It was in the context of the pandemic’s challenges and opportunities that teachers’ union leaders and education ministers from 15 countries came together for the 2021 International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) this October.
ISTPs are unique. They are the only international event that brings education ministers and union leaders together to discuss practical steps to improve education. Participants include governments and union leaders from a number of high-performing or rapidly improving school systems as measured by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Every year, it has been co-hosted by Education International (EI), OECD, and one participating country. As with every ISTP, Anthony Mackay, CEO and Board Chair of the National Center on Education and the Economy, served as the moderator.
This year, the 10th anniversary, the United States served as host, although COVID-19 travel restrictions necessitated a virtual meeting.