Leadership and Strategic Innovation

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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

Ellen Brandenberger - USA

“Every student is unique in his or her strengths and challenges, and it is the job of the teacher to foster highly individualized learning in response to the student. Not the other way around.” – Ellen Brandenberger, USA

Tricia Berry - USA

“ALL students should engage in creative problem-solving activities and hands-on project-based-learning programs. [It] seems like much of this is still limited to the gifted and talented programs, but ALL students — and our community and world — could benefit from gaining these skills.” – Tricia Berry, USA

Peter West - Australia

“We always look at the educational outcomes we want, then we back-track to the device, and ask what device and software combination will allow us to do that.” – Peter West, Australia

On my recent visit to Brisbane, Australia for an amazing Edutech Conference, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Peter West, an education technology specialist who is helping to transform learning at his school. Just as important, he’s helping … Continue reading

Michael Fullan - USA Skype

“The problem is that school is incredibly boring for students, and as it turns out, it’s pretty boring for teachers as well, because neither group is learning in the traditional school model.” – Michael Fullan, Canada

Katie Brown - USA

“Technology provides us with new tools from which to explore and communicate our ideas, but the heart of education will always be personal relationships – with or without technology.” – Katie Brown, USA

Sean McComb - USA

“I don’t get a huge Christmas bonus, but when I get a handwritten letter from a student explaining to me how I made a difference in their lives, that’s priceless.” – Sean McComb, USA

Joel Heinrichs - USA

“As best practices are being developed for connected, mobile, personal learning, we need to have the political will to change our historic systems. Seat time, age cohorts, drill and kill – these all have to go.” – Joel Heinrichs, USA

Daymond John - USA

Educating Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs: Interview with Daymond John

Daymond John is familiar to many from the popular TV show, “Shark Tank,” in which he and other successful business leaders fund extraordinary ideas from ordinary people. But John is also the founder and CEO of FUBU, a successful clothing … Continue reading

Todd LaVogue - Guest blog

Guest Blog: From Paupers to the Prince

During the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, I was invited to attend an educational round table discussion with His Royal Highness, the Prince of Asturias and Gerona, Felipe de Borbon, the Crown Prince of Spain. I am a classroom teacher … Continue reading

Ramakrishna Sayee - India

“Innovation rules the future. The advancements in technology have changed the lifestyle of every individual.” – Meka Ramakrishna Sayee, India

Kimberly Evelti - USA

“We wanted to be able to offer our students and teachers a tablet device that would do all of the computing they were used to with a laptop, then take that further.” – Kimberly Evelti, USA

Dr. Amro Khater - Egypt

“We need a lot of work to be done, and if it’s not us doing this work, and pushing for it, then who else is going to do it?” – Professor Dr. Amro Khater, Egypt

We’ve just completed an amazing Microsoft in Education Global Forum, but it’s not too soon to examine how participants – and other educators around the world – can raise the bar for teaching innovation. To that end, I recently sat … Continue reading

The Microsoft Innovative Schools Pitch Competition: Funding Transformative Ideas in Education

If you have been following along with our coverage of the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, you may have already read about The Microsoft Innovative Schools Pitch Competition.  This competition was the first challenge of its kind at the … Continue reading

John Fallon - UK

“The highest performing school systems in the world have high expectations for all their students, and I think that’s probably the single-most important thing that we’ve learned.” – John Fallon, UK

For me, one of the great joys of the Microsoft in Education Global Forum is the opportunity to spend some quality time with the many organizations we partner with throughout the year in support of a shared goal: education transformation. … Continue reading