We all know that collaboration – between students and between educators – is fundamental to 21st century teaching and learning. We see the benefits every day: teachers sharing ideas through the educator community while their students work with classmates on collaboration platforms like Office 365, and with peers from all around the globe through Skype in the Classroom.
But what about school leaders? While grassroots education innovation is critical, meaningful education reform must also start from the top.
To that end, we're thrilled to announce a new global collaboration with Bett that will, over the next three years, deliver inspiring content that promotes innovative, technology-led classroom practices in the UK and around the world.
These educator-led sessions will showcase the ideas, practices and technologies that have demonstrated significant impact on educational outcomes, along with inspiring concepts to help develop 21st century skills and find solutions to global challenges.
The first of these programs will be rolling out in Mexico City this week, with sessions also scheduled for Singapore (November), London (January, 2016) and Abu Dhabi (April, 2016).
We're also collaborating with the Bett Leadership Summit on a program specifically targeted to school leaders: the School Leaders Academy. This two-day program is designed to help school leaders develop powerful strategies for managing change within their schools to ensure greater efficiencies and impact.
At Microsoft, we're committed to helping school leaders transform their schools so students are inspired and achieve more. We do this by providing hundreds of thousands of schools worldwide with tools to help navigate the many challenges inherent in large-scale change.
By collaborating with Bett, which over the last 30-plus years has become a recognized global hub for those passionate about harnessing the power of technology in education, Microsoft is celebrating inspired thinking and leadership. And just as important, we're encouraging school leaders to work together to solve some of education's most pressing problems.
We look forward to kicking off this important partnership in Mexico City this week, and hope to see you at one of the events soon!