by Anthony Salcito, vice president of worldwide education at Microsoft Corporation
At Microsoft, we’re passionate about our vision to empower everyone to achieve more. Every day our teams are striving to help educators expand their passion for teaching by using technology that can transform their classrooms and help their students achieve more. And, just as important, we’re committed to celebrating educators and schools that are raising the bar – day-in and day-out.
Today, we’re delighted to announce the educators, school leaders, and inspiring schools that are leading the way and transforming education — in ways both big and small — through our Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Microsoft Showcase Schools programs.
Announcing the 2016-2017 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts
The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) program recognizes impactful global educators who are pushing the boundaries of learning with creativity and technology. These are 4,800 educators in over 100 countries that are experts and exemplify excellence. The MIEE program extends and amplifies the outstanding work of our greatest assets: our educators on top of the hundreds of thousands of educators who are part of the Microsoft broader community taking trainings, contributing lesson plans, participating in activities and connecting with each other to introduce technology in their classrooms and improve learning outcomes.
These accomplished educators inspire peers and policymakers as they find new and innovative ways to incorporate 21st century learning into their classrooms. They also provide Microsoft with valuable insights on new educational products, helping to ensure that we continue to give teachers and students the tools they need. And perhaps most important, they share best practices and work together – both in person and as part of the Microsoft Educator Community – to promote innovation in teaching and learning.
“Being an MIE Expert gives you an opportunity to explore unexplored areas,
to develop your hidden potential, to unlearn old, to learn new and better ways
to teach, and above all, to meet amazing friends to learn and grow together.”
– Mamta Narula, India
Announcing the 2016-2017 Microsoft Showcase Schools
Microsoft Showcase Schools are a direct outcome of innovative, expert educators and inspired leadership. We know that school leadership matters. When school leaders understand the possibilities technology offers to drive leadership teaching innovation, they can achieve remarkable things from the classroom to the staffroom.
Microsoft Showcase Schools are change-makers in education. These 851 schools thoughtfully consider the role of technology as they explore new ways to redesign learning spaces, restructure curriculum, reinvent pedagogy and reimagine what 21st century leading and learning looks like across diverse contexts. One of the key resources available to schools and school leaders is Microsoft’s Education Transformation Framework, which provides a step-by-step guide on how to prepare for change across leadership and policy all the way to 21st century pedagogy.
These schools represent all geographic regions (including urban and regional settings), funding models and sizes, and over the last couple of years, 50,000 educators, government officials and media have visited these schools to see innovative teaching and leading in action.
Microsoft Showcase School leadership teams have access to an exclusive community of professional practice, specific leader-learning resources, partner solutions and the opportunity to attend events and see their schools featured on the global stage.
“Microsoft as an organization raises educational benchmarks
and challenges our staff and students to work outside comfort zones,
always pushing for superior outcomes. The Microsoft Schools program has been an inspiration for our college and its community.
It sets expectations around raising student achievement through the development
of programs that give us access to skills, knowledge, and processes that are easily embedded
in our curriculum. We are fortunate to have been part of the Microsoft family.”
– The Principal, Botany Downs Secondary College, New Zealand
Thank you for inspiring us!
Microsoft is proud of our community of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Microsoft Showcase Schools, and we are honored to shine a light on these incredible innovators in action.
To learn more about these innovative programs, including how you, your school and your students can participate, be sure to check out these resources:
- Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
- Become a Microsoft Showcase School
- Join the Microsoft Educator Community