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.
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 - 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.
'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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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 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 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.
Bryan Bruce interviews Finnish Education expert Dr Pasi Sahlberg
5 Finnish Education Myths DEBUNKED
I tackle five glaring myths about Finnish education while being ridiculous, gathering fiber, and dancing my pants off. Except my pants definitely remained on.
Can the Finnish Education Miracle be Replicated? | SXSWedu
For over a decade the Finnish education system has been a destination for thousands of practitioners, researchers and politicians. They have visited Finnish schools to find out what makes Finland one of the best performing education nations in the world. In this session, panelists will explain the basics of Finland’s educational success, consider what others can learn from the Finns and introduce HundrED, an ambitious education project creating 100 scalable educational innovations and sharing them for free with the world.
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DEPS 2013 Annual Lecture - Pasi Sahlberg "Finnish Lessons"
Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?
Description: Competition, choice, standardized testing, and privatization have become common tactics to improve schools in many parts of the world. This presentation shows that there is an alternative way to transform education systems and enhance learning for all students. Finnish lessons is a story of inclusion and equity, teacher professionalism, collaborative practice, and trust-based responsibility.
Finland Education Success
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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.
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
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 .
The Finland Phenomenon: The Best Education System (sub spanish)
In 2011, documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, and Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, researched the Finnish school system and its excellence. The result of their research is the film, The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System.
Documentary | 24 March 2011 (USA) SUB Spanish
Director: Sean Faust
The Education Index, published with the UN's Human Development Index in 2008, based on data from 2006, lists Finland as 0.993, amongst the highest in the world, tied for first with Denmark, Australia and New Zealand.
Finland's education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in a new film, The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System. In the 60-minute film, Dr. Wagner guides the viewer through an inside look at the world's finest secondary education system. A life-long educator and author of the best-selling book The Global Achievement Gap, Dr. Wagner is uniquely qualified to explore and explain Finland's success. From within classrooms and through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland's rank as the #1 education system in the world.
SISTEMA EDUCATIVO DE FINLANDIA
El sistema educativo finlandés es considerado como el mejor de los evaluados por el informe PISA de 2003. Dicho sistema se divide en dos grandes tipos de formaciones a partir de los 16 años: la formación teórica, que se imparte en las escuelas secundarias superiores y las universidades, y la formación profesional, que se imparte en las escuelas profesionales.
EDUCATION IN FINLAND
Education in Finland is an education system with no tuition fees and with fully subsidised meals served to full-time students. The present education system in Finland consists of daycare programmes (for babies and toddlers) and a one-year pre-school (or kindergarten for six-year-olds); a nine-year compulsory basic comprehensive school (starting at age seven and ending at the age of sixteen); post-compulsory secondary general academic and vocational education; higher education (University and University of applied sciences); and adult (lifelong, continuing) education. The Finnish strategy for achieving equality and excellence in education has been based on constructing a publicly funded comprehensive school system without selecting, tracking, or streaming students during their common basic education. Part of the strategy has been to spread the school network so that pupils have a school near their homes whenever possible or, if this is not feasible, e.g. in rural areas, to provide free transportation to more widely dispersed schools. Inclusive special education within the classroom and instructional efforts to minimize low achievement are also typical of Nordic educational systems.
Primary languages Finnish and Swedish
System type National
Current system since 1970s
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Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?
The Consulate General of Finland in New York and Teachers College Press at Teachers College, Columbia University
invite you to a book talk and launch event for
Pasi Sahlberg's new book
What Can the World Learn
from Educational Change in Finland?
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.
Seminar on Finland's Education System
AFT President Randi Weingarten and Finnish education expert Dr. Pasi Sahlberg talk about why Finland's school system is so successful.
Atlantic Rim Collaboratory 2018 Summit | ARC Talks - Pasi Sahlberg
Pasi Sahlberg speaks during the ARC Talks at the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory 2018 Summit.