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This episode will air on August 27, at 8:30 AM Eastern

What is the future of education? What should it be? What can it be? How are policy makers in top PISA performing education systems thinking about the future of education? That is the focus of this episode of Silver Lining for Learning.

The High Performing Systems for Tomorrow (HPST) was a three-year partnership among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE), and a group of education system leaders from five jurisdictions that performed at the top of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). They are British Columbia, Canada; Estonia; Finland; Hong Kong; and Singapore. The goal of the project was to consider the impact of digitalization and other global trends on the future of work and civil society; explore what this means for what students should learn and how they should learn it; and consider how this might change the role of educators and the design of public education systems. (More information about the project)

We have invited Tony Mackay, CEO and Board Chair of NCEE, who led the discussions, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, formerly Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education, and Chern Wei SNG of the Ministry of Education in Singapore

More about our guests below the video


ANTHONY MACKAY AM Anthony Mackay is CEO and Board Co Chair of the Washington DC based National Center on Education and the Economy. He was Inaugural Chair Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Inaugural Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
(ACARA), and immediate past Chair, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He is Co Chair of the National Project , Learning Creates Australia . Anthony is Deputy Chancellor, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia and Honorary Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Anthony is cofounder of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP), and Foundation Board Chair of the Innovation Unit Ltd, England. He is an Expert Advisor to OECD/CERI, Consultant Advisor to Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network and Senior Fellow IBE/ UNESCO. Anthony is the Moderator of the Annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession and Moderator of Ministerial Sessions and Key Debates at the Annual World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE).

Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen – Director General, International Baccalaureate Organization. Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen became the 8th Director General of the International Baccalaureate Organization on 1 May 2021. Prior to joining the IB, Mr Heinonen was Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education where he worked from January 2017. Mr Heinonen had an active career in politics in Finland between 1994 and 2002: he was Minister of Education and Science from 1994-1999; Minister of Transport and Communication from 1999-2002 and a Member of Parliament from 1995-2002. From 2002 to 2012, Mr Heinonen was Director of Yle, the Finnish national public broadcasting company, before joining the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office in March 2012 as State Secretary, responsible for organizing and leading the office. He has also been responsible, as State Secretary, for the portfolios of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development and then as State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of Finland. Mr Heinonen holds a Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki in Finland and has been awarded honorary doctorates by both the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Turku in Finland. He is married and has three children.