Keynote Speakers

Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education
Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lani Florian is Bell Chair of Education at the University of Edinburgh and Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). She is editor of The SAGE Handbook of Special Education, now in its second edition, and co-author of Achievement and Inclusion in Schools, winner of the 2008 NASEN/TES academic book award. Recently she served as Scotland¹s national expert on the European Agency for Development of Special Needs Education multinational study, ŒTeacher Education for Inclusion¹.
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PhD, Principal Tarja Seppälä-Pänkäläinen
Säynätsalo, Finland

Tarja Seppälä-Pänkäläinen passed her matriculation examination at the Korkalovaara Upper Secondary School (Rovaniemi) in 1982, and was accepted to study general history at the University of Jyväskylä. She acquired her MA in education in the classteacher programme at the Chydenius Institute in Kokkola in 1994. After her graduation, she worked as a classteacher in Toivakka and Leivonmäki. In 1996, Tarja Seppälä-Pänkäläinen was recruited in the Jyväskylä municipality education authority, and she worked several years in Keljonkangas School as a classteacher. Since 2006 she worked at Säynätsalo Comprehensive School, and 2007 – 2009 she was appointed as lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä Teacher Education Department. Her doctoral dissertation (2009) explored the challenges and possibilities of interlearning among the adults in a Finnish school. Currently, Tarja Seppälä-Pänkäläinen is appointed as principal at Säynätsalo Comprehensive School.
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