"The need of the hour is to recognize that change is here to stay, and that we owe the children of today and future generations the opportunity to use technology that we ourselves did not have the fortune to use as students."
Microsoft Innovative Pathfinder Schools help to transform education in a scalable, replicable way by influencing other schools within their own community, country, and around the world. After your school has become an actively participating Partners in Learning School, you may choose to apply to the Pathfinder program.
By becoming a Pathfinder school, you will benefit from deeper engagement, more in-depth access to global experts, and mentoring opportunities from education experts. You’ll also join a community of school leaders from around the world who work closely together to develop a culture of innovation.
Selected schools spend a year in the program. During that time, they gain access to a broad range of resources and support designed to help them reach their goals. These include:
To be selected for the Pathfinder program, schools must have a vision for what they want to achieve. They must demonstrate scalable and repeatable models that can help other schools work toward their own vision for transformation. In addition, they must demonstrate that they have community and professional support for the change process as well as strong school-level leadership.
Applications are evaluated based on the following characteristics:
Selection is handled via a rigorous application process that focuses on educational leadership and learning vision as well as the roles of students, educators, curriculum, and technology in the school’s community.
The application period is currently closed. Applications are accepted annually from March through mid-May, with final selections announced in June.
Applications for the Pathfinder program must be completed using the Microsoft Educator Network. Prior to starting your online application, we recommend that you download and review the application instructions.
We highly encourage you to prepare your Innovative Schools Pathfinder application answers and collecting supporting documents prior to starting the online application. These steps will help make filling out the application easier and increase the chance that your school is accepted.
Successful pathfinder applications provide a thorough showcase of innovative thinking at your school. Make yours great by: