Learn. Lead. Innovate.

Learn. Lead. Innovate

tiistai 25. marraskuuta 2014

keskiviikko 5. marraskuuta 2014

Finland, Muurame and senior high school

Here is my PowerPoint presentation for our Dutch visitors. Dutchmen were primary and secondary teachers, vocational education teachers, UAS teachers and their teacher trainers from Stenden University of Applied Sciences Netherlands www.stenden.com

torstai 23. lokakuuta 2014

Perspective on Finnish Education by Amy & Kia

                                         The symbol of the teachers in United States is apple

Tift College of Education in Mercer University (Georgia U.S.A) researchers Amy Bagby and Kia James visited Jyväskylä area schools. Focus was all level K-12 schools and at least the Institute of Educational Leadership in Jyväskylä University. Researchers wanted to gain better understanding of the Finnish education system. The information they gathered from this research will be used to make recommendations for policy change in the United States. Amy and Kia observed classrooms with a primary focus on teachers and their actions. Researchers worked hard and visited in three days – 8 different schools and lot of staff!

-Muurame Senior High school – Principal Aki Puustinen

-Institute of Educational Leadership Jyväskylä Uni – Lecturer Jerker Polso

-Nisulanmäki Junior High School – Principal Minna Kalakari

-Mäkelänmäki Elementary School – Principal Kari Heikkilä

-State's Teacher Training school – Councellor Hanna Närhi

-Pre school

-Voionmaa Senior High School – Councellor Timo Ilomäki, Principal Seppo Haavisto and vice Principal Sirkka Ruuhonen

-Cygnaeus Senior High School – Principal Ari Pokka

                       Amy, Kia & Merjo are discussing evaluation and Finnish assessments

sunnuntai 5. lokakuuta 2014

Creating entrepreneurial DNA through education

How we can create entrepreneurship through the education system?

A group of 26 Colombian University Professors and Deans of few Colombian Universities, and some Colombian Government representatives visited our school and Muurame community.  Professors wanted to see how entrepreneurship studies and entrepreneurial attitude can be spread also to the elementary schools and smaller pupils.


Last year we had certain entrepreneurship year in all our community’s  schools. We had training camp to K-12 and later to teachers. Every school level went through same kind of “BusinessCamp”.  Pupils, students and teachers and principals trained same kind of studies :

1.       Team learning / build a team and work with it

2.       Project learning / real project and implementation

3.       Technology included / iPads in presentations

4.       Creativity tasks / baking cakes together

5.       Joy and laugh

Building up and implementing entrepreneurial DNA and culture

tiistai 17. kesäkuuta 2014

Buenos Aires MoE meets our students

Buenos Aires MoE delegation and our students

We were honoured to get visitors from Buenos Aires Ministry of Education. Argentina delegation was interested in several perspectives in Finnish education :

1.      Inclusion and social equity

2.      Primary education

3.      Upper secondary education

4.      Finnish educational system success

5.      Curriculum development and assessment

6.      Reform and change management

7.      Career guidance and navigation

8.      Teacher education

9.      Entrepreneurial education

10.  Use of technologies in education

11.  Seeing schools in action

                                                               Mercedes de Miguel

Mercedes de Miguel is the Director General of Education Planning for the Education Ministry in the City of Buenos Aires. Her duty is to improve education quality through pedagogic innovation and constant improvement of student’s learning.

Mercedes with her team plans, develops and implements education policy for the 1.200 schools, 370.000 students and 70.000 teachers of City of Buenos Aires. Depending directly on the Education Minister, the area has a broad perspective of the city´s education. 

As a General Director she develops the following tasks: 
-Designs and implement curriculum for all the levels of education in the City of Buenos Aires.
-Develops strategies and implement actions to integrate education and learning processes of education institutions to digital culture.
-Elaborates and provides with pedagogic resources pursuing quality education in every school.
-Plans and implement strategic educational policies for teacher training development and teaching and learning of foreign languages in the educational system with English as a second language compulsory from 1st grade in every public school.
-Focuses on ever student learning improvement.

 Mercedes is currently leading the reform of the city´s secondary level curriculum which is the first in its history. The New Secondary School puts students in the center of education policy. The curriculum is based in learning competencies and character development for XXI century students.

                                              Our trained and skilled student guides