The U.S. Department of Education, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the global federation of teacher unions, together with U.S.-based organizationsthe American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Asia Society, the Council of Chief State School Officers(CCSSO), the National Education Association (NEA), and public broadcaster WNEThosted the first International Summit on the Teaching Profession March 15-16, 2011, in New York. The summit was the first of its kind, designed to engage governments and teacher organizations in an intensive discussion about how to create a stronger teaching profession.
Based on the success of the first Summit, the U.S. hosted a second International Summit on the Teaching Profession March 14-15, 2012 in New York. In addition to the host organizations that participated in 2011, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) also contributed to the planning process. The 2012 Summit was designed to allow a deeper exploration of three specific topics: 1) developing school leaders; 2) preparing teachers for the delivery of 21st century skills; and 3) preparing teachers to work and succeed where they are most needed.