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Bonjour! It's World Teachers' Day!

Bonjour and bienvenue to World Teachers' Day from Paris, France!

penseur2.JPGPhoto from my wandering yesterday at Jardin du Musée Rodin

Ron Thorpe and I were among the first to arrive at UNESCO headquarters for the official program. I've got my croissant and tea, and I'm ready to take a stand for teachers... once everyone else shows up.


The day's agenda is a feast of international perspectives:

• Opening Ceremony featuring Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO

• "Take a Stand for Teachers!" speakers from UNESCO's Education Sector, including David Atchoarena, Director of Teacher Development and Higher Education

• Discussion panel on "attracting the best to teaching and retaining them" chaired by Oliver Liang and Marinlena Viviani from International Labour Organization. The panelists are a hit parade of ministers, cultural attaches, and other senior officials:

  • Rima Al Baksheet, Jordan

  • Winsome Gordon, Jamaica

  • Kourouma Ibrahima, Guinea Republic

  • Luc Ria, France

  • Maker Mwangu Famba, Democratic Republic of Congo,

  • Nollitha Vukuza-Linda, South Africa

• Discussion panel on "improving teacher status" moderated by David Edwards from Education International. Panelists are researchers and organization leaders working on elevating the teaching profession:

  • John Bangs, Cambridge, UK

  • Tunde Kovacs Cerovic, Belgrade University, Serbia

  • Sofialeticia Morales Garza, Mexico

  • Aniceto Sobrepena, Philippines

  • Ron Thorpe, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, USA

• Closing remarks from Francesc Pedro, Chief of the Section for Teacher Development and Education Policies at UNESCO,

There's also a side exhibition on UNESCO's Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.

More as the story develops!

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