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Improve overall school performance from start to Finnish! 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

Use Small Data for Big Change
Use Small Data for Big Change

One feature that distinguishes schools in the United States from those in Finland and in much of the rest of the world is the adornment of classrooms, hallways, and teachers’ lounges with data walls, which typically use brightly colored charts, tables, and graphs to display students’ and classes’ levels of performance on standardized tests. For some education reformers, such displays promote transparency: By revealing more information about schools, such data walls become part of the foundation for bringing about effective school improvement. Other reformers who are focused on improving school performance have pointed out, however, that these data sets don’t necessarily spark insight about the fundamental realities of teaching and learning in classrooms. ...

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