Teachers across the U.S. today are receiving handwritten cards, crayon drawings, flowers, and other heart-felt symbols of appreciation in celebration of the teacher appreciation day, May 7th, 2013.
My words of appreciation for teachers may not compare to these personal mementos teachers are receiving from their students. Still, I want to recognize today the many amazing teachers that shaped my education, teachers who are guiding my own children, and the many innovative educators I have had the privilege to engage with through the Partners in Learning program, such as Robin Lowell and Sherry Hahn who are teaching blind students mathematics across the U.S. using Microsoft Lync which is free for education as part of Office 365.
As part of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program, we celebrate teachers and offer free trainings, free tools for teachers, how-to articles, and templates to support the great work teachers are doing in their classrooms. Teachers like Jeff Charbonneau, the Washington State teacher of the year who was recently named U.S. National Teacher of the year and doing amazing things in the classroom and we’re bringing their projects to life to share with other educators.
To celebrate teachers, Microsoft announced the Expert Educator Program, a one-year program that recognizes education visionaries who are paving the way in the effective use of technology and in preparing their students for the 21st century. Expert Educators will receive free technology for their schools, publicity and promotion, insider access to Microsoft strategy and technologies, professional and career development opportunities and certifications including peer coaching, and consulting opportunities within the Partners in Learning program.
I’m inspired by the innovative educators who are engaging students with technology to ensure students are college and career ready. On behalf of Microsoft, I want to say thank you and happy teacher appreciation day! Please reach out and thank a teacher today – I know I have many to thank!
- Win a trip to the Partners in Learning Global Forum
- Join a community of innovative teachers worldwide
- Receive free technology for your classroom