Students Learn Math Using New and Innovative Methods with TheatreWorks

On Monday morning, children from four kindergarten classes at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto gathered in front of friends, family, and teachers to debut “Playing with Math” – a collaborative, interactive learning experience pioneered by TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley with seed funding from Microsoft Silicon Valley. “Playing with Math” is a 10-day residency program that…

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Photo Tour: Canopy and Microsoft Plant 110 Trees for 500 Students in East Palo Alto

On October 6, more than 500 volunteers of all ages joined Canopy and Microsoft at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to plant 110 trees. The newly-planted shade and fruit trees will provide over 500 students at Brentwood Academy with a welcoming learning environment. Trees don’t simply provide shade and aesthetics – they also help…

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Back to school: Microsoft stands up for education

As we watch our Bay Area kids head back to school this fall, we are reminded of how important it is for all of us to support local teachers, students and schools – especially those most in need. So far this year, Microsoft Silicon Valley (MSV) has donated more than $3 million in software and…

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Local teacher Gregg Witkin sparks social change

At Microsoft Silicon Valley we talk a lot about an “opportunity divide” when discussing our corporate citizenship efforts. The issue is simple – there are jobs in Silicon Valley, and there are people to fill them, but there’s a disconnect between the opportunities available and the skill sets of would-be workers. Our goal, and the…

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SVLG Education Leaders Summit: Closing the opportunity gap

According to a survey released by employment services firm ManpowerGroup, Silicon Valley is on track with the majority of the U.S. to increase hiring this Fall. Yet a problem remains. While there are jobs to fill, there is a lack of qualified talent with the skillsets to fill those jobs. Silicon Valley companies that need…

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The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly in critical STEM professions. Earlier this month, 120 high school…

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Photo Tour: Environmental Education Comes to Life!

Continuing its strong support of environmental education, Microsoft joined Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto on Sunday, to celebrate the grand opening of the EcoCenter, the Bay Area’s newest environmental education facility.  Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with Environmental Volunteers through grants and volunteerism. Most recently, the two organizations were part of an initiative that…

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Family learning, full STEAM ahead

Parent’s Day was yesterday, and we’re reflecting on the critical role parents play in the success of their children and, in turn, our community. A recent report featured in Education Week evaluated parent involvement in their children’s education over the past decade. The benefits of parent involvement in the educational process are inspiring – according…

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37% of Kids have Been Bullied Online: Microsoft Global Survey Gets at the Root of Online Bullying

Online bullying is a serious issue that can have tragic consequences. To better understand and help educate parents, educators, mentors and kids to some of the contributing elements of online bullying, Microsoft commissioned a Global Youth Online Behavior Survey. As a global leader in technology and an organization focused on helping young people reach their…

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Summer Resources in Silicon Valley for Teens

With summer in full swing and school still months away, there are plenty of activities to keep teens active and productive over the summer. Ongoing learning is important for teens, and it can be difficult for parents to keep students engaged while school is out. Luckily, there are several organizations in Silicon Valley with the…

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