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ICSL Collaborative Learning Expedition' 2020

Expedition' 2020



24TH - 29TH MAY 2020


“To inspire, enrich, and empower school leaders”

Why Finland ?

Finland has become a popular destination for school leaders across the World, including India. There is a lot we can learn from a school education system that has consistently performed well in standardized international assessments such as PISA. The aim is not to replicate the system in India, because that may not be possible. The real aim for studying an education system is to identify the aspects of their foundations, thoughts, strategies, and actions that can be adopted and adapted to improve school education in India.



Intensive and Comprehensive Learning Program

The primary objective of the learning expedition is to create an Indiacentric Implementation plan of adaptable strengths of the Finnish Education System.


The 30-member delegation will study, observe, and discuss various aspects of the Finnish Education System and jointly prepare the implementation plan which will be circulated to all the 300+ members of ICSL.



  • Focused Discussion Presentations by Experts From National Education Agency and University of Helsinki

  • 5 School Visits covering 5 school leadership domains | Principal’s Presentation, Classroom observation, Discussions with Students, Teachers and Parents

  • Delegate Round Table Sessions to Consolidate and Synthesize Learning | 2 hours end of day session to consolidate learnings, 4 hours end of expedition session to prepare India Implementation Plan.

  • Full Day Visit to Huereka Science Center | Get amazed and inspired by an overwhelming collection of scientific experiments and experiences to build scientific temper


  • Finnish Education System -Structure, National Curriculum Policy 2016, Historical and Social Influences

  • Teacher Recruitment and Training

  • Pedagogical Approach in Finnish Schools

  • Assessment in Finnish Schools

Finnish Education System

  • The structure of the Finnish Education System

  • National curriculum framework 2016

  • Regulation and control mechanisms

  • Role and functions of the national bodies, district administration, and school management.

  • Impact of Finland’s volatile and war-laden history on education.

  • Influence of Finnish society and culture on its education policy and management

  • The future outlook of the education sector

  • The administration and management of a typical Finnish school.

  • Nature and processes of decisions made by the school administration and management.

  • The powers, roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities of the school leaders.

Teacher Recruitment and Training

  • Social status and career progression of the teaching profession

  • Responsibilities and accountabilities of the teachers

  • Pre-service training, Recruitment, and In-service training of teachers

  • Teacher assessment and evaluation

Learning Pedagogies and Processes: Teacher-Student Interaction

  • Design and implementation of “Phenomenon based learning” activities

  • Other pedagogical styles used by Finnish teachers: Lectures, activitybased, demonstrations, etc

  • “Rote-learning” in Finnish schools

  • Engaging students in learning activities

  • Using “nature” as a learning tool

  • Helping slow learners or challenged students

  • Support for gifted students

  • Use of technology to enhance learning


Assessment: Effective and Stress-free

  • Stress-free assessment

  • Assessment of learning [Summative Assessment]

  • Assessment for learning [Formative Assessment]

  • Use of technology in assessment

  • Dealing with ‘failures”

  • Collecting, collating, and using assessment data

  • Standardized assessment at the national level

  • Internal assessment

  • Formal vs Informal assessment

Learnings through


School In Action

Principal's Presentation [30 mins]

School Observation [30 mins]

Take a tour of the school to observe the environment and culture of the school. This may involve observing:

  • The space and infrastructure

  • Classrooms, labs, music rooms, gym, corridors, play areas

  • Body language of students as they interact with peers or teachers

Student Interaction [30 mins]

2 groups of 7 delegates each will interact with 5-6 students to understand their perspective on the environment and culture of their school. Specifically, we are seeking their perspectives on aspects covered in the presentation or observed during the school tour.

Teacher Interaction [30 mins]

2 groups of 7 delegates each will Interact with 2-3 teachers to understand their perspective on the environment and culture of the school. Specifically, we are seeking their perspectives on aspects covered in the presentation or observed during the school tour.

  • The process followed by schools to customize the curriculum to meet the needs of the municipality and their students.

  • Roles of various stakeholders in designing the school curriculum.

  • The process of curating or creating the content for various subjects.

Curriculum and Content in Finnish Schools

  • Physical and emotional safety and security

  • Learning culture: curiosity, creativity, communication, etc.

