Dara Khaalid

Out in Nature with Rudy Mancke

By Dara Khaalid

Rudy Mancke and production assistant Dara Khaalid

Being able to work with Rudy Mancke was an experience I will never forget! His wealth of knowledge and confidence in front of the camera was something that amazed me every hour that I spent with him. As an aspiring journalist, I am always looking for ways to improve my craft, and being in Mr. Mancke’s presence taught me some invaluable lessons.

Finland Parental Involvement

By Dara Khaalid

tour of Kalliola Schoo

Parent, Roope Kivekas, and a Kalliola school administratorexplain the differences in parent involvement at a Finnish school versus an American school. 

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Finland School Curriculum

By Dara Khaalid

The principal and administrator of Kalliola School

The Kalliola school’s principal and administrator explains a recent phenomenon-based lesson. The explanation speaks to the influence of modern design such as movable walls and open classroom spaces. These design consideration make the learning environment more conducive for implementing phenomenon-based lessons.

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Student Rewards and Homework

By Dara Khaalid

Roope Kivekas

Roope Kivekas, parent of two Kalliola school students, discusses student rewards for good performance and explains what homework looks like in a Finland school.

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Finnish Teacher and Student Engagement

By Dara Khaalid

Roope Kivekas

Roope Kivekas, parent of two Kalliola school students, discusses teacher and student engagement in the classroom. Additionally, he discusses how learning challenges are identified and the multitude of ways it can be addressed in a Finland school.

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Finnish Teacher Education Programs

By Dara Khaalid

Kati Mäkitalo, Oulu University College of Education Dean

Kati Mäkitalo, Oulu University College of Education Dean, discusses the curriculum of their teacher education program. The dean also touches on how difficult it is to gain acceptance in their teacher education programs.

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Intersections Between Education and Government

By Dara Khaalid

 Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister of Finland

Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister of Finland, talks about the connection between the Finnish education system and their government. The value of education is engrained in their national ethos and he states that there is really no other profession that is respected in Finland as much as the teacher.

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Finland and American School Comparisons

By Dara Khaalid

Taylor Elkins, Ouli University Global Education Master’s student

Taylor Elkins, a Global Education Master’s student at Oulu University, talks about the differences between teacher education programs in Finland and America. Her experience has led her to believe the essential difference can be found in Finland’s focus on the use of current research in the teacher education curriculum.

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User-Driven Design for Student Learning

By Dara Khaalid

Elise Tarvainem, Lahti University of Applied Sciences & ISKU Partnership Professor

Elise Tarvainem, Lahti University of Applied Sciences & ISKU Partnership Professor, describes the student union and its architectural features. She highlights the flexible workspaces, user-end design, and student voice and innovation.

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Finnish Daycare and Pre-School Services

By Dara Khaalid

Juhani Jarvi, Head of Daycare and Pre-School Services at Oulu

Juhani Jarvi, Head of Daycare and Pre-School Services at Oulu, elaborates on the universal accessibility of preschool. He explains that Oulu funds preschool via a variety of state, private and federal funding sources.

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