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Technology, Funding Policies and Teacher Education Key Topics Discussed at Global Conference

Friday, 20 January 2012
Global conference on Technology, Funding policies and Teacher Education

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. A conference held at Stanford University on 17-18 January brought 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 addressed education reform through technology and social media, teacher preparation, curriculum and instruction, funding policy, and social supports. Participants also discussed how to set common objectives for future cooperation and knowledge sharing between Finnish and American stakeholders. The President of The Academy of Finland, Mr Markku Mattila, proposed a new type of cooperation in the field of educational sciences with the National Science Foundation. Whilst, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General of the OECD, talked about the indicators and change factors in OECD’s PISA research.

Discussion on the same topics in education and learning continued at a researchers' workshop at Stanford on Thursday 19 January.The conference was organized by H-STAR Institute (Stanford University), CICERO Learning Network (University of Helsinki), the Finnish Consulate General in Los Angeles, and Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).

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