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HGSE Distinguished Author Series Talk on Feb 9


I am honored to engage in a conversation with distinguished colleagues and students about Finnish Lessons 2.0 at HGSE’s Distinguished Author Series book talk on Tuesday February 9th. I will speak about the main impact of this book globally and outline some main misinterpretations of it in the U.S. and beyond. I will be joined to discuss these issues by Boston College Professor Andy Hargreaves, Vermont…

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Johtoryhmä ohjaamaan peruskoulun uudistamisen kärkihanketta


Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö on asettanut johtoryhmän tukemaan peruskoulun uudistamisen kärkihankkeen toteutusta. Ryhmän toimikausi kestää 28.2.2019 asti.

Johtoryhmän puheenjohtajina toimivat opetus- ja kulttuuriministeri Sanni Grahn-Laasonensekä valtiosihteeri Olli-Pekka Heinonen.

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Oulun yliopiston uusi hallitus


Oulun yliopiston hallitukseen on valittu kolme uutta ulkopuolista jäsentä yliopistokollegion kokouksessa 12.10.2015. Hallituksessa on kaikkiaan kuusi jäsentä yliopiston ulkopuolelta ja kuusi yliopistoyhteisön edustajaa. Kolme uutta ulkopuolista jäsentä valittiin 1.1.2016 alkaen neljäksi vuodeksi.

Nyt valitut uudet jäsenet ovat Kelan pääjohtaja, hammaslääketieteen tohtori, valtiotieteiden…

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Hard Questions on Educational Change

This coming academic year (2015/2016) I will teach new course at Harvard Graduate School of Education called Hard Questions on Global Educational Change. It will focus on some of the most widely and passionately debated issues in current education reforms and help students to improve their skills to communicate their ideas and views. Classes run from September to late April on Wednesdays at 4pm (EST). Following is the description…

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Swedish School Commission

In April 2015, the Swedish Government appointed the Schools Commission that is chaired by Anna Ekström. She is Director General of the Swedish National Agency of Education (Skolverket). School Commission main task is to follow up the recommendations made by OECD’s education policy review that was published in Stockholm in early May. The recommendations of the OECD report focus on three priorities: conditions that promote…

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My teaching program at HGSE in 2015/16

My teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in academic year 2015/16 consists of three courses. Two of them are semester-long, full (four credit) courses and third is a yearlong, new course. Here are brief introductions of each of them.

International Lessons from Successful Education Systems (A-317). This course will take a closer…

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Open Society Foundations Advisory Board

I have joined the Open Society Foundations Education Support Program Advisory Board. This program works to make the right to education meaningful by combating inequality and discrimination in education and exposing structural inequalities that reproduce education disadvantage and exclusion.

This is what the OSF…

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HGSEat103: The Teaching Profession Around the World Part 2



Week 6 – March 4

Research-based Teacher Education in Finland

The class will be given an introduction to a research-based…

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HGSEat103: The Teaching Profession Around the World Part 1


In recent years international organizations have shown an increased interest in questions related to teachers, teacher education, and teacher policy. Most influential of these institutions are the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with its two global initiatives, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and…

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Happy New Year 2015

Last year marked another busy year in terms of visitors on this website: Over 200,000 visitors and nearly 3 million hits during 2014. Thank you all for that. I will do my best to manage this site so that the most recent material related to Finnish Lessons 2.0 would be available for you. You will also find all presentations that I make this year posted under “Finnish Lessons” manu as before.

As far as my work…

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