Renowned Finnish Educator & Scholar
Pasi Sahlberg is a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. Read More >
There is no better time to think harder about what future school could be than right now. The global health pandemic paused many earlier efforts to rethink the future by disrupting education as we knew it before 2020. Read More >
Technology, wellbeing and the role of schools in students’ learning are some of those issues that are at the heart of new considerations for schools of tomorrow. In many ways we need to think again how we think about the future. In this keynote, Sahlberg argues that we need to have good common understanding of the state of education today to be able to reimagine education for the future. Based on that big picture he suggests four ‘moon shot’ ideas that could be considered today. Every crisis leaves new opportunities. In reimaging education those opportunities should be utilized without delay.
Sahlberg's presentation helps participants to: Read Less ^
American schools are lagging behind most others. American children spend much less time in school than children elsewhere. And yet more tax-payer money is spent on education than in other countries. These are all myths that have created a sense of crisis among American parents and employers. In this presentation, Sahlberg argues that American schools are blamed for things that are far beyond their control and that they way forward would be to accept that schools need more resources to help all children to succeed. The purpose of this presentation is to bust prevalent myths about American education and suggest concrete steps any school, community or state can take to make American education better. Read More >
“Finland is often used as a benchmark for school reforms. This conversational talk explains some harmful myths and presents the key facts about what Finnish schools do and why.”
“Big data was supposed to fix the schools, but it didn’t. This presentation explains what big and small data are using a narrative of conversations at the system-level around what data is actually needed to build confidence and trust within the public to demonstrate that an education system is flourishing.”
“Several international declarations, appeals by national associations of pediatrics, and grass-root movements insist that play needs to be part of daily life of every child. This talk paints a picture of the state of play in children’s lives around the world and suggest seven concrete steps bring play back to schools and homes. Read Less ^
Education reforms in the United States look intensively for the next great innovation that would unlock the door to school improvement. Billions of dollars have been spent each year on innovation through special programs, initiatives, structural changes and research. In this presentation, Sahlberg argues that it is the overemphasis on innovation that prevents American education system from learning from its rich past and from other countries. The way forward, therefore, requires that education policies and reforms in the United States build more on ideas and innovation that have made other education systems bloom, most of those are American ideas anyway. The purpose of this presentation is to bring new perspectives to American education and hope to those who think there is nothing to do to improve education for all children.
"That was a wonderful session and we are very grateful to have had you as part of our conference, your wisdom was exactly what we needed as we all embark on a journey past the world of "Covid-19". What an amazing perspective and system to learn from! We feel so grateful for all the strong women and men who have left such a lasting mark on the field of Education... and for the lives of children in general. We count you as one of the great voices and your inspiring words have set the stage for our stories moving forward, as we set out to honor children and allow for them to explore the world with arms wide open, and hope that we can inspire folks to be more like the Finnish society, and allow the children to have a say in their education."
"The event was perfect. Pasi was perfect. It was a wonderful event. I attended and would not have missed this for the world. The reaction from the audience and feedback sent to me later on was that it was incredibly worthwhile and Pasi delivered a wonderful event. Of course, he is a professional. However, I will comment that he was on time, friendly, prepared etc. It was an absolute joy having him here. Honestly, that event will always remain a highlight of my time at Minchinbury PS. Pasi is a wonderful educator."
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