2012 US Forum

Showcase and celebrate innovative teaching

Show us how you engage students in problem-solving, inspire their creativity, and prepare them for life ahead. You could be selected to attend the forum in Redmond, Washington, July 31 – August 1. Winners there will proceed to the 2012 Global Forum in Athens, Greece.

"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
 has no end
.” – Cheryl Arnett, 1st/2nd grade teacher, Colorado (two-time

Making teachers superstars

See why these educators think you should apply for this year’s US Forum. Watch video.


First round finalists have been selected

Forty four educators from Florida to Washington state are ready to attend this year’s U.S. Forum. (See finalists and their projects.) Apply before May 15 for your chance to join them.


Forum application details

  • Who can apply?

    • K-12 educators or teams of two educators based in the United States who lead class projects that use technology to positively impact student learning
    • School leaders based in the United States who direct programs and initiatives that use technology to enhance education throughout the school community
  • Project requirements

    • Projects should demonstrate the innovative use of technology
    • Projects must include the use of one or more Microsoft technologies
    • Projects must impact teaching and learning at the K–12 level in the United States
  • Steps to apply now

    1. Select a project you believe has had a positive impact on student learning.
    2. Apply online. (You will be able to save your work and return to it as needed.)
  • Application submission and selection

    • You or your team must submit your application online.
    • Final application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time May 15, 2012.
    • Applications received by April 1, 2012 will be included in the “early decision” round. We will notify the chosen applicants by April 15, 2012. All other chosen applicants will be notified by June 1, 2012.
    • If selected, you will be invited to participate in the July 31–August 1, 2012 event in Redmond, Washington.
    • During the Redmond event, winners will be chosen and invited to represent the U.S. at the Global Forum in Athens, Greece in November 2012.
    • There is no fee to attend and travel expenses for both events are supported by Microsoft.
  • About Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum

    The Partners in Learning Global Forum is the signature program of Microsoft Partners in Learning to honor innovative teachers and schools, and to showcase how technology can further educational transformation by being appropriately incorporated into curricula, pedagogy, and classrooms. Partners in Learning is the 10-year, nearly $500 million commitment by Microsoft to help education systems around the world. Since its inception in 2003, the Partners in Learning program has reached more than 196 million teachers and students in 114 countries.

  • Terms and conditions

    If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability/Publicity Release, and a W-9 tax form or W-8BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. In addition, if you are a public sector employee (including education or government), we will require you to sign and return a gift letter signed by your education institution’s ethics officer or attorney. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up.

Win an Xbox and Kinect for your school

Computer science, graphic design, and technology educators: You might win an Xbox 360 and Kinect for your school.

Here’s how:

  • Computer science, graphic design, or technology educators who are selected to participate in the forum are eligible to win an Xbox 360 and Kinect for their school.
  • When you apply online to the Forum, be sure to select which Microsoft web design or software development tools are used in your project.
  • Educators eligible to win the Xbox 360 and Kinect must submit a gifting letter.