Leadership and Strategic Innovation


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


“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


“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


“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


“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


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


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


Building a Professional Learning Community Pays Dividends – Wendell Sumter


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


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

darren rackemann

“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