California lawmakers consider legislation allowing computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements

Posted by Robyn HinesSenior Director for State Government Affairs, Microsoft Continuing the momentum on computer science education, on Wednesday the California State Assembly Committee on Education held a hearing to consider legislation that would allow computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements. The legislation, AB 1764, sponsored by California State Assembly members Kristin…

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Idaho the latest state to make computer science courses count toward high school graduation requirements

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Continuing the momentum we’ve seen across the country on computer science education, Idaho recently joined a growing number of states that allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. We applaud Idaho for taking this important step, which will help prepare students for…

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Making important progress on computer science education

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft This week, we have seen tremendous enthusiasm and excitement from more than 13 million students who are learning a new language. The language? Computer Science. Across the country and around the world, students have been celebrating Computer Science Education Week by…

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Microsoft, The Atlantic & National Journal Present “A New America: How Millennials are Sparking Change” town hall

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Dec. 6, Microsoft, in partnership with The Atlantic and National Journal, hosted the first in a series of traveling town halls to explore the opportunities, inclinations and impact of the millennial generation as it faces an increasingly connected world and competitive workplace. “A New America: How…

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Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. The hearing, titled “Our Nation of Builders:  Training the…

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Microsoft announces new Student Advantage program to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft I’m thrilled to announce a new benefit designed to empower students worldwide with the technological skills they need to compete in today’s (and tomorrow’s) workforce: it’s called Student Advantage. Beginning Dec. 1, any academic institution that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide Office 365 ProPlus…

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IDC study reveals skills today’s students need to succeed in tomorrow’s unimagined world

Posted by Cameron EvansU.S. Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Education On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute towards well-prepared students. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020. I often…

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Microsoft joins Code.org ‘Hour of Code’ initiative

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post over on The Official Microsoft Blog on Monday, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced Microsoft has joined Code.org, a nationwide campaign urging schools, teachers and parents across the country to participate in the “Hour of…

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Microsoft hosts D.C. panel of experts on modernizing the teaching profession

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Wednesday, leading policy makers, educators and industry leaders gathered to address approaches to modernize and elevate the teaching profession to meet the demands of a globally competitive world at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Panelists discussed how critical it is for every…

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Why STEM education and blended learning matter

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Thursday, at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C., a record number of attendees, including policy makers, educators, industry leaders and others, gathered to discuss how education innovators design responsive, engaging and academically rigorous programs to prepare students to meet the demands of the…

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