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Inside Education on CNN 7/21 @ 10pm ET

No country on Earth spends more money on education than the U.S. But internationally, American students rank well below many other countries, including Finland, which has one of the world’s best school systems. In this week’s “Inside Man,” Morgan Spurlock travels to Finland to find out what the Finns are doing in the classroom that we’re not.Tune in Sunday, July 21 at 10 p.m. ET. Only on CNN. http://insideman.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/15/morgan-spurlock-visits-finnish-8th-grade-classroom/

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Annual Education Lecture at King’s College

The Department of Education & Professional Studies holds an education lecture in Summer each year. Guest speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and speak on the subject of education in its broadest sense. I am honoured to be the speaker for the 2013 Annual Lecture at King’s College London. It is a particular occasion for me because I spend an academic term at that same college 22 years ago when England and…

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Teaching at the heart of the final Education Council for the Irish Presidency

International education experts Pasi Sahlberg and Christine Blower addressed the meeting in Brussels on Thursday 16th May.

Europe’s Education Ministers debated how to support the teaching profession to yield the best learning outcomes for students. The discussion was chaired by Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D.. This was the second and final Education Council to be held under the…

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“The Finnish Way” in Harvard’s Askwith Forum

Pasi Sahlberg, director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in Finland, called the global education reform movement a “wicked germ” spreading around the world at the Askwith Forum on April 23.

“It [the education system] is run like a marketplace rather than a professional place,” Sahlberg, the author of Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change…

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Finnish Educator Renews Ancestor’s Sitka Ties

The Sitka Historical Society, Sitka Lutheran Church and Sitka School District will host events Sunday and Monday for Dr. Pasi Sahlberg and his cousin Juha Ignatius, great-great-grandsons of a Finnish doctor who lived in Sitka from 1840 to 1841.

    The ancestor, Reinhold Sahlberg, arrived in Sitka in 1840 on the S/V Nikolai along with the new governor of Russian America, Adolf Etolin and his…

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Finnish Lessons now on Kindle

Finnish Lessons is finally available on Kindle. It can accessed directly here. Updated situation of availability of international editions is on this subpage.…

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Grawemeyer Award Interview

University of Louisville hosted its annual Grawemeyer Award Ceremony Gala on Thursday 11th April in Louisville. All 2013 winners except Michel van der Aa were present. Prior to the acceptance ceremony the winners gave talks and engaged in discussions with scholars in the university and members of the Louisville community. The winners’ interviews will be posted on the Grawemeyer Award website later. My short interview…

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2013 Bammy Award nomination

I am nominated for a Bammy Award in the category of Education Policy/Research by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

The following reason was presented for making the nomination:

“Finnish Lessons is a first-hand, comprehensive account of how Finland built a world-class education system during the past three decades. The author traces the evolution of education policies in Finland…

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Cooperative Learning Conference in Hull

The IASCE—in co-operation with the School of Education at the University of Hull, England and the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE)—is please to invite you to the 2013 international conference, The Transformative Power of Co-operation in Education, in University of Hull, Scarborough Campus,…

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Finnish Education in a Nutshell

Many people are looking for quick information about school systems around the world. CIMO together with Ministry of Education and Culture and National Board of Education have prepared  a quick guide to Finnish education system. This is a good introduction for those planning a visit or writing about Finland’s schools and teachers. Get downloadable copy

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