Category Archives: Leadership and Strategic Innovation

“The Global Enterprise Challenge helped our youngsters foster their role as global citizens and increase their awareness of cultural, economic, educational, technological, and environmental issues.” – Rana Sabbidine, Lebanon

Rana Sabbidine
School Principal
Makassed Khalil Shehab School
Beirut, Lebanon
@ranasabbidine

When you ask Rana Sabbidine, principal of Makassed Khalil Shehab school in Lebanon, about an experience that defined her as an educator, she doesn’t hesitate.

“Participating in a real-life project and winning the first prize worldwide in the Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC),” Sabbidine tells us. “This project gave our students the chance to develop their entrepreneurial and 21st century skills, as well as highlight new insights that help them widen their future career choices.… Visit the author's original post

“I think a great leader brings people alongside them, never belittles them, encourages collaboration and works to bring them to their potential. Good leaders share, serve and nurture.” – Sandi Adams, USA

Sandi Adams
Technology Project Specialist
Cherokee County School District
Woodstock, Georgia, USA
@sandiadams

With 16 years of experience under her belt, Adams is not only an MIEE, she’s also a Surface Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Certified Educator and Master Trainer. She regularly researches emerging technologies, trains staff on tools and classroom integration, trains students, and evaluates hardware. In fact, in all, Adams has spent over 20 years championing new technologies in schools. But seeing herself as a leader has taken some getting used to.… Visit the author's original post

Higher expectations lead to better results – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

Jeff Charbonneau
Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator at Zillah School District and Washington Student Achievement Council Member
Washington, USA
@JeffCharbonneau

“I have learned that by setting my expectations higher than most would consider ‘high school’ appropriate, students respond by doing even more. Ultimately, by raising the level of rigor in the classroom, students will stay more engaged and be more likely to succeed.”

Jeff Charbonneau was named the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. Learn about his experience and his journey back to his classroom here.Visit the author's original post

Florida teacher reaches for the stars – Jason Mocherman, USA

Jason Mocherman
Astronomy Instructor, Planetarium Director, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Florida, USA
@jmocherman

“In 2009 our school was rebuilt. At the time, I was running a 50-seat planetarium that had been in the school since 1968. We were running daily planetarium field trips for thousands of elementary students. Due to the economic downturn of that time, the planetarium was cut from the building project. With the help of many, I was able to raise the money needed to rebuild this facility.… Visit the author's original post

“My students have always seen the problems in the world, but now we are concentrating on looking beyond the problem to the solution.” – Valerie Anglemyer, USA 

Valerie Anglemyer
Instructional Coach and Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher
NorthWood Middle School, Wa-Nee Community Schools
Wakarusa, Indiana, USA
@valanglemyer70

 When it comes to leading school transformations, empowerment is one of the key ingredients to success. For Valerie Anglemyer, a 2014 Indiana Excellence in Education award winner and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (for the third year), empowering her students has sparked not only an appreciation for the world beyond their four walls, but also an entirely new way to learn.

Last year, Anglemyer and her co-teacher, Steve Bowser, created an inquiry-based pilot class titled Humanities — a combination of Social Studies and Language Arts — with a concentration on connecting the two subject areas.Visit the author's original post

Making technology work for every type of student – Josh Davis, USA

As an instructional technology coach, Josh Davis is not only among the first to try out new technology at his school, he also gets to experience the initial excitement from both teachers and students when they get to try something they’ve never seen before.

A 17-year veteran in his school district – 15 years as a middle school history teacher, two in his current role – he’s seen a lot of change. And school transformation is a big one.

His advice for a successful whole-school transformation plan?… Visit the author's original post

“Critical thinking is one of the pillars of our program and in my opinion the most needed skill to be successful in today’s world.  If you have true critical thinking skills you have the ability to analyze and acquire anything else you will need.  It’s also a skill that is almost completely left out of the education systems in most of the developing world.”

Corey Johnson Executive Director, Imagine Scholar Kamhlushwa, MP, South Africa @ImagineScholar

“Critical thinking is one of the pillars of our program and in my opinion the most needed skill to be successful in today’s world.  If you have true critical thinking skills you have the ability to analyze and acquire anything else you will need.  It’s also a skill that is almost completely left out of the education systems in most of the developing world.”

