Finnish Educator & Scholar Pasi Sahlberg
Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg, Visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, discusses his book “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland”.
Sahlberg worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes international educational change, the future of schooling, and innovation in teaching and learning. His best-selling book “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” (Teachers College Press, 2011) won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award and Sahlberg received the 2011 Upton Sinclair Award in the United States and the 2012 Education Award in Finland.
Sahlberg has lived in England (King’s College), the United States (World Bank in Washington, DC) and Italy (European Training Foundation in Torino) and has worked in 50 countries around the world. He earned his PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 1996 and has been invited to speak at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University and Vanderbilt University in the U.S. and in Parliament Houses in England, Scotland, New Zealand and the European Union.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and IASCE (International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on International Education Benchmarking and an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu. He is former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in Helsinki.
Sahlberg is known as an international “school improvement activist” because of his direct links to practitioners and their communities. He is active in social media and public debates about education. Follow him on Twitter at @pasi_sahlberg.