Directorate for Education and Skills
Barbara Ischinger has retired from the Organisation on 31 March 2014, having held the position of Director for Education and Skills for almost 8 years and will take up a new role as a member of the Board of Directors at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin. Andreas Schleicher has been appointed Acting Director. Andreas, a German national, joined the Organisation as an official in 1994, and has held the position of Deputy Director of the Education and Skills Directorate (EDU) since 2012 and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General since 2010.
International Summit on the Teaching Profession
The fourth summit jointly organised by the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the OECD and Education International, brought together education ministers and leaders of national teachers’ federations and teachers’ unions in Wellington, New Zealand on 28-29 March, to discuss “Excellence, Equity and Inclusiveness – High quality teaching for all”.
Skills for Social Progress
A High Level Policy Forum jointly hosted by the Ministry of Education of Brazil, OECD and Instituto Ayrton Senna, was held on 24-25 March in São Paulo, Brazil. The Forum brought together education leaders from around the world, to discuss ways to better prepare our children to face the diverse socioeconomic challenges of the 21st Century.
Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship
The OECD has named four researchers as Thomas J. Alexander Fellows: Tommaso Agasisti of Italy; Daniel Caro of Peru; Seong Won Han of Korea; Darleen Opfer of the United States; and Henry Braun of the United States.
The fellowship programme aims to develop and support improvements in education quality and equity, particularly in emerging economies.
Skills beyond Schools
In December 2013, two new Skills beyond School Commentaries were published on Scotland and Belgium Flanders. Additionally, in January 2014 two more commentaries were published on Romania and Northern Ireland. These commentaries summarise the strengths and challenges in the respective country systems.
Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
Following the publication of the Country profiles for Chile, Finland, Mexico, Norway and Turkey, we will be publishing 4 more in April 2014 for Denmark, France, Germany and Spain. An analysis of common challenges, policy lessons learnt and reflections on how to make reform happen in education.
Designing Skill-Friendly Tax Policies
Published as part of the OECD Skills Strategy Spotlight Series, Spotlight Number 6 outlines some of the ways in which taxation can affect skills development decisions, with a particular focus on skills policies targeted at third-level and adult education.
Trends Shaping Education Spotlight
The growing rate of obesity is one of the most significant health trends in OECD countries and increasingly, in Brazil, Russia, India and China, the “BRIC” countries. This health trend is also strongly linked to lower educational attainment – both as a cause and as an effect.
Lessons from PISA for Korea
Korea is one of the top performing countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey and is continuously exploring ways to improve its education system. This report helps Korea to identify and address education policy challenges in an international perspective as well as being a useful reference for other countries seeking to improve their education systems.