  • Social and moral values

  • Interventions for helping students deal with anxiety, bullying,pregnancies, rapes, violence

Environment and Culture of Finnish Schools

  • Implementation of “phenomenonbased learning” across different subjects

  • Using nature as a pedagogical tool to engage learners

  • Other effective pedagogical practices popular in Finnish schools

  • Formative assessment across subjects and grades

  • Summative assessment

  • Using assessment data for student learning

Learning and Assessment in Finnish Schools

  • Typical interactions of various stakeholders (municipal education board, school leadership, teachers, students, parents, community members).

  • Interaction of teachers with other teachers as well as other stakeholders on a regular basis.

  • Role of parents and the community in the education of the child

  • How are various person-to-person interactions made more effective

  • Decision making process to identify the technology tools that a school wishes to use to enhance learning or increase effectiveness of school management.

  • Funding of technology led initiatives

  • Outlooks and expectations of teachers, students and parents towards use of technology in schoolsl

Use of Technology in Finnish Schools

People Management and Developmenting

Learnings through


Program Wrap-up and India Implementation Plan

Learnings and Experiences of the Day (Everyday Session)

This is by far the most crucial segment of the learning expedition. During this session, we will analyze and synthesize our learning and experiences to create an actionable implementation plan for our schools.


The session flow will be as follows:


  • Group level discussions to identify 3-4 actionable points in each of the 5 leadership domains; [60 mins]

  • Group presentations [60 mins]

  • Discussions and Deliberations [60 mins]·

  • Final list of action points with outline of implementation plan [60 mins]

The objective of this session is to:

  • Discuss the learnings from each session

  • Identify adaptable aspects for our schools

  • Identify the aspects for which we need to seek evidence during school visits

  • Identify the aspects for which we need to study the school level implementation, challenges, and solutions

The session will consist of 4 parts:

  • Part 1: Group level analysis [30 mins]

  • Part 2: Group presentations [40 mins]

  • Part 3: Synthesis [30 mins]

  • Part 4: Preparation for school visits [20 mins]

Heureka Science Center

“Science in action” is the best way to describe HSC. It is a collection of scientific installations, activities, and experiments that will bring out the scientific temper in every individual irrespective of their age. You can record videos or take photos to capture ideas that you may want to implement in your school.


Sunday, 24th May 2020

Departure from Delhi Airport Arrival at Vantaa Airport, Helsinki Transport to Hotel & Check-in

Monday, 25th May 2020

9:00 AM       Workshops with experts

11:00 AM     Lunch

12:00 PM     Workshop continues

4:00 PM       Round Table 1: Learnings from Workshop

6:00 PM       Leisure time

7:30 PM       Dinner

Tuesday, 26th May 2020

8:30 AM       School Visit 1

11:00 AM     Lunch at School 1

12:00 PM     School Visit 2

4:00 PM       Round Table 2: Learnings from school visits                    of the day

6:00 PM       Leisure time

7:30 PM       Dinner

Wednesday, 27th May 2020

8:30 AM      School Visit 3

11:00 AM    Lunch at School 3

12:00 PM    School Visit 4

4:00 PM      Round Table 3: Learnings from school visits                     of the day

6:00 PM      Leisure time

7:30 PM      Dinner

Thursday, 28th May 2020

8:30 AM       School Visit 5

11:00 AM     Lunch at School 5

12:00 PM     Round Table 4: India Implementation Plan

6:00 PM       Leisure time / City Tour followed by Dinne

Friday, 29th May 2020

10:00 AM     Huereka Science Center

4:00 PM       Leisure time

6:00 PM       Leave for Airport


The learning expedition is been organised on a no-profit no-loss basis. The total expense of the delegation is distributed among all delegates.

Program Fee of Rs. 1,80,000 includes:

  • Delhi-Helsinki-Delhi Economy Class Air Ticket

  • Double Occupancy Accommodation at Holiday Inn, Vantaa, Helsinki [To upgrade to single occupancy, add Rs. 12000]

  • Local Transport, City Tour, All Meals

  • Expert Fees, School Visit Fees

  • Heureka Visit Fee

  • Venue Rentals for Round Tables

The fee does not include Visa fee.

Pay 25% advance at the time of registration

Pay 75% balance by 30th April 2020


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