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


'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:
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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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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.

Pasi Sahlberg on Finnish education reform | XSEED Education Conference 2013

Pasi Sahlberg speaks on the journey of educational reform that Finland took to becoming one of the high performing nations on PISA. He speaks in a keynote address at the XSEED Education Conference (formerly XSEED School of Tomorrow Conference) in 2013 from Finland.

Pasi Sahlberg is the Director General of Center for International Mobility and is an expert in teacher training, school coaching, teacher training and advising policy makers.

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

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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.

A Documentary on Finland's Schools

Finland students are number 1 in the world! How did they do that?
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Pasi Sahlberg on Equity and Finland's Education System

In January 2012, Finnish educator and author Pasi Sahlberg visited Stanford to discuss his recent book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?, and participate in a conference on the U.S. and Finnish education systems. After the lecture, he sat down with us to talk about the policies and practices behind the so-called Finnish miracle and the central role of equity in Finland's school reform. More event materials are available at

Pasi Sahlberg - 2018 SASPA Conference Presentation

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Finnish School System - FACTS AND FICTION

Ever wondered if all the things the media says about the Finnish school system are true? What's going to school in Finland REALLY like?? In this video I go through an article and relay my own experience in the Finnish education system :)

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Inside a Science Classroom in the Finnish School System

Every year students tell this Finnish biology teacher that they will stop smoking. Watch this episode to see powerful teaching and learning in action.


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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Pasi Salhberg: How Finland remains immune to the Global Educational Reform Movement

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Dean's Lecture from September 2012.

This presentation describes the birth of the global educational reform movement, which has seen the emergence of an educational reform orthodoxy based on increased competition, more school choice, use of data from standardised tests to determine teacher pay, more prescription, and stronger accountability. Student assessments that measure academic performance at different points of schooling are one of the most visible products of this movement.

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.
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Pasi Sahlberg "The inconvenient Truth About American Education"

Wellesley College’s Department of Education is proud to welcome Pasi Sahlberg for the Diane Silvers Ravitch Class of ’60 lecture on current issues in public education. His talk, entitled “The Inconvenient Truth About American Education Reform,” will address some of the problematic and unintended consequences of approaches to reform in the American education system.

Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. He worked as a teacher, teacher educator, and policy adviser in Finland and was actively engaged in planning and implementing education reforms in Finland in the 1990s. His research interests include international education policies, educational change, teacher education, and classroom teaching and learning. In this lecture, Sahlberg will discuss the critical importance of teacher professionalism, collective autonomy, and trust, and argue that the most important educational ideas behind Finland’s success are borrowed from American public schools.

In addition to his popular Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (2015), Finnish Lessons (2011), and other books, he has published more than one hundred articles in journals, research periodicals and magazines around the world. Some of the most read ones include “The Fourth Way of Finland” (2011), “Rethinking Accountability in a Knowledge Society” (2010), “Creativity and innovation through lifelong learning” (2009), and “Education Reform for Raising Economic Competitiveness” (2006).

Sahlberg received a Master of Science (Mathematics) in 1984 from University of Turku and PhD from the University of Jyvaskylä in 1996. He has served the World Bank in Washington, D.C., the European Commission and the OECD as an external expert advising foreign governments in more than 50 countries around the world.

Finnish Teacher Education

The Finnish teacher education programme is a research-based, pedagogically oriented university education which leads to a Master's degree.

The motto for the teacher's education is We teach what we research, and we research what we teach.

Pasi Sahlberg: Lessons from Finland (Houston A+ Speaker Series 2013-14)

After more than a decade dominating international test rankings, Finnish schools have become a kind of tourist destination, with hundreds of educators and policy makers annually travelling to Helsinki to try to learn the secrets of their success. Pasi Sahlberg recounts the history of Finnish educational reform as only a well-traveled insider can. Sahlberg is the award-winning author of the 2011 book Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? He has addressed Houses of Parliament of the European Union, England, Scotland and New Zealand and published over 100 articles, chapters and books on education.

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Sahlberg's talk is the first in a four-part speaker series, Global Perspectives on Education presented by Houston A+ Challenge. Other speakers include Ee-Ling Low (Lessons from Singapore), Andreas Schleicher (Lessons from PISA) and Sugata Mitra (Lessons from an Indian Slum).

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