Finnish Education Forum
19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Finnish American Heritage Center
An international education forum, "Models and
Methods: Exploring the Promise of New Directions and Practices in K-12
Education," will be presented by the Finlandia University Office of the President
on Wednesday, June 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Finnish American
Heritage Center. The forum is presented in conjunction with FinnFest USA 2013
Participants in the full-day forum will learn about the
features of the Finnish educational system, which has garnered numerous
international accolades over the past decade.
The Forum is anchored by Finland's leading education change
activist, Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, author of the book, "Finnish Lessons: What can the
world learn from educational change in Finland?" Additional nation-leading thinkers
and practitioners from within Finland's school system and teacher education
programs will participate in the forum and in other related FinnFest
Sahlberg's keynote address, June 19 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.,
is open to the public. The remainder of the forum is for education professionals and by invitation only.
"The forum intends to advance critical reflection on matters
relevant and helpful to education professionals," says Finlandia president
Philip Johnson. "It will bring together leading voices from Finland, Michigan,
and elsewhere to discuss K-12 educational models and pedagogical methods that
are making a difference today."
Complementing the June 19 education forum are three
presentations on June 20 and June 21 at area schools. Open to all FinnFest
registrants and forum participants, these events will explore topics such as
Finnish high school design and a typical day in a Finnish elementary school.
For more information, visit www.finnfestusa2013.org or call
Finlandia's Office of the President at 906-487-7201.