Experience Thursday at #ttfmx16

Check out our Storify of all the tweets from the Thursday sessions.

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Reflections on Opening Day

Many powerful ideas circulated as the sessions kicked off. One theme: It all begins with the teacher. Attention was given to the importance of teacher training and development and to the necessity of investing in strong teacher preparation programs that will train teachers not only in content areas, but in areas of emotional intelligence and social justice issues as well. This idea was juxtaposed to a stark reality of education: teachers feel under-appreciated and the teaching profession in general does not receive the respect it deserves due to obstacles such as budget cuts.

Later in the day the next session focused on financing and supporting teacher development and questioned, what is the most effective way to support new teachers and help them grow? Attention was also given to the crucial roles teachers play not only in teaching students content, but also in teaching students how to learn and develop a life-long love of learning as well.

The day closed with the official launch of the Teacher Policy Development Guide.

While today’s breakout sessions will not be live streamed, please be sure to watch the live streaming of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary on Thursday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. CDT and the closing sessions beginning at 2:30 p.m. and 3:10p.m. CDT.

Stay connected to the conference by following all our live tweets at: https://twitter.com/ADELamarEDU and the hashtag #ttfmx2016.

Watch #ttfmx2016 Live with Shindig!

Lamar University is proud to offer live streaming of #ttfmx2016 sessions, in conjunction with Shindig live conference streaming.

To access the feed, visit http://shindig.com/event/education2030, and login in with your Name and Email Address, then click on “Enter the Event”.

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That will take you to the conference room where you can view the live feed.

Screenshot 2016-03-14 20.14.56To ask a question, click on the “Ask” icon. To get the attention of the moderator, click on the “Raise” icon.

Here is the streaming schedule (all times are MDT):

Tuesday, March 15
11-11:45 a.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.
4-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 17
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2:30-3:10 p.m.
3:10-3:40 p.m.
3:40-4:10 p.m.

You can follow our live tweets of the event at https://twitter.com/ADELamarEDU, or us the hashtag #ttfmx2016.

Welcome to #ttfmx16: Understanding task force goals, mission

As the 8th Policy Dialogue Forum of the Teacher Task Force for Education 2030 convenes this week in Mexico City, let’s take a look at where the group came from and toward what goals it is working.

hands-600497_960_720TTF is the first of its kind made up of national governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, CSOs, international development agencies and private sector organizations striving to address the “teacher gap” around the world.

The task force was created as a result of the Oslo Education for All High Level Group meeting to develop plans for recruitment, deployment, training and retention of quality teachers.

Since its inception in 2009, the task force has identified three key teacher-related gaps:

  • Policy: Development and/or reinforcement of national policies, strategies and plans;
  • Capacity: Data collection and utilization to make and implement policies; and
  • Financing: Expenditures required to meet teacher needs.

The development of a new three-year strategic plan in 2014 identified three focus areas that  will be addressed at the week’s meetings:

  1. Advocacy and coordination with global and regional initiatives;
  2. Knowledge creation and dissemination; and
  3. Facilitation of countries’ access to technical support.

In addition, these six sub-themes are driving the group’s direction for the near future:

  • Teacher’s education and professional development;
  • Teacher’s status and working conditions;
  • Teacher management;
  • Financing teachers and teaching;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of teacher policies and practices; and
  • Inclusion and equity in teacher policies and practices.

Please make sure to follow TTF’s progress this week via our live streaming and live tweeting (#ttfmx16), all of which can be found here. You can also follow @Unesco to learn more!