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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

Epilogue: Intentional Dessert
Epilogue: Intentional Dessert

The international conference in upstate New York that began with my meeting with George Pataki was just about to end, concluding with a dinner for attendees and speakers. The conference had discussed, among other topics, the pros and cons of using global learning metrics to raise the quality of education around the world. I shared a table with some school and district leaders and businesspeople from the United States. “Is it true that PISA was invented in Finland?” they asked. “Why do you think so?” I wanted to know. “Well, there are some speculations that PISA measures student achievement that fits to the Finnish version of teaching and curriculum,” came the response. I said that this is a really interesting ...

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