Let the Children Play: why more play will save our schools & help children thrive

Monday 28th October 2019

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As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day this year, Prof Pasi Sahlberg will focus on his latest research to be incorporated in a new book, as he presents on the topic Let the Children Play:  why more play will save our schools and help children thrive. Pasi’s premise in the book is that play is how children explore, discover, fail, succeed, socialize and flourish. So play is a fundamental element of the human condition and a key to giving schoolchildren skills they need to succeed including creativity, innovation, teamwork, focus, resilience, expressiveness, empathy, concentration and executive function. In the course of writing his book, Pasi travelled worldwide visiting schools and playgrounds, reviewed over 700 research studies, and conducted interviews with over 50 of the world’s leading authorities on education. In an era when policies based on standardized testing-and-punishment are failing to improve learning or reduce achievement gaps, Pasi’s new book reveals a striking vision of the ultimate effective education reform: letting children play.

In addition to Prof Sahlberg’s presentation, the Australian College of Educators Hills Parramatta Region celebrates World Teachers’ Day each year by inviting Principals to nominate exemplary teachers in their schools to receive an ACE World Teachers’ Day Certificate Award.

Guest Speaker

Professor Pasi Sahlberg, UNSW Professor of Educational Policy & Deputy director, Gonski Institute for Education

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as school teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world.

His book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank, a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation, a director general at Finland’s Ministry of Education, and a visiting Professor at Harvard University. He is a member of the Governing Board of the University of Oulu and the International Council of Education Advisors (ICEA) for the Scottish Government.

His recent books are “Hard Questions on Global Educational Change”, “Empowered Educators in Finland” and “FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education”. He is a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales.

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