Finnish Educators Visit SDPC

"Finnish Strong:" Lessons from World Education Leaders
Posted on 12/05/2019
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December 5-14, fourteen professors from the Oulu University Teacher Training School in Finland will be in the School District of Pickens County to exchange knowledge about education. During the visit, our guests will tour schools to learn more about the U.S. education system and innovations here in Pickens County, and they will lead professional development sessions for our faculty.

On Monday night (Dec. 9) at 6:00 p.m., our guests will present at a forum, Finnish Strong: Lessons from World Education Leaders, about ways that U.S. and Finnish educators can learn from each other. The event will be held at the Liberty High School Auditorium and is open to the public. 

SDPC's partnership with Finnish educators began in 2018, when Superintendent Danny Merck participated in #SC2Finland, a group of 23 South Carolina leaders who visited the country to learn more about their education system, which consistently ranks among the top performing in the world. Among the innovations Dr. Merck brought back from the trip was "Finnish Fridays," a scheduling change to allow students more time to play and refocus their energies for learning which gained attention from parents, educators, and media locally and internationally. Positive feedback about Dr. Merck's lessons learned from Finland led to a second trip by a group of SDPC teachers and administrators to Oulu, Finland this year, and led to this week's visit, organized by Tammy Durham, our Coordinator of Professional Learning.