The Partners in Learning program is a flagship program for Microsoft’s work in education, and one of the things that I’m most proud of as a Microsoft employee. It started eight years ago and is the company’s 10-year $500 million commitment to invest, support and celebrate the work of teachers around the world, as well as helps school gain better access to technology and provide teacher professional development.
Through Partners in Learning we’ve been working with over 115 countries to celebrate teachers, to mine and identify innovation, and to scale the progress of change in education more rapidly all over the world. We’ve learned a lot, we’ve had tremendous partnerships from stakeholders in countries that we support, and we continue to be amazed and inspired by the great work and the great lessons we’ve seen from innovative teachers and innovative schools around the world.
One area I’ve always wanted to recognize is the need and the value that higher education institutions can have…to spotlight the innovation that’s happening on university and college campuses, and to support the exploration of faculty using technology in new ways.
I’m excited to expand our Partners in Learning work to now include higher education institutions. Not only will this allow our higher education institutions to act as partners to scale their great work, but they can learn from other models, help expand innovative teaching and join a community of faculty members and committed education leaders. Because higher education institutions are producing our next generation of teachers…we believe faculty are critical stakeholders to engage in this conversation, so larger group leverage the innovative teaching work that’s happening around the world to influence what we’re teaching our next generation of teachers in university campuses.
We will also be working with the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) to provide universities, especially senior leadership, with guidance and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues around the world on critical issues that can help them be better prepared for the future of running their organization and preparing their students for the demands of the 21st century.
The newly expanded Partners in Learning for Higher Education program will focus on Academic Summits, a Teacher Education Initiative and the Higher Education Consortium. Check out our new website to learn more on how you can get involved.