Tervetuloa! Välkommen! Welcome!

From 14-15 March 2019, Finland will be hosting the 9th International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) in Helsinki, Finland. Since its inaugural edition in 2011, the ISTP has become an unique forum for open and constructive exchange on effective teacher policies and practice.

Following the previous editions, the 2019 ISTP brings together Ministers and teacher union leaders from countries and regions with high-performing or rapidly improving school systems, as defined by the results of the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The Summit is jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI).

The main theme of the 2019 ISTP will be “The Future of Teaching and Learning”. Over the two days, the thematic ISTP sessions will address three interrelated topics:

  1. Leading together: the multidimensional leadership challenges of education systems will be explored as a whole, as well as measures needed to strengthen the strategic leadership and management of institutions, while fostering collaboration. Effective systems require effective leadership at all levels, from policy to practice.
  2. Building strong foundations through innovative pedagogies and strategies: for the first time at the ISTP, early childhood education and care (ECEC) and more specifically pre-primary education will be addressed. Focus will be on innovative practices and pedagogies that best contribute to learning, development and well-being of children.
  3. Towards sustainable schools: will consider the implications of the multifaceted challenges, “the wicked problems of our times”, on education, teachers’ profession and the needs of pupils and students, as well as the paradigm shift needed to promote sustainable way of living.

Pre-summit activities provide opportunities for international participants to learn more about the Finnish education system and to get in contact with various education stakeholders.

We look forward to welcoming Ministers, teacher union leaders, teaching professionals and education experts to Finland.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

Minister of Education

Angel Gurría

OECD Secretary-General

David Edwards

General Secretary of Education International