Partnerships Advance Microsoft's Professional Development Mission

Reaching and inspiring educators around the world is one of Microsoft's most important missions. To do that, it's important that our resources are widely available and easily accessible. That's why we're excited to announce that we'll be partnering with a number of top education resource sites and institutions to provide teachers with quality professional development resources.

One of those partners is Teachers Media International (TMI), a top lesson resource and professional development site reaching over 60,000 registered users. The site will feature the Microsoft Quick Tip videos in their Teaching with Technology section.

We've also partnered with Curriki, a global learning resource community with over 427,000 members and 10.5 million unique visitors, to promote our professional development courses, quick tip videos, and other resources on the Microsoft Educator Network through their website, social media channels, and newsletters.

And, last but not least, we've partnered with Lamar University to begin offering course credit for the Teaching with Technology course on the Microsoft Educator Network. This innovative partnership is designed to provide educators with the competencies needed to deliver a rich learning experience for students, while acknowledging their professional development with graduate course-credits. The program is being spearheaded by George Saltsman, Associate Research Professor in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Global Educational Leadership at Lamar University, and a pioneer in the 1:1 learning movement. Learn more about Dr. Saltsman's inspiring story and his innovative work in education in his Daily Edventures story.

Here's how the program works: Beginning this year, educators who complete the course and successfully pass the Microsoft Certified Educator exam will be eligible to receive three graduate credit-hours, and can earn three additional credit-hours through the demonstrated use of these technology skills in the classroom. Any teacher who earns all six credit-hours will receive recognition by Lamar University as a Certified Digital Educator in addition to becoming a Microsoft Certified Educator. It's a win-win for educators, and ultimately, for students.

These partnerships are just the start of an ongoing effort to offer our rich content to educators everywhere. We're thrilled to work with these stellar partners – the best of the best at helping educators reach their professional goals. And we're even more excited to help educators around the world make the most of technology in the classroom to deliver a richer learning experience for their students.

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