Pia Jormalainen, CEO & Co-founder
New Nordic School
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
School systems were designed 200 years ago to create factory workers. Still today, students memorize knowledge to pass standardized tests. New Nordic School is transforming current systems of education through a K-12 system that empowers students to explore their natural creativity, discover their true passions, and shape their own future.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The New Nordic Educational System is brought to new and existing schools worldwide. Our innovation has three main components:
1. It is a pre-K to grade 12 interdisciplinary system where we apply the renowned Finnish curriculum integrated with best pedagogical practices. We put student agency and their passions first by making learning personalized, purposeful, and locally relevant.
2. The global pandemic has forced schools worldwide to wake up to the lack of working hybrid education solutions. Online learning is here to stay. Our hybrid technology provides digital tools for schools: hybrid teaching, AI-powered personalized learning, curriculum integration, and automated reports. Teachers are able to spend more time on what matters: supporting each child in their personalized learning journey.
3. Together with the University of Eastern Finland, local school teachers and leaders are trained to become autonomous and empowered teachers through Finnish and international pedagogy.
How has it been spreading?
We have partner schools open in Finland, India, and France as well as ongoing pilot programs in the UK, Serbia, and Bahrain. We are rapidly scaling with the pandemic easing in most areas of the world. From 2021 onwards, New Nordic partner schools will be opening in the USA, Brazil, UK, Serbia, India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Whether it's our K-12 educational system, hybrid school platform, or professional development, the New Nordic School team is here to discuss your needs and identify the right solutions for your new or existing school. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com or fill in our contact form at www.newnordic.school/contact for more information.