The Finnish Advantage

Presented by Eric Whitney, Gerstacker Fellow 2013

Understanding the success of Finnish education

The term "Finnish Advantage" is borrowed from a chapter title of Pasi Salburg's celebrated book, Finnish Lessons. It speaks to how the Finns have captured the world's attention by consistently ranking number one or two on every Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test since 2000. Yet Finnish students spend less time in school and do less homework than those in most other countries. So what is the secret to this Finnish Advantage? Join me for an interactive and informative presentation to explore what makes the top-performing Finnish education system different from all the rest and to discover what lessons we can can apply to our own districts, schools, and classrooms.

The Finnish Advantage

Wednesday, Aug. 21st 2013 at 7pm

62300 Jewell Rd

Washington, MI

Romeo Education and Technology Center


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About Eric Whitney

I currently serve as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Romeo Community Schools. During my 18-year educational career, I have been a world language teacher, principal and curriculum director. I am a 2013 Gerstacker Fellow at Saginaw Valley State University, studying issues in educational leadership. As a Gerstacker Fellow, I spent time in Finland learning about the successes of the country's education system. I enjoy sharing the knowledge gained from this experience with others in order to help propel our own ideas about teaching and learning toward higher levels of excellence.