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Monday, April 10 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Making a big difference with ‘small data’

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Education is turning the corner as system and school leaders move away from the almost singular focus on big data. From international benchmarking such as PISA to national and system-level assessments, policy-makers should now consider a new approach. This session will illustrate how ‘big data’ analysis alone without small data leads to unintended outcomes in policy-making and practice. Examples will include efforts of school systems where much broader sets of information are analyzed and used to guide the work of the school. For example in Finland, a central element of each school is a “student welfare team” that is made of teachers, wellbeing specialists, counselors, and school leaders. Through these first-hand small data, early interventions to help students at risk are then decided and made in schools.

Speakers
avatar for Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, author and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has examined education systems around the world. His expertise includes school improvement,  international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, teacher education, and school leadership. He is the author of best-seller book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the... Read More →
avatar for Samu Seitsalo

Samu Seitsalo

Samu Seitsalo is Director of the Finnish National Agency for Education 


Monday April 10, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Van Horne Ballroom