Celebration of Teaching & LearningOn March 16-17, the seventh annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with more than 10,000 educators to create a one-of-a-kind professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Hosted by WNET New York Public Media – parent company of New York’s flagship public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operating company of NJTV – the 2012 Celebration will be held in New York City at the Hilton and will honor teachers as global professionals while providing the opportunity for knowledge sharing across classrooms and cultures.        

As one 2011 attendee described the event: “The discussions are timely and thought-provoking! I left (once again) feeling energized, inspired and ready to take action.”

Since its inception, the Celebration has expanded from the local to regional to national level, and in 2012, this two-day premier, professional development conference for educators will continue its evolution to become a truly global conference. During the two days before the Celebration, the second Annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession will host education ministers and national teacher union leaders from more than 20 of the world’s highest performing countries to discuss school leadership and issues related to teacher preparation, among other topics.

Henry Louis With this unprecedented gathering of global expertise, the Celebration planning team is organizing a number of presentations by educators from high-performing PISA countries such as Finland, Singapore and Denmark along with their U.S. counterparts. Other sessions will focus on global patterns of school day and school year schedules, and how teachers allocate their time. In addition, a plenary session will feature key U.S. participants who will share their Summit experience with the audience—live and on webcast. Sessions such as these will provide educators with the unique opportunity to learn from the world’s top education systems and discuss how these methods can best be adapted for their own classrooms.

"Secretary Duncan, along with the leadership of the NEA, AFT and CCSSO, believes that education is now a truly global profession," said WNET Vice President of Education Ronald Thorpe. "We are delighted to be working with them and the leadership of the Asia Society to provide a forum for these conversations to take place."

Celebration 2012 will also expand discussions around education by enabling even more pathways for collaboration on core issues including: the arts, English language arts, global awareness, health & wellness, instructional technology, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), social studies, special education and whole school issues.

Steve SpanglerHeadlining the 2012 Celebration are Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University; Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy; Yul Kwon, host of the PBS miniseries America  Revealed; Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore; Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University; and Steve Spangler, the “Science Guy” from The Ellen Degeneres Show.

In addition, featured speaker sessions will offer insight on a wide range of issues and topics. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Charlotte Danielson, internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness; Barnett Berry, founder and president of the Center for Teaching Quality (CQT), Inc.; Dr. Keith Devlin, co-founder and executive director of Stanford University’s H-STAR Institute, co-founder of the Stanford Media X Research Network and senior researcher at CSLI; Dr. Christopher Emdin, assistant professor of science education at Teachers College, Columbia University and director of secondary school initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center; Pedro Antonio Noguera, Ph.D., the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University; Susan Szachowicz, principal of Brockton (MA) High School; and many more.

Charlotte DanielsonOther engaging panels will focus on afterschool education, autism, the Common Core, how to address the dropout crisis, the education of minority males, Next Generation Science Standards, project based learning, and school turnaround, among other exciting topics.

More than 100 “In the Classroom” workshops will provide educators with hands-on experience they can utilize in their classrooms, and the Celebration Exhibitor Hall will provide direct access to new and exciting educational tools from innovative resources such as BrainPop, Cyber-Anatomy, Discovery Education, Madame Tussaud’s, New York Public Library and many more.

“As we bring teaching to the world’s stage, it’s an honor to once again provide educators with a professional development conference as exceptional as its participants,” noted Neal Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of WNET. “This year’s focus on sharing lessons from our global partners will continue to grow the conversation we started six years ago, and I look forward to seeing it expand even more in the years to come.” 

Educators are invited to connect with the Celebration on Facebook (facebook.com/thirteencelebration), Twitter (@the_Celebration) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/thirteencelebration). Also, visit the Celebration website at www.thirteencelebration.org to sign-up for e mail updates, access resources, read the EdBlog and find the latest information on our impressive speaker lineup.

The Celebration is honored that NJEA is once again a proud sponsor and long-time member of the event’s advisory board.