If you think back and reminisce about your own early education experience, it is hard not to forget the teachers that made a difference in your life.  The teachers you can still recall 10, 20, 30 years later because of how they inspired you in the classroom probably made a lasting impression and helped shape you into the person you’ve become.  Today is the day we can express our appreciation and admiration by celebrating World Teachers' Day.  This special recognition was designated by UNESCO back in 1994 to mark the anniversary of the 1966 signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers which addresses teacher policies, rights and responsibilities.

Partners in Learning is our ten year, $500 million global investment that since 2003 has reached nearly 8 million teachers in 115 countries. The program is aimed at improving teaching and learning through access to IT, localized curricula, professional development resources and training, and support for the Partners in Learning Network…which is now active in 59 countries, making it one of the world’s largest social networks for teachers. Engaging teachers are the number one predictor of student success…and we want to help equip teachers with the skills they need to build lasting impressions.  

Educators aren’t often celebrated enough and Microsoft is proud to recognize their work and accomplishments at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum at the end of the month in Cape Town, South Africa. There will be about 500 amazing educators that have competed at their country and regional levels to attend the worldwide event…and I’m excited to get the chance to meet some of the best and most creative teachers that are making a difference in their classrooms.

There are great examples all around the world of teachers making a difference and preparing today’s children to be college and career ready. The video below provides just a glimpse of the great work happening in Australia, Austria, Thailand and Nigeria.

Be sure to thank and express your appreciation to a teacher today…for the great work they do and in advance of that student who will assuredly remember their efforts 10, 20, 30 years down the road.