International Teacher Quality Webinar

Comparing teacher Quality INTERNATIONALly

When compared internationally to 70 of the world’s top economies, American students ranked 31st in mathematical benchmarks and 23rd in science. Finland ranked sixth in math and second in science; China ranked first in both.

Identifying where the United States is leading and lacking is important to lay a baseline down to determine how our educational system can improve or change completely. Focusing on key best practices and lessons learned from other countries may help shed light on aspects America can enhance and ways North Carolina can shine. However, many resources, stories and experiences may not be readily available to educational leaders, policy makers, educators and business and community leaders.

At IEI, we have identified four key issue areas to focus on when comparing international teacher quality: competitive compensation systems, high performance standards for teaching, elevating the status of the teaching profession and comprehensive, high-quality and relevant professional development.


want to be a part of the conversation?

As part of our 2014 program of work on building a quality teaching workforce, we hosted the second in a series of education webinars to discuss key policies, best practices and international perspectives to help us answer the question, “How do we train, retain and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure North Carolina’s future competitiveness?”.
A few of the questions we asked for our December 2nd webinar included:

  • What does professional development look like in Chinese public schools?
  • How are teachers prepared through schools of education in other countries?
  • How are compensation systems different in Finland?
  • How is the teaching profession viewed in different nations?

Click here for the powerpoint shown in the webinar.


Anita Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues moderated this panel. 


Jyrki Loima, Leading Principal and Adjunct Professor, Viikki Teacher Training School, University of Helsinki

Jyrki Loima has worked in Finnish academic teacher education and various international networks for 11 years, planning, coordinating, leading and developing studies and training periods and in/service programs for classroom and subject teachers, teacher educators and principals. His focus has been in foreign consultancy on curriculum development, teacher education, institutional management and leadership and teacher educators in-/pre-service trainings. For the 2013-14 academic year, Professor Loima received a scholar-in-residence funding for Buffalo, NY. His main field here in the United States is education, internationalization, project development and multicultural perspectives. Additionally, he was recently asked to act as a senior educational development and project adviser in a Thailand university.

Yue Wang, Director, English Department and ESL Teacher, Beijing Royal Foreign Language School
Originally from Beijing China, Yue is now studying for her second master’s degree in Educational Psychology here in NC State University. Before she came to North Carolina, she was working in Beijing Royal Foreign Language School as the director of the English department and teaching English as a second language to eighth and ninth graders. Beijing Royal Foreign Language School is an international oriented private school founded by Fazheng Group. After graduating from Beijing Normal University, Yue became an English teacher in a public high school. Three years later, she returned to Beijing Normal University for her master’s degree in English Linguistics and Teaching Methodology.

Lynn Hommeyer, Educator and Membership Support Coordinator, National Public Education Support Fund

Lynn Lahti Hommeyer is a 20-year veteran in the elementary educational arena. During this time, she has worked as a science resource teacher, English language learner instructor, school-wide enrichment coordinator and classroom teacher. She currently works as the membership support coordinator for the National Public Education Support fund which convenes the Education Funder Strategy Group, a membership forum of 30 state and national foundations focused on education policy. Hommeyer worked as an Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow on Capitol Hill focusing on issues of educational equity and STEM opportunities. Hommeyer started her teaching career in Finland and later returned there on a Fulbright Fellowship studying educational best practices at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. She has had short term teaching experiences all over the globe including Australia, Denmark and Indonesia. Previously, Hommeyer served in both the District of Columbia and St. Paul, MN Public School systems.