Thursday, March 27, 2008

Microsoft Shares School Leader Development Tool

I’m at Microsoft’s Partners in Learning briefing where Marion Ginopolis is visiting from Michigan to present a School Leadership Development (SLD) instructional leadership tool developed in partnership with Microsoft used by educators and their community partners as a framework for thinking about 21st century learning. The program has engaging and robust resources that can inspire and motivate leaders provided they have a strong facilitator. There is a facilitator guide that comes with the program. The program can be delivered in a way customized to your needs and can be delivered over about 8 – 10 hours. Below is an overview of the program.

School Leader Development: Building 21st Century Schools
Microsoft has partnered with John Bransford of the College of Education at the University of Washington and Little Planet Learning, a company that delivers custom learning programs, to create School Leader Development: Building 21st Century Schools. This instructional leadership tool for leaders of primary and secondary schools serves as a guide for creating a learning environment that prepares students for a modern world. The unique curriculum combines video, challenge questions, discussions, and expert resources to focus on the following issues facing primary and secondary school leaders:

  • Dimensions of change within schools in the 21st century
  • Guidance for student learning
  • Strategies for success for all students
  • Innovative approaches for education
  • Strong leadership for all schools

Here is the School Leader Development overview demo. Microsoft states that you can receive this CD to use with school leaders. For more information, send e-mail to

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