As we conclude a short holiday work week, we lead a special edition of the weekly wrap up with a timely story on the transformative power of education and technology. 

Goodwill in Our Hearts

In 2009, a letter to a Johannesburg, South Africa-based radio station set in motion a life-changing series of events, starting with an eponymous journey from Microsoft certification to a new life. Discover how one man's story inspired Microsoft to donate 5,000 Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams. Microsoft Learning GM Lutz Ziob introduces the story of Goodwill Khuzwayo, told in his own words:

Microsoft IT Academy Launches in 450 Chilean Schools 

This past Friday, November 16, Chile's Ministry of Education, Harald Bayer, and Microsoft Chile General Manager Luiz Marcelo announced a new national initiative aimed at equipping high school students with crucial computer skills to better prepare for the job market. The Microsoft IT Academy program will launch in 450 schools nationwide, providing hundreds of thousands of students with the tools for career success. Read about the initiative in the Santiago Times.  


Microsoft IT Academy Virtual Event
November 29, 2012

The next Microsoft IT Academy Virtual Event is right around the corner. Join fellow members on November 29, 2012 for a 1-hour session on the newest benefits released within the program. We'll walk you through the new courses and exams available for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, provide you a certification roadmap you can use to help facilitate career conversations with your students, and more.  

Have your Microsoft IT Academy ID ready for this exclusive event when you register here.

Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012
 November 28 - December 1, 2012

Microsoft Partners in Learning celebrates the world's most innovative educators and school leaders for bringing technology to life in the classroom and impacting millions of students. Microsoft Partners in Learning hosts national and regional events throughout the year that recognize innovative educators and school leaders. These competitions culminate in the Partners in Learning Global Forum.

This year’s Global Forum will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from November 28 - December 1, 2012. The Global Forum – with the theme, “Your ideas matter” – will bring together more than 500 of the most innovative teachers, school leaders, education leaders, and government officials from 75 countries.

Learn more about this year's event

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