Pasi Sahlberg, from Oulu, Finland started teaching in Teacher Training School at the University of Helsinki in 1986. He then moved to the Ministry of Education in 1991 to serve as Senior Advisor in science education, Head of the School Improvement Unit, and later as Counsellor to the Deputy Director General on education policy development and education reform. In 2000 he was invited to take the leadership of the Centre for School Development in the University of Helsinki. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Oulu.
From 2003 he has worked as Senior Education Specialist in the World Bank in Washington, DC. He was responsible for education projects and analytical work in Europe and Central Asia. Since June 2007 he has worked with the European Training Foundation, in Torino, Italy, as Lead Education Specialist producing intellectual services to improve education policies and practices.
In his current job as Director General of CIMO (National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) Dr. Sahlberg works with the Finnish Government to promote internationalization and tolerance, creativity and global ethics in Finnish society through mobility and institutional cooperation in education, culture, youth and sport.
Dr. Sahlberg has published several books – his latest is Finnish lessons – what can the world learn from educational change in Finland. Teachers College Press New York 2011
From 2004 to 2009, he was convenor of the collaborative research network on Learners, Learning and Teaching, part of the £2 million Applied Educational Research Scheme funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council (see www.aers.ac.uk).
He was previously director and principal investigator of a project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council's Teaching and Learning Research Programme, concerned with supporting collaborative group work in Scottish primary schools (www.groupworkscotland.org).
He has recently been involved in research associated with the Curriculum for Excellence; the potential of Philosophy with Children as a means of fostering effective collaborative dialogue.
Professor Christie was centrally involved in the construction of the new framework of standards for the teaching profession in Scotland, having been a co-author of the Benchmark Standard for Initial Teacher Education published in 2000 and a member of the team, which researched and created the Standard for Chartered Teacher published in 2002.
From 1998 to 2002 Professor Christie was Editor of the Scottish Educational Review, and from 2001 to 2003 was President of the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA). He has represented SERA on the Council of the European Educational Research Association.