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Pasi Sahlberg

Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland (TEACHERS COLLEGE PRESS)

Wednesday • November 14 • 7pm

UW Kane Hall Room 210


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In many parts of the world, public schooling is in crisis. Competition, choice, standardized testing, and privatization have become common tactics to improve schools. This presentation shows that there is an alternative way to transform education systems and boost learning for all students. It is the way of inclusion and equity, teacher professionalism, collaborative practice, and trust-based responsibility. Finland's education system consistently ranks among the top in the world in learning achievement, equity of outcomes, and system efficiency. This presentation reveals that the transformation of education systems is possible if education policies focus more on inclusion and equity instead of choice, professional development instead of test-based accountability, and pedagogy instead of technology. What is needed is the right blend of ingenuity, time, patience, and determination.

No Image Available Pasi Sahlberg has served as an education advisor to the World Bank, OECD, and to governments in more than 45 countries. He is currently Director General of CIMO (National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finnish Ministry of Education in Helsinki, Finland.

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