Posts About "finland"

December 31, 2012 · By Dan Loritz

We at Education Evolving try to spend most of our time looking forward. But as this year comes to an end, we want to take a moment to look back on our work in 2012. Below are a few highlights.

Legislation on individualized learning

Earlier this year, the Minnesota legislature passed Education Evolving’s legislation to permit districts to give their schools the authority to individualize learning. On May 1 Governor Mark Dayton signed the education omnibus bill, a provision of which allows...

October 24, 2012 · By Joe Graba

We now have links to media coverage from Pasi Sahlberg’s recent visit to Minnesota. The Finnish education expert was only in the Twin Cities for a few days, but the impression he made on teachers, policymakers, and community members will last a long time. Amid his full schedule of speaking engagements, Sahlberg was able to make time for interviews with local education reporters when he was in the Twin Cities at the invitation of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, the Minnesota...

October 19, 2012 · By Joe Graba

During the last few days we have been able to continue a conversation we started 4 months ago with Pasi Sahlberg.

Pasi, the leading “explainer” of the Finnish school system, has spoken to rooms full of teachers, policymakers and community members, and has been interviewed by a number of local reporters.

Regardless of the audience, everyone has the same fundamental question: How did Finland become the top school system in the world? Pasi’s latest book, Finnish Lessons provides a...

September 6, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

For the 40-odd Americans in Helsinki August 20-24 the schools and the education system in Finland presented a dilemma. I went with that delegation, organized by the National Public Education Support Fund.

We envy Finnish students' top rankings on the Program for International Student Assessment. But the Finnish system is organized differently and operates on quite different principles.

Classrooms look much like ours. Choice is common. Finland has some 'chartered schools'. But:

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August 24, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Ted Kolderie, a senior associate with Education Evolving, was one of 43 national education experts invited to examine Finland’s public education system and bring lessons back to the United States. Ted’s in Finland now; he left for his weeklong trip last Saturday, August 18.

Leading the delegation are Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor, and Joanne Weiss, chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of Education. Ted and Mary Cathryn Ricker, president of the Saint Paul Federation of...