Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Educational Policy, Deputy director, Gonski Institute for Education
Honorary Visiting Professor

Pasi Sahlberg has worked as schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has analysed education policies and advised education policymakers around the world. He has gained working knowledge in over 60 countries around the world as former senior education specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC, lead education specialist at the European Training Foundation, director general of the Ministry of Education in Finland, and a visiting professor at Harvard University. In Finland his career includes mathematics and science teacher and teacher educator at the University of Helsinki, Director of the Center for School Development at the Univeristy of Helsinki, Counsellor of Education at the Finnish National Board of Education, and Director General at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. He is recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, 2013 Grawemeyer Award in the U.S., the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize in Denmark, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in Italy in 2017. He has published widely in academic journals, professional magazines and public media about educational issue and is a member of several academic journal's editorial boards. Pasi has served as an advisor to the Minister of Education of Sweden (through the Swedish School Commission), the Minister of Education in Malta, Minister of Education in Finland,  and is currently advisor to the First Minister of Scotland (through International Council of Education Advisors). Most recent books include Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland(2015), Hard Questions on Global Educational Change(2017), FinnishED Leadership: Four big, inexpensive ideas to transform education(2018), and Let the Children Play! Why more play helps schools and children thrive(with William Doyle, 2019). He is adjunct professor at the University of Oulu and the University of Helsinki. Pasi is Finnish citizen now living with his family in Sydney, Australia.

Publications

Books
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Aho E; Pitkänen K; Sahlberg P, 2010, Policy development and reform principles of basic and secondary education in Finland since 1968,
2010
Book Chapters
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Sahlberg P, 2019, 'Equitable education in Australia: Empowering schools to lead the way', in Netolicky D; Andrews J; Paterson C (ed.), , Routledge, London, pp. 149 - 161,
2019
Sahlberg P, 2016, 'Education system where quality and equality go hand in hand', in , pp. 111–120 - 111–120,
2016
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'The role of international organisations in fighting education corruption', in , Sense Publishers, Brill,
2011
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'Educational progress in Finland and what can we learn from it', in Museum of Finnish Architecture, pp. 20–29 - 20–29,
2011
Sahlberg P, 2009, 'Learning first: School accountability for a sustainable society', in , Brill, pp. 1–22 - 1–22,
2009
Sahlberg P, 2009, 'The role of education in promoting creativity: potential barriers and enabling factors', in , OPOCE,
2009
Journal articles
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Sahlberg P, 2012, 'A Model lesson. Finland shows us how equal opportunity looks like', American Educator, vol. 36, pp. 20–27 - 20–27,
2012
Sahlberg P, 2012, 'Quality and equity in Finnish schools', School Administrator, September, vol. 2012, pp. 27–30 - 27–30,
2012
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'Lessons from Finland', American Educator, vol. 35, pp. 32–36 - 32–36,
2011
Reports
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Sahlberg P; Hyland A, 2019, The Structure of Teacher Education in Ireland: Review of Progress in Implementing Reform. Department of Education and Skills of Ireland,
2019
Sahlberg P; Munn P; Furlong J, 2014, Report of the International Review Panel on the Structure of Initial Teacher Education Provision in Ireland: Review Conducted on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills, Department of Education and Skills,
2014
Sahlberg P; Broadfoot P; Coolahan J; Furlong J; Kirk G, 2014, Aspiring to Excellence. Final Report of the International Review Panel on the Structure of Initial Teacher Education in Northern Ireland, Department of Employment and Learning,
2014
Sahlberg P, 2012, The Secret to Finland’s Success: Educating Teachers. Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education – Research Brief, September, Stanford University,
2012
Hargreaves A; Crocker R; Davis B; McEwen L; Sahlberg P; Shirley D; Sumara D, 2009, The learning mosaic: A multiple perspectives review of the Alberta initiative for school improvement, Alberta Education,
2009