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Finnish Education Forum

June 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Finnish American Heritage Center


FinnFest Education Forum

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 presentations.

FinnFest Education ForumSahlberg'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 or call Finlandia's Office of the President at 906-487-7201.