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A life changing experience

Educators tell us year after year that they return home from the Global Forum invigorated and inspired. Attendees return to their school with fresh ideas and the tools to turn them into a reality.

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum recognizes and celebrates the achievements of educators who are preparing students for life in the 21st century. Each year, the Microsoft in Education Global Forum brings together participants from the Microsoft Innovative Educators Program and the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program for an energetic, collaborative conference. This high profile event is attended by more than 700 of the world’s most innovative educators, school leaders, and education leaders from 75 countries, along with government officials.

The 2014 Global Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from March 11 to 14, 2014 and includes:
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with other educators from around the globe
  • Awards and recognition for the year’s most innovative educators
  • Celebration of the Microsoft Innovative Schools program
  • Engaging professional development activities
  • Lectures from industry experts
  • Cutting edge technology demonstrations
  • Teachmeets, interactive working sessions and keynotes from industry experts.
What educators are saying
Arjana Blazic
Arjana Blazic

Teacher - Croatia
“The Partners in Learning Global Forum opened up a whole new world for me - a world of lifelong learning, sharing and above all, connecting and collaborating with enthusiastic like minded teachers from all over the globe.”
Kelli Etheredge
Kelli Etheredge

Teacher - USA
“… Sharing our life’s work, designing lessons together, hearing key notes about crucial topics in education around the globe – every moment at the forum affirmed, energized, and inspired me to continue to step out of the norm to create innovative lessons in my classroom.”
Eresto Laval
Eresto Laval

School Leader - Chile
“The Partners in Learning Global Forum is a unique event in the world. It is a learning community for education... This access is not just a one time delight, but it is extended beyond the Forum through virtual and face to face communities that keep interacting.”
Barry Corrigan
Barry Corrigan

Teacher - North Ireland
“To have peers and forward thinking educators from around the world validate my ideas and approaches to education meant that I had the confidence and drive to go out and try new things, to take more risks to make the education of the children who are in my class a memorable experience.”
Cheryl Arnett
Cheryl Arnett

1st / 2nd grade teacher - Colorado USA
“Before going... I was totally unaware of the transformations taking place in classrooms around the world. Joining this inspiring global community of teachers has opened my mind to a feast of information and ideas that have no end.”
Rui Lima e Silva
Rui Lima e Silva

Teacher - Portugal
“The Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011, in Washington was one of the most significant moments in my life, not only as a teacher, but as a person, since it was a great opportunity to contact with the most innovative teachers in the world, but also to meet and to learn with people from different was the Ultimate Learning Event!”
Global Forum 2012 video
Scenes from the Global Forum 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic
Global Forum Prague Gala video
Global Forum Prague Gala Celebration
Educaters talk about projects video
Educators talk about their projects and experience at a Partners in Learning Forum
More videos, pictures, and educator projects from past events can be viewed in the Global Forum Gallery.
How to get to the Global Forum
For educators
Educators are selected to attend through the
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert application process.
This application process includes demonstrating how student learning was positively impacted through the inclusion of technology in a learning activity. The learning activity must be uploaded to the Microsoft Educator Network along with a video describing the activity. All educators who are actively teaching in the classroom are welcome and encouraged to apply.
For school leaders
School leaders are selected to attend based on the
Microsoft Mentor School application process.
This application process includes creating a 2 - 3 minute video about the culture of innovation in your school.
The application process for the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum is closed.