The New Book: In Teachers We Trust

In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools hits bookstores on March 23, 2021, but you can pick up a copy now! Get it directly from my publisher and use the promo code ITWT21 for FREE SHIPPING!*

In the spring of 2018, thousands of teachers across the United States—in states like Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona—walked off their jobs while calling for higher wages and better working conditions. Ultimately, these American educators trumpeted a simple request: treat us like professionals. Teachers in many other countries feel the same way as their U.S. counterparts.

In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools presents a compelling vision, offering practical ideas for educators and school leaders wishing to develop teacher-powered education systems. In Teachers We Trust reveals why teachers in Finland hold high status and what the country’s trust-based school system looks like in action.

Pasi Sahlberg and I suggest seven key principles for building a culture of trust in schools around the world:

– Educate teachers to think
– Mentor the next generation
– Free within a framework
– Cultivate responsible learners
– Play as a team
– Share the leadership
– Trust the process

In our book, we illustrate what these principles look like in practice, including offering clinical training for future teachers, encouraging student agency, and fostering a collaborative professionalism among educators.

PRAISE FOR In Teachers We Trust:

In Teachers We Trust powerfully documents how trusting students, teachers, and schools can radically improve education outcomes and student and teacher well-being.”—Tony Wagner, best-selling author of Creating Innovators

“This book is powerful, thought-provoking, uplifting—& sad. Its timing is spot-on.”—Carol Ann Tomlinson, EdD, author of The Differentiated Classroom

“[A] must-read for educators who are ready to shift school cultures from ones driven by fear and accountability to ones that foster trust and true academic engagement for children and staff.”—Mike Anderson, award-winning teacher, educational consultant, and author of What We Say and How We Say It Matter

In Teachers We Trust arrives in all major bookstores, including Amazon, on March 23, 2021. If you want it now, you can get it directly from our publisher; use the promo code ITWT21 for FREE SHIPPING!*

You can read a sample chapter of In Teachers We Trust here.

My co-author, Pasi Sahlberg, is a Finnish educator who has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher-educator, and policymaker in Finland and advised national education reforms around the world. Pasi has published over 100 articles and books about education and school improvement. His bestseller, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? has contributed to better understanding Finland’s education system. He is a recipient of several education awards, including the 2013 Grawemeyer Award and the 2016 Lego Prize. Pasi is professor of education policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

*This offer is only available to U.S.-based customers through March 22, 2021.

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