Date: Monday, May 5, 2014 Time: 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (17:45 – 19:00 GMT or convert time) Location: World Bank J1-050 & Online
Finland is this decade's shiny icon of classroom success. Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland's school system has consistently come at the top of international rankings. Finland’s schools are publicly funded, homework is minimal, and compulsory schooling does not begin until age 7. The Finnish system draws teacher candidates from the top 10% of graduates, trains teachers well, and lets them design the curriculum around very lean national standards. What can other countries learn from Finland’s successes, and what challenges should they keep in mind?
Education Sector Manager, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
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2) How is the teaching staff selected in Finland and are there specific instruments to assess and reward outstanding teachers?
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