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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

Prologue: Accidental Lunch
Prologue: Accidental Lunch

The road winding through the hills and forests of the northeastern United States reminded me of the countryside of Finland, where I spent my childhood. It was a beautiful morning in April 2015, and I had already traveled 100 miles since leaving my home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ernie, who had kindly offered me a ride that morning, was an experienced educator who led a nonprofit that works towards helping all young people in his community go to college. If this trip were taking place in my native Finland, we could have easily traveled miles and miles without saying anything to each other. But in America, silence in the car or at the dinner table is uncomfortable or can be considered ...

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