Finland Travel Program

Discover Finland’s Education System through the Teacher Leader Fellowship Program at ARAMFO Educational Foundation! Please read Dr. Betty Sternberg’s message below for more information on the program:

From April 13 – 20, 2024, we’re hosting an immersive travel experience in Finland tailored for preK-12 teachers, administrators, education board members, faculty from schools of education, and education specialists

The recent PISA and NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) results indicate that the education reforms initiated two decades ago, including No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race to the Top, haven’t yielded the anticipated outcomes. U.S. student scores on PISA remain concerning. Peggy G. Carr, Associate Commissioner of NAEP, highlighted the lack of national progress in both math and reading over the past decade, with the lowest-performing students showing a decline.

While some argue that these assessments do not encapsulate the entirety of the educational landscape, it’s imperative for us to ask ourselves why our past reforms haven’t significantly improved our students’ performance on these basic skills over the last 20 years.

These past five years we have been leading groups of teachers, teacher leaders, preK-12 administrators and professors of educational leadership to this country to get a sense of what they are doing – and it is starkly different from what we have instituted these past years.  

I cordially invite you to take part in this program to look at what Finland is doing and think through what elements of their approach you might adapt in your schools.   See how they train and treat their teachers as trusted professionals, see how they allow kids to be kids and give them the time and space to learn through play, see how they instill in their children a sense of responsibility and ownership of their work, see how they allow their teachers the time and space to thoughtfully and meaningfully develop curriculum and plan instruction — and see how they have NOT embraced tests, tests and more tests rendering school a place devoid of joy, creativity and a love of learning.  Yet see how well their students score on the most broadly accepted international assessment, PISA, while US students lag behind.    Below is an overview: 

WHERE:  Helsinki, Finland
WHEN:  April 13– April 20, 2024
WHAT: The itinerary The program entails visits to various educational landmarks in Finland and offers deep insights into their pedagogical methods. A detailed itinerary is available on the website for your perusal here

Should you have any questions or need further details, please don’t hesitate to reach out at I am excited about the possibility of exploring Finland’s educational landscape together.

Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education Annual Building Bridges Conference (Weston, MA)

MPDE is hosting their annual Building Bridges Conference on Friday, November 3, 2023. This fall, the theme is Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Building a Culture of Why. The conference will be held at Regis College Weston, MA 9:00 am -3:00 pm. Please note that the Member Rate is $75, with three seats included at NO Cost as part of membership.  The Non-Member Rate is $100.  *For Registration questions, please email You may register for the conference here.

Massachusetts Teacher STEM Fair (Foxborough, MA)

The Massachusetts Teacher STEM Fair is happening this Satuday September 30th, 2023 from 10am-1pm in the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Participants will be able to connect with state-wide STEM Organizations, engage in hands-on STEM lessons, and ignite their excitement for the future while networking with like-minded professionals.

To register please scan the QR code in the flyer below or fill out the form here. For further questions please contact Jenn Donais at


Presentation of Research Professor Zvi Bekerman


Prof. Zvi Bekerman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tuesday April 19, 7-9 pm, light refreshments will be served

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development,

105 College Ave, Medford, Curriculum Lab

Hosted by Prof. Marina Bers **

Prof. Bekerman will present the results of a long-term ethnographic study of the integrated bilingual Palestinian-Jewish schools in Israel that offer a new educational option to two groups of Israelis —Palestinians and Jews—who have been in conflict for the last one hundred years. Their goal is to create egalitarian bilingual multicultural environments to facilitate the growth of youth who can acknowledge and respect “others” while maintaining loyalty to their respective cultural traditions. The presentation reveals the complex school practices implemented while negotiating identity and culture in contexts of enduring conflict. We will explore the potential and limitations of peace education given the cultural resources, ethnic-religious affiliations, political beliefs, and historical narratives of the various interactants.

Zvi Bekerman teaches anthropology of education at the School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a faculty member at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. He is also an Associate Fellow at The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for The Advancement of Peace. His main interests are in the study of cultural, ethnic and national identity, including identity processes and negotiation during intercultural encounters in formal/informal learning contexts. He is interested in how concepts such as culture and identity intersect with issues of social justice, intercultural and peace education, and citizenship education. His recent work has examined the intersection between civic and religious epistemologies in educational contexts. In addition to publishing in a variety of academic journals, Bekerman is the founding editor of the refereed journal Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal. Among his most recent books: Psychologized language in education: Denaturalizing a regime of truth, (2017); The Promise of Integrated and Multicultural Bilingual Education: Inclusive Palestinian-Arab and Jewish Schools in Israel (2016), Teaching Contested Narratives Identity, Memory and Reconciliation in Peace Education and Beyond. (2012) Integrated Education in Conflicted Societies (2013).

**This event is supported by the American Engagement Network (AEN).