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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…

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This is my fall semester course at HGSE


Fall 2014

Wednesdays  1:00 – 4:00 pm


The performance of education systems has become a common indicator of success or failure of nations’ prosperity. Educational performance…

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Coming in spring 2015 at HGSE: The Teaching Profession Around the World

I am honoured to teach two courses next academic year about international education at HGSE. in the fall semester 2014 there will be a repeater of A-317 that I taught this past spring. In spring 2015 semester I offer a new course for graduate and doctoral students titled “The Teaching Profession Around the World”. Here is a brief initial introduction to that program.

There are two parts in this course…

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2014 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture at OISE

I am honoured to give this year’s R.W.B. Jackson lecture at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Here is the abstract of that talk:

The quality of teaching and educational change are major areas of public concern in Canada and around the world. Today many governments in search of a panacea to improve educational performance turn to teachers, believing that if only they could…

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A Fantastic New Film About Real Teachers and Schools

Rise Above the Mark is a documentary narrated by Peter Coyote that brings to light the heartbreaking realities of public education. It’s the story of what happens when politics enters the classroom.

Public schools are boxed in by current corporate reforms. Rules and regulations restrict vision, depreciate funding, demoralize teachers, and turn students into test-taking machines, robbing them of time to foster creativity.

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Finland’s education minister visits my HGSE class

My HGSE course “International Lessons from Successful Education Systems” is looking at what we can and can’t learn from those education systems that have been able to successfully reform themselves so that both quality and equity of learning outcomes are high. The course syllabus includes study of some of those countries that have become successful reformers and high performers recently. South Korea, Japan,…

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First OPPI Festival in Helsinki April 11-12

Ditch your preconceptions of education events. Oppi is a not-for-profit festival, not a conference. That means it’s informal, with a flexible, surprising schedule — and lots of opportunities to contribute your experiences.
Oppi brings together global teachers, academics, education leaders, businesses, entrepreneurs, young people and more. In fact, anyone with an interest in education will get…

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International Lessons from Successful Education Systems at HGSE

I will teach a course (number A-317) at Harvard Graduate School of Education) this spring titled “International Lessons from Successful Education Systems to graduate and doctoral students of Harvard University. This course explores the question of what counts as credible evidence in education policy learning and whole-system school reforms. In this course I will be working with my students to bring more light into the…

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Next job: Visiting Professor at Harvard GSE

I am delighted and excited to work as a Visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education from January 1st, 2014 for the period of three semesters. My teaching focuses on high performing education systems and how we can (or shouldn’t) learn from them. It will include transportability of educational change ideas, teachers education, professionalism…

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Diane Ravitch wins Grawemeyer education award

Education historian Diane Ravitch once supported education reform, but now she sees it as a series of “mistaken policies” that have corrupted public schools.

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