Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator and author. He has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher-educator, and policymaker in Finland, and he has advised education system leaders around the world. Pasi served as a senior education specialist at the World Bank (Washington, DC), lead education specialist at the European Training Foundation (Torino, Italy), director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education , and visiting professor at Harvard University. He is a recipient of several awards for his lifelong service in education, such as 2012 Education Award in Finland, 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, 2016 Lego Prize in Denmark, and 2021 Headley Beare Award in Australia. In 2013 his book “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the Grawemeyer Award in the United States for an idea that has potential to change the world. His most recent books include "Let the Children Play: For the Learning, Well-Being, and Life Success of Every Child" (2020, with William Doyle), and "In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish way to world-class schools" (2021,  with Tim Walker). He is currently Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Pasi lives in Melbourne with his wife and two sons.


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