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Finnish lessons for Hawai'i by Dr. Pasi Sahlberg

November 14, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
West Oʻahu Campus, Campus Center Multipurpose Room C-208

UH West O‘ahu to host Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Pasi Sahlberg of Finland. Internationally renowned education expert to discuss “Finnish lessons for Hawai‘i.”

The internationally renowned education scholar will travel to the Islands to discuss the story of education reform in Finland and how these lessons might inspire new policy and practice in Hawai‘i.

During his presentation, Sahlberg will address topics from Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? including Finnish schools’ focus on equity over excellence, and how the Finnish education system was reformed from one much like the United States, to one that views education as “an instrument to even out social inequality.” Dr. Pasi Sahlberg’s presentation is made possible by the UH West O‘ahu Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, the University of Hawai‘i Diversity and Equity Initiative, and offered in partnership with the Consulate of Finland and the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS). He will also speak at an HAIS event on Nov. 18. For more information, visit

Pasi Sahlberg has lived and worked in England (King’s College), the United States (World Bank in Washington D.C.) and Italy (European Training Foundation in Torino) and worked in 50 countries around the world. He earned his PhD from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland in 1996 and was an invited speaker at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Vanderbilt University and Parliament Houses in England, Scotland, New Zealand and the European Union.

Sahlberg is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in education, and member of the Advisory Board of the Center on International Education Benchmarking, as well as Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu.

His book Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? (2011) won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award, the 2012 Education Award in Finland, and 2011 Upton Sinclair Award in the United States. He is also known as an international “school improvement activist” because of his direct links to practitioners and their communities. For more information, visit

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free and open to the public with free on-campus parking

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Education Department, West Oʻahu Campus

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