The Annual Conference on Progressive Education is Israel's largest of its kind. Celebrating its 10th anniversary on May 7, the organizer Kibbutzim College has invited Pasi Sahlberg (Finland) as keynote speaker. Finnish education is highly valued internationally and Israeli professionals are also interested to learn from the Finnish success story. To facilitate this process Pasi Sahlberg's book Finnish Lessons has now been translated into Hebrew and will be released at the conference in Tel Aviv.
The central theme this year says Prof. Nimrod Aloni, conference director, is Educational Leadership – teachers' empowerment and education for a culture of peace and shared life. Some 1000 participants are expected to attend from schools, teacher training colleges and universities. Each year the conference attracts the best of Israeli educators as well as scientists, artists, academicians and philosophers. Some of the speakers from past conferences have included Noble laureates, heads of state, academia and the arts.
Pasi Sahlberg PhD, former director general of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility) at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, is currently visiting professor of practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. His book Finnish Lessons – What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? is a first hand, comprehensive account of how Finland built a world-class education. The book details the complexity of educational change and encourages educators and policymakers to develop effective solutions for their own districts and schools.
Israeli educational institutions have long lasting contacts with the Finnish Education system, from visiting delegations to an exchange of lectures and students. A Discussion Forum was established by the Kibbutzim College and Municipality education departments supported by the embassy, to continue the dialogue on education between the two countries.
For more conference information and registration: http://www.myreg.co.il/smkb2014/