Have You Registered for the Upcoming "College & Career Readiness Day"? Don't Delay!

We're just over two weeks away from College & Career Readiness Day, our special two-hour live virtual event on February 13 and 18. If you haven't done so, mark your calendar and register today. The Microsoft IT Academy team is gearing up for an informative, engaging and interactive event, featuring educators and experts who will deliver insights into guiding students to successful careers, as well as discuss the latest career prospects for technology-focused students. Your questions will be answered live, so don’t miss this special opportunity!

Choose the event time that fits your schedule and register today!
Thursday, February 13 | 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time 
February 18th | 12:00-14:00 Asia/Singapore / 15:00-17:00 P.M. Sydney

Learn more and register today!

Wondering whether you should attend? Here are five reasons you need to be there!

Monthly Webinar Videos Now on YouTube
You can now watch excerpts from past monthly webinars on YouTube, right from your desktop or mobile device. The ITA Webinar Series playlist features presentations from the IT Academy team and guests about topics that matter most to you. Be sure to check out the three newest videos from our December webinar on professional development resources and opportunities for educators:

Professional Development for IT Academy Instructors
Heidi Johnson, Senior Product Manager for Microsoft IT Academy, provides an overview of training, certification, and other valuable professional development resources available to IT Academy instructors.

Using IT Academy for Professional Educator Development
Katherine Schmit, Business and Technology Instructor at Kalama High School (Kalama, WA), provides an overview of professional development resources available to IT Academy instructors. Learn how certifications such as Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) validate technology skills for teachers and students, and find out about training materials ranging from Microsoft e-learning to official courseware.

MTA: Foundations of Knowledge
Justin Crompton—Information Technology Teacher/MCT, Academy at Central High Point, NC—shares the value of Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification, the foundation for technology training. Justin shares how MTA helps students prove their passion and fundamental technical skills as they explore academic and career options, and sets the course for advanced Microsoft training and certification.

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In Other News...

International Education Forums Promote Knowledge-Sharing, Honor Visionaries

The 2014 Education World Forum (EWF) and British Education Technology & Training (BETT) Show are wrapping up. This year's EWF theme, Empowering Ministers of Education with Transformational Change, an invitation-only event targeted at national ministers of education and their delegations, is designed to inspire top-down change. Last year’s EWF included over 100 education ministers, representing over 90 countries. Read about the event in this TechNet blog post by Anthony Salcito, Microsoft VP of Worldwide Education.

"While education reform requires hard work and support from many fronts—students, teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers—the national ministers of education have very specific and unique pressures and perspectives," Salcito says. "EWF exposes them to the ideas of global education visionaries, and then empowers them to advocate for change."

The annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum, taking place in Barcelona, March 11 to 14, will recognize and celebrate the achievements of educators who are preparing students for life in the 21st century. Attending educators, school leaders, and education and government leaders from 75 countries will honor this year's recipients of Microsoft Expert Educator and Microsoft Mentor School awards.

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