STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In almost every conversation on education reform these days, Finland's education system inevitably comes up. "Finlandophilia," as one reporter called it, is growing because of the country's top-ranking status on international tests, among other measures, and because this success comes through very different policies and practices than those that are the norm in the United States.
An upcoming conference at Stanford brings together academic and policy experts from the United States and Finland to identify effective policy and practice approaches to create high quality education for all learners. Leading researchers, practitioners, administrators and policymakers from the two countries will address education reform through technology and social media, teacher preparation, curriculum and instruction, funding policy, and social supports. Participants will also discuss how to set common objectives for future cooperation and knowledge sharing between Finnish and American stakeholders.
Preceding the conference will be a lecture and book signing by Pasi Sahlberg, author of the recent book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? The lecture will be moderated by Stanford University professor and Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education co-director Linda Darling-Hammond, who has written extensively on the subject as well.
The lecture takes place Tuesday, January 17, from noon-2 p.m. at Stanford University, CERAS 100B. The conference follows in the same location, beginning at 4 p.m. on January 17 and throughout the day on Wednesday, January 18. The conference is free for students and open to the general public with a sliding-scale fee (see details below).
Below is a list of speakers; the conference schedule is posted at http://www.cicero.fi/sivut2/events_ELGW2012_programme.html. Participants will be available to talk with reporters throughout the conference and by arrangement.
The lecture is sponsored by Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and SCANCOR. The conference is sponsored by H-STAR Institute (Stanford University), CICERO Learning Network (University of Helsinki), the Finnish Consulate General in Los Angeles, and SCOPE.
|When:||January 17 (4:00pm-7:30pm) & January 18 (8:30am-6:30pm), 2012|
|Where:||Stanford University; CERAS Building, room 100B, 520 Galvez Mall|
|Cost:||$40 (basic); $100 (full, includes a tour and dinner at the Computer History Museum)|
Questions: Adelaide Dawes, 650-924-0144
Kathryn Baron, Co-Writer, Thoughts on Public Education, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Jo Boaler, Professor of Education, Stanford University
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommon Professor of Education at Stanford University and Co-Director of SCOPE
Keith Devlin, Executive Director, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University
Cynthia Dion-Schwarz, Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, National Science Foundation
Pam Grossman, Nomellini Olivier Professor of Education, Stanford University
Esko Hamilo, Under-Secretary of State, External Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Karim Kai Ani, Founder, Mathalicious
Harri Ketamo, CTO, eedu ltd
Krista Kiuru, Minister of Housing and Communications, Finland
Ann Lieberman, Senior Scholar, SCOPE and Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University
Rachel Lotan, Professor of Education, Stanford University
Theresa Maldonado, Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers, National Science Foundation
Markku Mattila, President, Academy of Finland
Dan Meyer, Stanford University doctoral student, former high school math teacher
Jari Multisilta, Professor, Director of CICERO Learning, University of Helsinki
Hannele Niemi, Professor, University of Helsinki
Renee Patton, Manager, U.S. Public Sector Director of Education, Cisco Systems
Eleanor Rieffel, Senior Research Scientist, FX Palo Alto Laboratory
Pasi Sahlberg, Director, CIMO (Center for International Mobility, Finland)
Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General of the OECD
Lee Shulman, Professor Emeritus of Education, Stanford University
Eero Silvennoinen, Director, Software and Telecommunications Technologies, Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
Claude Steele, Dean, Stanford School of Education
Henry Tirri, Executive Vice President and CTO, Nokia
Kirsi Tirri, Professor of Education, University of Helsinki
Kirsti Westphalen, Consul General of Finland