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FINLAND: The Country of Educational Innovation
Global Education Allies invites all interested educators to Finland to explore the educational system that has astounded many with its top performing scores, yet boasts an approach to schooling that some call “unorthodox” with its high level of trust, no standardized tests until age 18, shorter school days and minimal pressure to perform. The Finnish school system has been in the limelight ever since the first results of the PISA surveys (conducted every three years by the OECD) put Finland at or near the top in reading, math and science -- right next to the Asian super achievers. This educational excursion will give participants an inside look and the chance to observe the Finnish education system on many levels, ask questions of experts and make connections with local K-12 educators and administrators.
MAIN PROGRAM DETAILS
Educators and guests will work directly with Finnish educators in establishing lasting partnerships with local schools, while also discovering the rich history and culture of the Baltic region.
The main program will include the following:
Visit a variety of Finnish schools and the University of Helsinki Teacher Education Department to learn why Finland ranks among the highest in the world in education
Stay with Finnish host families to get an in-depth cultural experience
Meet many Finnish educators to exchange ideas and to create classroom-to- classroom or school-to-school partnerships
Explore a new educational nature center in the forest
Visit the Design District, the famous Farmers Market, and an island fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Helsinki
Experience a traditional Finnish sauna on a lake
All full-time educators and administrators as well as student teachers may apply. All participants may have the possibility of bringing 1-2 guests, depending on availability of spaces.
MAIN PROGRAM OPTIONS
Ready to discover Finland's innovative educational system? A group for just educators ready to discover what Scandinavia has to offer.
August 1-6 (5 nights)
2 nights in Helsinki
2 nights with a Finnish host family
1 night at a Finnish lake cabin
EDUCATORS & GUESTS
Educators are invited to bring a guest to join them on their Scandinavian adventure. Guests will have the option to participate in other activities during educational visits.
Educators + Guest Group:
June 15-20 (5 nights)
3 nights in Helsinki
2 nights at a Finnish lake resort
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