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Valuing our Teachers and Raising their Status

How Communities Can Help

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There is increasing recognition that teachers will play a key role in preparing students for the challenges of the future. We expect teachers to equip students with the skill set and knowledge required for success in an increasingly global, digital, complex, uncertain and volatile world. This will involve teachers and schools forging stronger links with parents and local communities, building a sense of social responsibility and problem solving skills among their students. It also means that teachers need to adopt effective and individualised pedagogies that foster student learning and nurture their social and emotional skills. How can education systems help them engage in continuous innovation and professional development to enhance their own practice?

This report shows how education systems can support teachers to meet these new demands and encourage a paradigm shift on what teaching and learning are about and how they should happen. Education systems need to create the conditions that encourage and enable innovation. They need to promote best practice through policies focused on professionalism, efficacy and effectiveness in order to help build teachers’ capacity for adopting new pedagogies. Due attention should also be paid to teachers’ sense of well-being so that classroom learning environments remain conducive to students’ own well-being and development.

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Executive Summary

Digitalisation connects a majority of the world’s population in ways that vastly increase our individual and collective potential. But the same forces have also made the world more volatile and more complex. However, the disruptive implications of digital technologies for our economic and social fabric should not predetermine societal outcomes. Education will play a key role in determining how the next decades will play out for individuals, nations and the planet. But this requires preparing students to look towards the future, not the past, and that is why smart educational policies are so important nowadays.

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