Corey Johnson is executive director with Imagine Scholar, based in rural Mpumalanga, South Africa.Visit the author's original post

“Sometimes we make a huge difference when we don’t even know about it and, at the end of the day, students of all ages just want to know that they matter and that they can find a place in your classroom and the world around them.” – Scott Bricker, USA 

Scott Bricker
Director of Educational Technology
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA
@BrickerCoaching

When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Scott Bricker was named Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) in 2013, he knew he had a big job ahead of him: leading the full implementation of the school’s 1:1 tablet PC program.

After first distributing devices to faculty during the ‘13- ‘14 school year, all 1725 students received tablets during the summer of 2014, and the school rolled out Office365, OneNote and other Microsoft tools.… Visit the author's original post

“How do schools prepare for this diversity? I believe it is through quality leadership that builds a culture from within.” – Fiona Forbes, Australia

In today’s fast-changing education environment, principals must not only provide day-to-day leadership for their teachers and schools, they must also drive whole-school transformation. As the Microsoft in Education team prepares to attend the annual meeting of the International Confederation of Principals in Perth, Australia next week, we’re excited to highlight the work of its President-elect, Fiona Forbes.

Forbes has worked in the early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and special education fields for 25 years, and for the past 14 years has been the principal of a unique special school that caters to early childhood students with language disorders.… Visit the author's original post

High expectations lead to impressive results – Toshiko Igarashi, Japan

“By having higher expectations and taking action in a team with a positive attitude, we can make a difference.” That’s Toshiko Igarashi’s motto.

As principal at Tokyo’s Hirayama Elementary School (a STEM K-12 school and Microsoft Showcase School since 2015), Igarashi and her team are indeed making a difference.  The proof? Their students, staff and school have been recognized both nationally and internationally as leaders in ICT education in Japan.

“It is challenging to create learning environments which prepare students for the next 10, 20 or 30 years,” Igarashi told us.… Visit the author's original post

“My school’s efforts to integrate technology into instruction have led to significant increases in student achievement.” – Darren Clay, USA

Darren Clay learned early on the value of an education, when his assistant principal father did double duty as the school’s evening custodian – with his sons’ help — to pay for their private schooling. Ultimately following his dad’s career path, Clay has dedicated his own career to integrating technology into learning.

“After my third year of teaching,” Clay says, “I enrolled in an Aspiring Leaders program. The program selected the top 10 teachers in the district to work directly with a district cabinet member.… Visit the author's original post

“Why would you want to learn computer science? It’s so you can solve problems in other domains.” – Mark DeLoura, USA

Here at Daily Edventures, we’ve talked for years about the vast potential for gaming in the classroom. Games engage kids with activities they already love, and when used properly, have the ability to teach critical skills like computer science, skills that can turn into exciting and lucrative careers.

For Mark DeLoura, the connection between computer science and gaming is undeniably strong. A leading figure in the global video game industry, DeLoura has worked at some of the largest game companies in the world, including Sony and Nintendo, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Game Developer Magazine .… Visit the author's original post

Education and Industry work together to build a foundation for innovation – Teresita (Tata) Medado, Philippines

Microsoft was founded on the principle that people can do remarkable things when technology is within reach, and core to our mission is creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning. To that end, we are committed to partnering with educators on their journey to redefine learning.

One of these partnerships is with Asia Pacific College (APC) in the Philippines, a newly-named Microsoft Showcase School for 2015/2016, and its leader, Tata Medado.

APC is product of IBM Philippines and SM (Shoemart) Foundation, who partnered to create a computer training institution that would produce high-caliber graduates.… Visit the author's original post

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 fact monumental.

Whether we’re talking about the lack of infrastructure (such as the availability of Internet access), or the influx of Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the country – all against the backdrop of severe budgetary restrictions and instability throughout the region as whole – Mjaess and her team have much to overcome on their road to teaching their students digital literacy.… Visit the author's original post