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The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Finland

The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

By now my followers know that I am a big fan of Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg and his book, the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winning Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently named Sahlberg a visiting professor of practice beginning January 2014.Today I am pleased to welcome Pasi Sahlberg along with Finnish teacher and counselor, Timo Ilomaki, to The Global Search for Education - Got Tech? series to share their perspectives.

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The Finnish National Board of Education - Vocational Upper Secondary Education and Training

The Finnish National Board of Education - Vocational Upper Secondary Education and Training | Finland | Scoop.it
If you're interested in the Finnish vocational high schools system information is right here http://t.co/8opuY2Ku...

 

Students in vocational upper secondary education and training are mainly aged 16-25 years. The school-based education system means full-time studies for three years at a vocational institution. Education and training of compulsory studies is primarily organised in year classes. Else, students follow their individual study plans.

In the apprenticeship system, training is not based on age groups. The minimum age is 15 and there is no maximum age.

Geographical accessibility of education in Finland is high. The school network is comprehensive at all levels of education throughout the country...

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Pasi Sahlberg: “In Finland We Believe that Education is a Collective Thing"

Pasi Sahlberg: “In Finland We Believe that Education is a Collective Thing" | Finland | Scoop.it

It was a chance for our 2011 “Learning from Finland” policy group and area education leaders to hear about “The Finnish Way”. How has Finland risen to the top in international PISA testing scores? At a reception held on the SAS campus, Pasi shared some of the elements contributing to academic success: collaboration, individualization, equity and “trust-based professionalism”. For the past 40 years Finland has been committed to enhancing equity — that is, every child, regardless of socio-economic background, receives the same quality educational experience. Education is organized “according to the need of each and every individual,” Pasi explained ...

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Smiley & West

Thought-Provoking, Intelligent and Stimulating Conversations! Two of America's most influential and provocative public figures, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Dr.

 

Pasi Sahlberg from Finland’s Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation explains why his country’s education system is considered the best in the world.

 

http://www.smileyandwest.com/radio.html

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Finnish Lessons - What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? - Pasi Sahlberg

Finnish Lessons - What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?  - Pasi Sahlberg | Finland | Scoop.it

"This book is a wake-up call for the U.S. Finland went from mediocre academic results to one of the top performers in the world. And, they did it with minimal testing, teacher unions, national collaboration, and elevating teaching to a high-status calling. This is the antidote to the NCLB paralysis."
— Henry M. Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University and David Jacks Professor of Education and Economics, Emeritus Stanford University

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Curriculum Symposium: Interviews with keynote speakers

The Alberta Teachers' Association interviewed keynote speakers and Finnish teachers at a Curriculum Symposium held in Edmonton on November 4-5, 2011.

 

Here is a video that features the speakers from a Curriculum Symposium that took place in Edmonton, Alberta.

It's important to not that one of the speakers is Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons. Another speaker is Irmeli Halinen, head of curriculum in Finland.

A highlight from this Curriculum Symposium was when I asked Irmeli Halinen this question: ...http://www.joebower.org/2012/01/alberta-finland-and-curriculum.html?spref=tw

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Pasi Sahlberg: "Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?"

Watch video of Pasi Sahlberg speaking Dec. 9 on "Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?"  
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Schools Matter: Misrepresenting Finland: Seeing What We Want to See, Saying What We Want to Say

"With the publication of Pasi Sahlberg's Finnish Lessons, the education reform debate in the U.S. is moving into a second round of Finnish envy—the first being the corporate reformers' distorted claims about international comparisons and the new being calls to examine the full and complex picture of why Finland has achieved both social and education reform that has pushed them to the forefront of education quality."

 

"Our public schools reflect our corrosive inequity; our manic obsession with measuring, labeling, and ranking; our cultural commitment to humans as worker; and our blind faith in rugged individualism. None of these can be found in the Finnish cultural ethos or school system."

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Svetlana Sutic's curator insight, December 19, 2013 1:25 PM

Blew me away...food for thought!

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The Global Search for Education: Dreams

The Global Search for Education: Dreams | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg spent the day at Spahn's school in Manhattan.

Sahlberg discussed with faculty and students not just how and why Finland built their phenomenal, world-class education systems, but even more importantly, what needs to be done to maintain its educational excellence as this century progresses.

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for the love of learning: Finnish Lessons for Scotland

for the love of learning: Finnish Lessons for Scotland | Finland | Scoop.it
From half way round the globe I share the excitement of Pasi Sahlberg's new book Finnish Lessons. Its subtitle What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? has come at the right time for us here in Scotland.
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What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools? | Finland | Scoop.it
Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.

Finland’s Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and the author of the best-selling“Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?” In this piece he writes about whether the emphasis that American school reformers put on “teacher effectiveness” is really the best approach to improving student achievement.

 

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Ena Harrop's curator insight, October 31, 2013 5:25 PM

A book Mr Gove would do well to read. 

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Finland – Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education ...

Finland – Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education ... | Finland | Scoop.it
”The story of Finland's extraordinary educational reforms is one that should inform policymakers and educators around the world. No one tells this story more clearly and engagingly than Pasi Sahlberg.
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Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons

Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons | Finland | Scoop.it
written by Todd Beach Have you ever read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  The author, Robert Fulghum, composed a poem of simple yet essential lessons  ...

 

In reading Finnish Lessons what was most apparent to me is that there is very little which is revolutionary surrounding the profound success of the Finnish education system. The ideas applied surround a shared set of values, which are embraced by the Finnish people. Indeed the ideas are simple and modest, similar to the tenets proposed by All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

The Finns are a modest people who readily accept their responsibility to care for and educate their children. When the Finnish Minister of Education was asked if their goal from the outset was to become the best in the world, she replied, “For us, its enough to be ahead of Sweden.”

But what may be most ironic about the Finnish phenomenon is that many of the pedagogical changes, which teachers adapted and incorporated into their planning and instruction were developed, practiced and researched in the United States. And here we are today looking at the Finns with education envy.

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Smiley & West featuring Pasi Sahlberg | Smiley & West Show Transcripts

Smiley & West featuring Pasi Sahlberg | Smiley & West Show Transcripts | Finland | Scoop.it

Inside Finland’s renowned education system with school improvement activist Pasi Sahlberg.

 

INTERVIEW OF PASI SAHLBERG

West: From PRI, Public Radio International in Princeton I’m Cornel West.

I am blessed and delighted to be joined by the one and only Brother Pasi Sahlberg who is Director General of the Center for International Mobility and Cooperation which is part of Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture. Any time we say Finland these days people think of excellence in education, No. 1 in education.

What is it about Finland that somehow allows their precious young people to flower and flourish, and yet here in America so many of our precious young folk are going under...

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Finland's Success Is No Miracle

Finland's Success Is No Miracle | Finland | Scoop.it
Many of the ideas behind Finland's internationally recognized education system were born abroad, writes Pasi Sahlberg.

 

The Finnish education system has been at the center of global attention for exactly a decade. Until the publication of the first Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, results in December 2001, education in Finland didn't have an international reputation. Finnish results on previous international assessments had been average, at best. Even the Finns themselves thought their education system was nothing special and expressed particular concern about the quality of instruction in math and science...

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Amazon.com: Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

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finntimes: FINNISH EDUCATOR PASI SAHLBERG TOURS THE U.S.: WHY THE FINNISH EDUCATION SYSTEM WORKS

finntimes: FINNISH EDUCATOR PASI SAHLBERG TOURS THE U.S.: WHY THE FINNISH EDUCATION SYSTEM WORKS | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish education system has repeatedly been ranked as the best in the world.
We asked Paul Sahberg, one of the most qualified experts in the area, what is so good about it and what could be done to improve schools in the United States.

Q. Could you give us your title in English, explain what Cimo is (what does it do, who is behind that organization, etc.), and what do your duties there include. Also, if you could tell us a little about yourself – your background, family, etc?...

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From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model

From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model | Finland | Scoop.it
An educator from the Scandinavian country that ranks among the world’s leaders in school quality visited New York and explained his nation’s success.
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Pasi Sahlberg Blog : Two Finnish Icons: Education and Nokia

Pasi Sahlberg Blog : Two Finnish Icons: Education and Nokia | Finland | Scoop.it

When people are asked what they associate with Finland, most still say: “Nokia.” According to Finnish diplomats next comes “Education.” In the end of 2011 Nokia still is the leading mobile communication company, with about one third share of all mobile phones sold in the world. The global reputation of Finnish education, in turn, draws primarily from peruskoulu, a 9-year comprehensive school model launched in 1972 that has become the bedrock of all other forms of education in Finland and one of the top-performing school systems in the world...

http://www.pasisahlberg.com/blog/

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The Global Search for Education: A Look at a Finnish School - Huffington Post

The Global Search for Education: A Look at a Finnish School - Huffington Post | Finland | Scoop.it

If you thought you knew everything about the remarkable transformation of Finland's schools from mediocre to one of the top performing school systems in the world, think again. Native Finn Pasi Sahlberg (educator, researcher, advisor on global education reform, and Director General of CIMO in Helsinki, Finland), who has lived and closely studied this remarkable reformation, tells the full story in his newly released book, Finnish Lessons -- What can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? Sahlberg shows how the Finnish ways of improving schools differ from the global educational reform movement and from the North American educational policies and reform strategies. It's a wake-up call for all countries around the world who aspire to achieve excellence.

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