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NSW Government Chief Scientist & Engineer
Guest Speaker - Professor David Currow

Dr Pasi Sahlberg, Gonski Institution for Education

Pasi has an extensive career in education, from teaching mathematics and science in Helsinki, to educating teachers and leaders, to serving the World Bank and the European Commission as an education expert. He chairs the Open Society Foundations’ Global Education Board and is a member of the Governing Board of Finland’s University of Oulu, and the International Council of Education Advisors for the Scottish Government. His recent books are Hard Questions on Global Educational Change, Empowered Educators in Finland and FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education.

His book, Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland, won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world.

Pasi is a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017.


The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
invites you to the Science & Research Breakfast Seminar

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Dr Pasi Sahlberg

'Finnish Lessons: Increasing Equity and Opportunity in Australia’s Education System through Research'

NSW Government Chief Scientist & Engineer

In late 2001, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment survey first brought Finland to the world’s attention. This small Scandinavian country of five million people placed in the top five nations for mathematics and science, and in pole position for reading.

The Finnish education system was, and is, very different. Formal schooling doesn’t start until age seven, its highly autonomous teachers each have a master's degree and standardised testing is minimised. To Finnish education expert Dr Pasi Sahlberg, that’s a far cry from the pressure-cooker situation in Australia, where NAPLAN and ATAR are king.

The former Director General of the Finnish education system arrived in Australia only last month, to take up a position at UNSW’s Gonski Institute for Education. His mission: to address the growing inequality in our schools, particularly those in remote, rural parts of Australia.

Learn more about Dr Pasi Sahlberg’s vision when he presents: Finnish Lessons: Increasing Equity and Opportunity in Australia’s Education System through Research.

NSW Parliament

The 2018 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers' Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney.

Where: Parliament House of NSW. Entry via Macquarie Street, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Time: Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am. Seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.

RSVP: Friday 23 November 2018

To register: Please click here and follow the links.

For further information email or call (02) 9338 6617.

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