda and additional information is available here

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