Making access to technology a reality via Shape the Future

One of the initiatives I’m most proud of is the work we do around Shape the Future.  It’s really all about making access to technology a right and not a privilege for every student on the planet.  And increasingly this is a priority for governments and schools throughout the world. As we think about the…

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Taking Action: State of the Union

By 2035, today’s preschoolers and kindergarteners will be entering the workforce.  The students of today are laying the core building blocks for the workforce of 2035. That is why I applaud the focus from President Obama’s State of the Union address last week focused on innovation, education and students.   This triad is a critical and…

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Will “Waiting for ‘Superman’” provoke the change we need?

There’s certainly lots of controversy surrounding the movie “Waiting for ‘Superman’”… some debate around the value of charter schools, the impact of unions and criticism of teachers. However, some things no one can deny… one, we have to celebrate and encourage great teachers, and do what we can to cherish and praise and support the…

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Education reform in Houston and connecting with corporations to help

When I met with Houston ISD recently, it was exciting to reconnect with a U.S. school district that’s in a very rapid and aggressive mode of change. Driven by Greg Valdez, the Chief Technology Officer, Greg and his team have not only a vision for technology’s impact in Houston, but they are really thinking holistically…

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Thoughts on the future of education in Russia

I was excited to go to Russia recently and learn more about the education system.  There are plenty of places around the world where technology accessibility or access to education and reform are meeting in the middle…places where students and teachers are starting to get more and more access to technology…and it’s becoming much more…

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Lessons learned from the School of the Future in Philadelphia opens dialogue on nationwide school reform

You’re going to hear us talk a lot about the School of the Future in Philadelphia in the next year. The School of the Future is a unique partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft to create a sustainable and replicable model for improved instruction and systemic reform through the use of organizational…

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Video of the Week: AeA 21st Century Learning Symposium

I want to thank Ed Longanecker for providing a recap of the 21st Century Learning conversation that took place in Springfield, IL last week.  Good opportunity to share perspectives on this important topic.  Special thanks to students of the Lincoln Magnet School in Springfield, IL for their participation in the event and their work on the…

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Creating 21st Century Schools in an Obama Administration

I had the great fortune of being in Washington, D.C. on Monday. I was lucky enough to get a ticket into the Illinois Inaugural Gala, preceding inauguration day. Walking through Union Station and through the city on my way to the event, it was hard not to feel the sense of joy, hope and change…

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