Microsoft Summer Institute

Welcome to International Summer Institute, Finland in May 24th–26th, 2016!

This is the first in the series of annual international events planned to bring together decision makers and educational leaders to share and learn about education transformation facilitated by Microsoft’s global digitalization teams and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning specialists.

What will you experience during the event?
The event is built on world class expert keynotes by Professor Michael Fullan, Microsoft Worldwide Education VP Anthony Salcito and Ministry of Education and Culture and The Board of Education of Finland.

  • Education transformation – from Policy to action
  • How Finnish education is rethinking assessment, curriculum and technology with Deep Learning pedagogies
  • Leading Smart Cities and Showcase Schools
  • Collaboration, Communication and the power of digital devices and services to enable transformation
  • Innovative learning spaces and environments
  • Change management and professional development for Leaders and Educators
  • Administration and Learning analytics to enable Personalized learning
  • How Finnish Education is developing local capacity with Private and Public Partnership with education startups in action and Entrepreneurship programs for schools
  • Pre-event is held May 24th the Finnish National Board of Education, Helsinki
  • The main event is held May 25th-26th at Microsoft Talo, Espoo, nearby Helsinki

The Finnish National Board of Education welcomes everyone to the event

"In Finland we are transforming learning for the student’s wellbeing and brighter future. 21st Century skills are in the center of the transformation with New Pedagogies and digital leap. Welcome to Finland to learn and share together!"

Aulis Pitkälä, General Director of Finnish National Board of Education

Finnish National Board of Education

Aulis Pitkälä

The Finnish National Board of Education will be hosting the pre-event on May 24th

Education Helping Humanity Change the World

"We are learning how to transform entire education systems for Deep Learning by mobilizing 'the middle' (municipalities, districts, networks) to provide leadership in partnership with local schools and with government. Insights about how to fundamentally change the learning experience of students, teachers and others are emerging from our work with school systems around the world. Finland is at the forefront of this transformation."

Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Michael Fullan

Why Finland?

Finland is a leader in education innovation. 300 visitor group visit Finland annually to learn about the high performing education system.

  • The country needed to transform due to a lag in digitalization and business of schools, desire for personalized learning for skills needed in the changing economy, and a drive to cut costs in education.
  • Finland's new curriculum focuses on skills including coding
  • Government has placed education transformation within the country's top 5 priorities

Read more about Finland »
Education in Finland »

School systems are faced with both a challenge and an extraordinary opportunity

The Microsoft Education Transformation Framework helps fast track system-wide transformation by summarizing decades of quality research.
See more in this brochure

Ten critical components of school transformation

Interested in taking the next step on your transformation journey?

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