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Finnish Lesson 2.0

New and comprehensively updated edition of Finnish Lessons will appear in January 2015. The first edition that was published in November 2011 has had an unbelievable journey. It has been translated into 16 languages so far and counting. It won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award issued by the University of Louisville, KY, and took me to span in Parliaments of European Union, Scotland, England, Australia, New Zealand and Latvia. I have had a marvelous journey with it, too.

Now, with Finnish Lessons 2.0, I have thoroughly updated earlier groundbreaking account of how Finland built a world-class education system during the past four decades. I trace the evolution of Finnish education policies and highlights how they differ from the United States and much of the rest of the world. Featuring substantial additions throughout the text, Finnish Lessons 2.0 demonstrates how systematically focusing on teacher and leader professionalism, building trust between the society and its schools, and investing in educational equity rather than competition, choice, and other market-based reforms make Finnish schools an international model of success. This second edition details the complexity of meaningful change by examining Finland’s educational performance in light of the most recent international assessment data and domestic changes.Jan 2015/264 pp./PB, $24.95 Cover_FL2.0


Acclaim for Finnish Lessons 2.0— 

“Finnish Lessons 2.0 reminds us that a nation can consciously build an admirable school system if it pays close attention to the needs of children, if it selects and prepares its educators well, and if it builds educational communities that are not only physically attractive but conducive to the joys of teaching and learning.” —From the Foreword by Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error

“The story of Finland’s extraordinary educational reforms is one that should inform policymakers and educators around the world. Teacher professionalism, intelligent accountability, and a systematic focus on equity are among the aspects of Finland’s education system that have inspired others. This updated edition presents these lessons in a vivid and inspiring style.” —Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University

“The second edition of Finnish Lessons updates how collaboration, talent, equity, and commonsense combine to create an educational paragon.” —Henry M. Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

“In the revised edition of his award-winning book, Pasi Sahlberg builds on his vast knowledge of education around the globe. Whether or not you have read Finnish Lessons, you should read and ponder this new edition right away.” —Howard Gardner, author of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed

Download Finnish Lessons 2.0 Flyer FL2_Flyer

More details at Teachers College Press website here (coming soon)