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'What if Finland's Great Teachers Taught in Your Schools?' Pasi Sahlberg - WISE 2013 Focus

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'What if Finland's Great Teachers Taught in Your Schools?' Pasi Sahlberg - WISE 2013 Focus

Many governments are under political and economic pressure to turn their school systems around for higher rankings in the international league tables. Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Finland are commonly used models for the nations that hope to improve teaching and learning in their schools. In search of a silver bullet, reformers now turn their attention to teachers, believing that if only they could attract the best and the brightest into the teaching profession the quality of education would improve. This presentation argued that just having better teachers in schools will not automatically improve students' learning outcomes. Lessons from Finland and other high-performing school systems suggest that we should also protect schools from prescribed teaching, toxic accountability, and unhealthy competition, so that all teachers can use their professional knowledge and skills in the best interests of their pupils.

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Pasi Sahlberg - The Myth of Finnish Education

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, author and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, and school leadership. His best-seller book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He is a former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki and currently a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA. More on his website: pasisahlberg.com
and Twitter: @pasi_sahlberg.
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Pasi Sahlberg: "Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?"

Watch video of Pasi Sahlberg speaking Dec. 9 on Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?

The talk is part of the Peabody Research Office (PRO) brown bag lunch lecture series. These are informal presentations featuring research innovations at Peabody or other areas in the university.

Pasi Sahlberg on the Finnish Education System

Pasi Sahlberg has worked as teacher, teacher-educator, policy advisor and director in Finland and served the World Bank and the European Commission as an education specialist. He sits down for a one on one conversation with Cheryl Jackson.
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Learning to Teach in Practice: Finland's Teacher Training Schools

Finland is one of the highest-achieving school systems in the world. As part of a comprehensive strategy for creating high-quality education for all students, Finland created a new approach to teacher preparation and training. This short video illustrates teacher development at the Vikki Teacher Training School which is part of the University of Helsinki.

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America vs Finland teachers

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GERM that kills schools: Pasi Sahlberg at TEDxEast

Activist & Education Director Pasi Sahlberg brings what he has learned from the education system in his native Finland to United States' parents, teachers and policy makers.

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What's Your Game? Quest to Learn Schools Rethink Education - Katie Salen - WISE 2013 Focus

In 2009 a new public middle school called Quest to Learn opened in New York City. Its mission? To transform teaching and learning practices through an approach integrating traditional and 21st-century literacies with core principles of game design and play. The resulting school has become a vital research and development platform for innovative curriculum and teaching practices. What have been the key discoveries and lessons learned?

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The Power of Trust in Finnish Education

Why do teachers in Finland seem so comfortable with giving their students lots of autonomy at school? In this episode, we step into Miika Tammekann's woodworking classroom to learn some lessons about trust.

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In 2013 I moved from Boston to Helsinki, landed a teaching job at a Finnish public school, and launched a blog called Taught by Finland. This year I'm venturing beyond the blogosphere and sharing what I learn about the Finnish school system on YouTube!

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This school year I'm presenting at education conferences in the U.S. and beyond. Would you like me to speak at your school or event? Let's explore the possibility. My email address is tim (at) taughtbyfinland.com.

I want to say thank you to Miika Tammekann, along with the faculty and students at Martti Ahtisaari School in Kuopio, Finland, for a wonderful visit! And thanks to David Popa for filming it! (Subscribe to his channel here:

Pasi Sahlberg - Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes international educational change, future of schooling, and innovation in teaching and learning. His best-seller book Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland (Teachers College Press, 2011) won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He is a former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in Helsinki and currently a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA.
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A Documentary on Finland's Schools

Finland students are number 1 in the world! How did they do that?
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Finland Education Success

This video is from Collective Evolution - Where Do We Invade Next.
Check this: Finnish children spend very little time at school, don't get homework and yet get one of the best educations in the world. How? This will explain.
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Finnish Education - Equal Opportunities for All

The welfare of Finnish society is built on education, culture and knowledge. The flexible education system and basic educational security make for equity and consistency in results.

Finnish lessons - What can the world learn from educational change in Finland, by Pasi Sahlberg

Keynote speech by Prof. dr. Pasi Sahlberg at the 2012 EAPRIL Conference in Jyväskylä, Finland, November 28-30.

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 focus on equity, teacher professionalism, collaborative practice, and trust-based responsibility. Finland is a nation whose schools lack external inspection, pre-scribed curricula, high-stakes testing, punitive accountability, and race-to-the-top mentality in improving teaching and learning. Yet the Finnish education system consistently ranks among the best in the world in learning achievement, equity of outcomes, accessibility, and efficiency. This presentation therefore brings a message of hope to those who have begun to lose faith in public education and wonder whether it can be improved. It reveals that the transformation of education systems not only is possible but inevitable if education policies are driven by equity instead of choice, professional development instead of accountability, and pedagogy instead of technology. What it takes beyond these is the right blend of ingenuity, time, patience, and determination.

Secrets of Finland's Education

What is the secret behind Finland's great education?
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Pasi Sahlberg: Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finlan

Watch video of Pasi Sahlberg speaking Dec. 9 on Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? The talk is part of the .

What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? Pasi Sahlberg, director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation, .

Pasi Sahlberg 03/19/2015.

Keynote speech by Prof. dr. Pasi Sahlberg at the 2012 EAPRIL Conference in Jyväskylä, Finland, November 28-30. In many parts of the world, public schooling .

10 Reasons why Finland has the Best Education System in the World

Finland, a country rich in intellectual and educational reform has over the years initiated a number of novel and simple changes that have completely revolutionized their educational system.

They have consistently ranked as the number one education system in the world according to rankings from different organizations and institutions, including the Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum.

Finland is leading the way because of common-sense practices and a holistic teaching environment that strives for equity over excellence. Here are 10 reasons why Finland’s education system is dominating the world stage.

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Finnish Education - Equal opportunities for all

Learn more about the world-known education system by watching this video made by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
More information on study opportunities in Finland, visit

Learning by Playing in Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care - Krista Kiuru - WISE 2014 [Focus]

Promoting children's overall well-being is the overarching goal of education. In Finland, an integrated ECEC system is implemented and care and education are combined in a holistic matter (the educare principle). Expectations are set for the staff and the learning environment rather than the children’s educational outcomes. Playing, physical exercise, exploration and self-expression through different forms of art are considered to be ways of acting and thinking that are stimulating and beneficial to children.

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Pasi Sahlberg at WEAC

International education researcher Pasi Sahlberg visits WEAC building to talk about Finland's education model

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