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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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Equity and excellence in the U.S. schools

Equity is becoming a central goal in public education in the U.S. Commission led by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) published its report to the U.S. Secretary of Education in February. See that work here: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/02/equity-and-excellence-commission-delivers-report-to-secretary-duncan/. 

I will give keynote address in the event held in Chicago, IL, on Monday 15th April about enhancing equity in system-wide…

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CBC’s Sunday Edition on Finnish Lessons

Michael Enright spoke to Finland’s education reform guru, Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, about how the country’s egalitarian, low-stress model has helped Finnish students reach for the top in the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Sunday Edition on 17th February. Link to podcast here.

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