Leadership and Strategic Innovation

Corey Johnson

“Critical thinking is one of the pillars of our program and in my opinion the most needed skill to be successful in today’s world.  If you have true critical thinking skills you have the ability to analyze and acquire anything else you will need.  It’s also a skill that is almost completely left out of the education systems in most of the developing world.”

Corey Johnson Executive Director, Imagine Scholar Kamhlushwa, MP, South Africa @ImagineScholar “Critical thinking is one of the pillars of our program and in my opinion the most needed skill to be successful in today’s world.  If you have true critical … Continue reading

“Sometimes we make a huge difference when we don’t even know about it and, at the end of the day, students of all ages just want to know that they matter and that they can find a place in your classroom and the world around them.” – Scott Bricker, USA

“Sometimes we make a huge difference when we don’t even know about it and, at the end of the day, students of all ages just want to know that they matter and that they can find a place in your classroom and the world around them.” – Scott Bricker, USA 

Scott Bricker Director of Educational Technology Santa Margarita Catholic High School Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA @BrickerCoaching When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Scott Bricker was named Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) in 2013, he … Continue reading

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“How do schools prepare for this diversity? I believe it is through quality leadership that builds a culture from within.” – Fiona Forbes, Australia

In today’s fast-changing education environment, principals must not only provide day-to-day leadership for their teachers and schools, they must also drive whole-school transformation. As the Microsoft in Education team prepares to attend the annual meeting

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High expectations lead to impressive results – Toshiko Igarashi, Japan

“By having higher expectations and taking action in a team with a positive attitude, we can make a difference.” That’s Toshiko Igarashi’s motto.

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“My school’s efforts to integrate technology into instruction have led to significant increases in student achievement.” – Darren Clay, USA

Darren Clay learned early on the value of an education, when his assistant principal father did double duty as the school’s evening custodian – with his sons’ help — to pay for their private schooling. Ultimately following his dad’s career … Continue reading

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“Why would you want to learn computer science? It’s so you can solve problems in other domains.” – Mark DeLoura, USA

Here at Daily Edventures, we’ve talked for years about the vast potential for gaming in the classroom. Games engage kids with activities they already love, and when used properly, have the ability to teach critical skills like computer science, skills … Continue reading

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Education and Industry work together to build a foundation for innovation – Teresita (Tata) Medado, Philippines

Microsoft was founded on the principle that people can do remarkable things when technology is within reach, and core to our mission is creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning. To that end, we are

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Leading Change In Spite of Immense Obstacles – Sabah Mjaess, Lebanon

It almost goes without saying that creating change within a school environment is a challenge. Every teacher and school leader is faced with unique obstacles. For Sabah Mjaess, Principal at Dhour Shweir Public School in Lebanon, the hurdles are in … Continue reading

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“Minds work as a parachute. They are not functional until they are open.” – Dr. Mansoor Al-Awar, Dubai, UAE

For two days this past February, Dubai hosted the very first Microsoft in Education Global Forum in the Middle East and Africa region. The forum gathered education stakeholders to discuss education transformation as it relates to the workforce, and as … Continue reading

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“We are leading a new culture that empowers us all.” – Rachel Berman, Israel

Building a digital culture and leading a school as it innovates is of course full of challenges. From technology and infrastructure decisions to ensuring the teaching staff is on board and fully trained, the day-to-day world of a school leader, … Continue reading

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“Students will be creators of knowledge rather than consumers.” – Gioko Maina, Kenya

As a science teacher, Anthony Gioko transformed his classroom with technology in many ways, ultimately helping his students to win national honors. But as a school leader in charge of professional development, he must ensure that all of the teachers … Continue reading

Candice Carpenter

“Sense of direction is one of the biggest gaps.” – Candice Carpenter Olson, USA

Heading out into the “real world” after graduation can be a downright humbling experience. And with the ever-growing skills gap that employers see in recent graduates (a Gallup poll showed that only 14 percent of Americans and only 11 percent … Continue reading

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“Acquiring 21st century skills is a two-way process.” – Dimitrios Charalambidis, Greece

For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Dimitrios Charalambidis, education transformation isn’t a discussion that applies to the future. For Charalambidis, the future is already here. “What makes me most excited about the future is the here-and-now reality,” says Charalambidis. “It is … Continue reading

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Creating Young Entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic – Maria Lorraine de Ruiz-Alma

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A Case for Change: Reflections of a Seasoned School Leader – Tony Bryant, Australia

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Building a Professional Learning Community Pays Dividends – Wendell Sumter

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Rethinking the Very Nature of What It Means to be an Educator – George Saltsman, USA

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“As a teacher, I believe that education is like a wheel that never can be stopped.” – José Luís Terol Esteve, Spain

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“I believe that our schools should be driving the spirit of the local community and should support the education of all community members — not just the students.” – Darren Rackemann, Australia

Anna E. Baldwin - USA

“People talk about career and college readiness…I think civic readiness is a third ‘C’ that’s essential and sometimes overlooked.” – Anna E. Baldwin, USA