FinnishED Leadership

Finland’s consistent performance in international student assessments has caused much curiosity in recent years. Educators around the world are exploring what Finland does well and how they remain at the top.

Pasi Sahlberg has hosted multiple delegations of educators in Finland seeking ideas and tools to apply to their home districts, and has determined real change can begin with four uncomplicated ideas. Focusing on leading learners, this book considers topics like:

  • Physical activity is crucial for substantial learning
  • Enhancing equity is an essential component of success
  • Embedding ideas into your current leadership practices takes perseverance

Finland’s particular brand of leadership culture in education is an ideal model for improving educational performance anywhere.

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, author and scholar. He has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world.

In his long career in education he has served the World Bank in Washington, DC, the European Commission in Torino, Italy, and the OECD as education specialist. He currently advises several governments about education policies and reforms. He is an active contributor to global education dialogue through writings that have appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Conversation and CNN.

He is a former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki, and visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He is currently Professor of Practice at the University of Helsinki and a visiting Professor of Practice at the Arizona State University.


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