Over the weekend, I had the great honor of joining Ron Thorpe, President of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) at their annual conference to announce an important partnership that will provide technology training to National Board Certified Teachers.
As technology continues to transform learning, teacher training is a critical element in ensuring technology tools are implemented in an effective and impactful way. This is an issue that has been front and center, most notably with President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, calling for increased broadband and high-speed internet connection for 99% of U.S. students, low-cost device solutions for students, and more professional development for teachers to keep pace with changing technological and professional demands. This partnership builds on Microsoft’s existing support for ConnectED with our latest offer that provides affordable Windows 8 devices to schools across the nation.
Through this partnership with the National Board, Microsoft will provide the tools and professional development training to help the National Board Certified teachers enhance their knowledge and skills of integrating Microsoft technologies into their teaching. This partnership provides:
Professional Learning for National Board Certified Teachers through online and in-person training,
Entry into the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program,
Certificates of Learning and;
21st Century Learning Design Framework
Common Core State Standards
Microsoft technologies and resources
The benefits of this partnership will reach beyond the organization to the vast Microsoft in Education Network with the developed Units of Study documents shared with educators around the world.
Microsoft has long been committed to supporting educators in the U.S. and around the world, every year, we invest millions of dollars and countless hours in human capital to train teachers and connect them with each other to inspire classroom best practices. This partnership expands our existing efforts and we look forward to helping the National Board accomplish their goals and support their certified teachers.
Why limit it to National Board teachers. Some of our worst teachers are the ones who have this certification.