About


Anthony Salcito
Vice President – Worldwide Education

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As Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector organization, I work with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement. In my role, I oversee the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning, Shape the Future, and Public and Private Alliances programs.

Previously, as general manager of education in the United States, I had responsibility Anthony Salcito and Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary for supporting K-12 and higher education institutions across the U.S. and leading  Microsoft’s efforts to support and increase the role technology plays to  enhance learning. I developed education partnerships and innovative programs to  better support education customers nationally. I helped launch the U.S.  Partners in Learning program in 2003, which was recognized in 2009 with the  Public-Private Partnership Award from the U.S. National Governors Association. I  was also the catalyst for Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School  of the Future — Microsoft’s participation with School District of philadelphia  to build an innovative high school in the city of Philadelphia, which has served as a blueprint for Microsoft’s worldwide Innovative Schools program.

I joined Microsoft in 1992, helping to architect Microsoft’s marketing outreach plan in the early 1990s. During my initial years with Microsoft, I had the opportunity to influence marketing and one-to-many programs including the product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95.

I am also involved with a variety of outreach projects; I have served on the board of directors for Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus and Western Governors University, and currently serve on the board of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the National Community Education Association.

I believe that innovation in education is a worldwide challenge. With a record 210 million people out-of-work worldwide and employers reporting too few workers to hire with the right skills, governments, educational institutions and educators must focus more on education that prepares young people for the jobs market with the right skills rather than emphasizes the number of years they spend in school. At the same time, technological advances are changing job profiles and skills, while offering possibilities for accelerated learning. Additionally, the stunning rise of the middle-income countries, led by China, India, and Brazil, has intensified the desire of many nations to increase their competitiveness by building more highly skilled workforces. Great education is the cornerstone of success for our children and our economy.

However, the current debate about how to develop students’ skills, employability and help
them reach their potential in a context of digital revolution, changing learning schemes, economic crisis, and tough global competitiveness remains unclear. Conversations about education reforms, 2020 STEM priority of Obama’s administration, teachers’ salary and recognition, standardized tests, worldwide literacy improvements are top of mind, but we need to have an inclusive perspective about how to transform education at best. And technology integration is crucial in that matter. With education undergoing massive changes in practice, as well as an infusion of new technology tools such as tablets, this is an exciting time to reshape the future of learning.

9 Responses to About

  1. A line from the recent Worldwide Forum has stuck with me…I might have it a little mixed but the intent is there:
    “Our problems are shared problems and our solutions are also shared”
    This is why connected leadership is so important to develop system leaders who are creative, agile and responsive.
    This is an exciting time to be in education.

  2. Fida El Homsi says:

    Thanks for giving us the chance to share others experiences, obstacles and their inspirations…
    Every day, we read new experience from a new teacher all over the world,that guide us in a new direction and new way to have more inspirations and more new way to communicate with our students….
    Thanks from Lebanon….

  3. Thank you for valuing both the Education and actually be committed to reshape education. His enterprising spirit and innovative energy energizes me and energizes all teachers to develop quality education and in tune with the times. Thank you very much!

  4. Beth Levinson says:

    I love the work you do. I notice that you focus on the stories of teachers in big cities. I teach in a rural school in Southwest Virginia. We have a diverse student population since we live in a college town (Virginia Tech). Sitting in our classrooms are children of college professors with children who are living in poverty or just above poverty. Our school district adopted a full inclusion model and then proceeded to defund special education. We have an interesting story to tell. Come talk to us!

  5. Haulkory Raksheet says:

    Participating in the worldwide forum was indeed a fruitful experience. It helps educators “grow” and better do their job or i would say their passion.

    Congrats to my colleague Yogesh for his excellent project.

    The phrase to remember: ” Learn, Share and Excel”

    A warm thank you from Mauritius.

  6. Fortunata Randisi says:

    Good evening. I am interested to teach on line. Please tell me what I can do
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Fortunata,

      Where are you looking at teaching online? http://www.teach.org is a great place to start if you are in the United States.

      If you are somewhere else, I would be happy to help connect you with the right information.

  7. felicitaciones Antony, por tan importantes logros.
    Nuestro proyecto fue expuesto en los foros de microsoft de Panama y Chile.
    Gracias por el gran apoyo y reconocimiento que microsoft le ha dado a los docentes innovadores.
    Alianza por la educacion es protagonista importante en nuestro proyecto.
    Espero nos sigan teniendo en cuenta para exponer nuestro proyecto

  8. Amir says:

    Hey,

    I hope this finds you well. We are a small group from Dubai working on a new, none-commercial social media website for learning. We have developed the prototype of the website and are trying our hands in crowd-funding. I was wondering if you’d be interested in writing about us in your blog. You can find more about our project and campaign in here:

    http://www.igg.me/at/alacut

    Your support would be invaluable in what we think could be a very beneficial none-commercial project.

    Please let me know if you needed any details.

    Regards
    A

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