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MSCLC – Lessons in Innovation: Educating all Students

October 23, 2012

Lessons in Innovation: Educating all Students
Speakers: Superintendent Randy Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State and Malcolm Knox, President, CCI Learning Solutions Inc., Vancouver, BC

Washington State Microsoft IT Academy Program – A Case Study

Malcolm spoke about some of the benefits of the Microsoft IT Academy Program. Currently offer Microsoft Office Specialist, and Microsoft Office Expert, Microsoft Technology Associate.

Every high school in Washington State has access to the program. (604)

Malcolm showed some statistics and information from a number of schools who have participated in the program, and how growth has been exponential year over year for kids acquiring certification while in high school.

Superintendent Randy Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Note this is an elected position – Randy received over 50% of the vote in the primary, so he’s running unopposed.

IT Academy is offered to every high school in the state, free of charge, and available in their home school. This was key in kids wanted to do it in their own school, and not have to go somewhere else.

Has this made a difference?

Randy started yelling, and doing a voiceover while the song “What a feeling” was playing. Boy, was it funny and interesting! His key was you need to be involved, get out from behind the desk, and engage your learners.

Washington state has 1.05 million students. Currently are about 63% White, but by 2020 expecting to be 50/50. Have about 2400 schools. 18,700 students took at least one online course. Currently do not require students to take an online course to graduate.

“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have become convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth” – Aristotle

Being comfortable is the biggest danger preventing people from moving to the future. – Randy

Because the Student
Because the student has a need, we have a job to do.
Because the student has a choice, we must be the preferred choice.
Because the student has feelings, we must be considerate.
Because the student has an immediate need, we must be timely.
Because the student is unique, we must be flexible.
Because the student has high expectations, we must excel.
Because the student is the future we must seek continuous improvement

Keys for new programs in Washington State

In the State of Washington, when they look at implementing a new program, the new program must meet all four of these qualities, or it won’t be considered.

“Kids don’t want to sit and get learning – they want to do it”

“I taught, but the student didn’t learn” – Huh? This is huge.

Randy has a very effective method of involving his audience. We don’t have to think about it, we just have to do it. I haven’t heard so much loud music or audience participation in a very long time.



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