As we look around the corner to the occupations of tomorrow, schools and states will need to be more dynamic and future oriented–especially when it comes to career and technical education. – Vicki Phillips in Forbes

Recent Conferences of Note
Connecting How We Learn to Educational Practice and Policy: Research Evidence and Implications International Conference
January 23-24, 2012, Paris, France
There is increasing interest in connecting a broad array of scientists and practitioners at an international level, because individual countries have made significant progress in developing educational approaches that are highly successful. This conference allowed countries to share their successful practices and strategies with a goal of encouraging widespread innovation that integrates international discoveries and educational practices and inventive policy changes. More information is available on the OECD web site including the agenda, speaker bios, and workshop presentations.

Photo from the 2011 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Mark Your Calendar
2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession
March 14-15, 2012, New York City, New York
The 2012 Summit will again convene education ministers, leaders of national teachers’ organizations, and teacher leaders from countries with high-performing and rapidly improving educational systems. Countries and regions invited to participate include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Participation is by invitation only.

Related Webinars:
Webinar on “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century, Lessons from Around the World,” an OECD Background Paper
Wednesday, March 14, 10-11 AM ET
Featuring Andreas Schleicher,  Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General, OECD.

Opening and Framing Session of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession
Wednesday, March 14, 1-2:30 PM ET
Featuring Arne Duncan,  U.S. Secretary of Education; Yves Leterme, OECD Deputy Secretary General; Fred van Leeuwen, EI General Secretary; and Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General, OECD.

Closing Session of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession: What have we learned, and where do we go from here?
Thursday, March 15, 3:30-5 PM ET
Featuring Arne Duncan, Yves Leterme, Fred van Leeuwen, and Fernando Reimers, Professor of International Education, Harvard University. During the closing session, each participating country will give a brief closing statement. Before concluding the Summit, Netherlands’ State Secretary for Education of Culture and Science Halbe Zijlstra will give a short presentation to preview next year’s Summit scheduled to take place in Amsterdam.

Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium
March 24-25, 2012, Manama, Bahrain
The 2012 symposium will broadly examine the use of global innovations in education in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as the ways in which they are adapted (or not) to suit the needs of the environment.  The symposium also seeks to explore the ways in which educators, families and the community react when faced with a slew of imported innovations and why some innovations stick while others are left by the wayside.  Finally the symposium welcomes contributions on local innovations in order to further regional scholarship and programs.

The 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
April 22-27, 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The worldwide education revolution over the past 150 years has thoroughly transformed human society.  The relentless inclusion of ever more people into formal and non-formal schooling—from early childhood education to advanced university training and beyond—is a social revolution with cultural, material, and political consequences for human life around the globe. This conference aims to answer questions such as “What has been the legacy of the education revolution?” and “What are its current challenges and promises for the future?”

2012 2nd International Conference on Economic, Education and Management (ICEEM 2012)
June 1-2, 2012, Shanghai, China
ICEEM 2011 is a meta-conference for researchers in the Asia-Pacific region to connect with international research communities for the worldwide dissemination and sharing of ideas for research in the field of economic, education and management. The 2-day conference will foster the building of research communities in the field of computers in education.

Comparative Education Society in Europe, 25th Conference
June 18-21, 2012, Salamanca, Spain
The topic of the Conference, “Empires, Post-coloniality and Interculturality: Comparative Education between Past, Post, and Present”, reflects some of the major scholarly issues in which academics, researchers, policy analysts and students in the field of comparative education are currently concerned and engaged.

Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2012)
June 18-21, 2012, Toronto, Canada
The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap and promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy.

PGL12: 2012 Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference
June 29-30, 2012 New York, New York
The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning annual conference is dedicated to preparing American students to be globally competent and ready for college. The two-day event connects educators, business leaders, policymakers and resource providers to share best practices, build partnerships and advance policies to ensure the next generation is ready to lead in an interconnected world.