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OISE presents the R.W.B. Jackson Lecture: Why the quality of Finland’s education system can exceed the quality of its teachers

April 10, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto presents the annual R.W.B. Jackson Lecture: Why the quality of Finland’s education system can exceed the quality of its teachers, with Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

The quality of teaching and educational change are major areas of public concern in Canada and around the world. Today many governments in search of a panacea to improve educational performance turn to teachers, believing that if only they could attract ‘the best and the brightest’ into the teaching profession, the quality of education would get better. In this year’s R.W.B. Jackson Lecture, Dr. Pasi Sahlberg argues that having better teachers in schools will not automatically improve students’ learning outcomes and that teachers alone cannot overcome the societal issues affecting children’s opportunities to learn. Following a brief introduction to teacher policies in Finland, Dr. Sahlberg puts forward an intriguing question: Why the quality of Finland’s education system can exceed the quality of its teachers.

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. He 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. He is a former Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Helsinki and currently a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

EVENT DETAILS:

WHAT:   OISE presents the R.W.B. Jackson Lecture: Why the quality of Finland’s education system can exceed the quality of its teachers

WHEN:   Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Live webcast: https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/OISE

WHERE: Isabel Bader Theatre, 92 St. Charles Street West, Toronto

For more information and to reserve a seat, please contact: Steve Robinson at 416-978-0008 or 647-515-8752 or U of T Media Relations at 416-978-0100. RSVP by Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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