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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Students take a new role in the teaching and learning process

I wanted to share my blog post appearing on the “Microsoft On The Issues” blog…it’s about infusing service-learning and technology in the classroom and a new initiative we launched called the Service & Technology Academic Resource Team (START). I am very excited about this milestone as a result of our private/public partnership with the Corporation…

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The need to prioritize rural education

I attended the National Community Education Association’s (NCEA) annual conference last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona where they held the first national forum on “Revitalizing America’s Rural Communities.”  Every child has the right to a quality education…and improving access and opening up opportunities for students in rural areas is a worldwide dilemma we must address. I…

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Redesigning education with service-learning

I’m on the West coast this week, and in San Francisco yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Corporation for National and Community Service organization’s 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. We announced at the event that Microsoft and the Corporation are partnering to build a virtual, student-driven technical support helpdesk for…

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It takes a community to prepare a child

Preparing youth for the 21st century workplace is the goal of our teachers and institutions…and certainly having prepared 21st workers is a key requirement for our private industry.  It’s this point of intersection that creates an opportunity and mandate for institutions to explore and embrace public and private partnership opportunities.  As we are faced with…

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Workforce Readiness Impact with CareerForward

What am I going to do with my life? What is the world of work like? What will I need to succeed? These are questions our students will certainly ask themselves at some point in their education career. Asking these questions early and having access to some helpful and inspirational answers is increasingly critical. Our current students are…

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