In English

Sanna Leinonen

Sanna has spent many years in education, as a high school teacher, a high school assistant principal, an online teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, teacher leader, and educational consultant. She has used her skills in Educational Technology, PBL, collaborative methods and student engagement, to create an engaging learning environment for all students. She is a co-author of a high school English language textbook series “Culture Café” and she has taught grades 1-6 and 7-12 in both traditional and blended settings and worked as a department head in a community college. She has given presentations and workshops at many conferences including SUKOL (The Federation of Foreign Language Teachers in Finland), ITK (Interactive technology in education), and EDUFI (Finnish National Agency for Education).

Sanna works with a diverse group of students and colleagues, Finnish and international, which has resulted in her becoming an expert in English Language Learners, Special Education, Professional Learning Communities and Collaborative Learning to name a few. One of her foundational teaching practices is Student-Centered Learning. One way of accomplishing this is through Phenomenon Based Learning.

Sanna’s been awarded the Fulbright distinguished teacher award in 2017. She earned her M.A. in English at Tampere University and the teacher of special education certificate at University of Jyväskylä.  

More about my work in English at My page Teachercollaboration

Kimmo Rautanen

Kimmo’s main interests lie in the fields of human centred design, open social innovation/democratic innovation, and future studies – and his ambition is to combine these into knowledge and tools for participatory and inclusive development work.

He has recently started his PhD studies in political science, focusing on Human Centred Design philosophy as a tool for democratic innovation.

He has worked at Åbo Akademi since 1994; his professional experience is in managing an R&D unit, as well as managing and planning research, development and educational projects in the fields of digital media and content, development of creative industries and innovation systems, as well as further education in these fields – in regional, national and international settings.

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