University of Alaska Southeast School of Education invites you to a special event on Monday, April 3rd


The UAS School of Education invites you to a reception and presentation by Dr. Tuija Turunen titled, It's not a miracle: Teacher education and teaching in Finland. The reception will offer light refreshments and begin at 5:30 pm and the presentation will follow at 6:00 pm on Monday, April 3rd.

For those of you able to join us in person:

  • The event will be held on the UAS campus in Egan Lecture Hall 112
  • Space is limited to the first 150 to register
  • Please RSVP at

For those of you unable to join us in person:

  • The event will be streamed in Zoom beginning at 6:00 pm (UTC-8)
  • Please register for the Zoom at
  • You must register for the event to receive the Zoom link

Dr. Turunen is Dean and Professor at the University of Lapland and UArctic Chair in Education for Social Justice and Diversity. Her presentation will describe Finland's approach to teacher education and working conditions and support for teachers in the classroom. While many have described Finland's internationally recognized educational success in recent decades as a "miracle," it is anything but that. Rather, Finland has applied research-based best practices in teacher preparation and in education, and implemented a schooling system in which teachers are trusted as professionals who are competent in both teaching and in assessing learning. Join us to learn more about Finland's system and the lessons we might take for improving teaching and learning in Alaska.

To learn more about Dr. Turunen's research and work, please visit her research website. Dr. Turunen's visit to Alaska grew out of a collaboration with Dr. Diane Hirshberg, Professor and Director of UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). The US Embassy in Helsinki, Finland provided financial support to bring Dr. Turunen to Alaska.