Why we need to pass House Bill 1813 in Washington state

Hour of Code, education, computer science

Over the past two years, Microsoft and our allies worked to broaden access to computer science in high school. Half the states now allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation. Yet every student should be able to learn this subject. It’s time for Washington state to make computer science really count by passing House Bill 1813. That’s why I joined leaders from education, non-profits, and business in Read more »

Microsoft and The Seattle Times team up to host discussion on importance of early learning

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On Wednesday, Microsoft had the opportunity to host an important discussion about early learning in Washington state. We sponsored the conversation as part of The Seattle Times’ new LiveWire event series. LiveWire events address vital issues impacting our region and its people by bringing together local and national experts for provocative conversations moderated by a Seattle Times journalist. The early learning program did just that. Last night’s event was moderated by The Seattle Read more »

California lawmakers consider legislation allowing computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements


Continuing the momentum on computer science education, on Wednesday the California State Assembly Committee on Education held a hearing to consider legislation that would allow computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements. The legislation, AB 1764, sponsored by California State Assembly members Kristin Olsen and Joan Buchanan, was passed by the committee and would allow computer science courses to count as a math or science credit. Why does Read more »

Idaho the latest state to make computer science courses count toward high school graduation requirements

Continuing the momentum we’ve seen across the country on computer science education, Idaho recently joined a growing number of states that allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. We applaud Idaho for taking this important step, which will help prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow while supporting American innovation. Under the leadership of Gov. Butch Otter, the Idaho State Board of Education, State Read more »

Making important progress on computer science education

This week, we have seen tremendous enthusiasm and excitement from more than 13 million students who are learning a new language. The language? Computer Science. Across the country and around the world, students have been celebrating Computer Science Education Week by participating in Hour of Code events. In partnership with Code.org, Microsoft has been hosting Hour of Code programs at our retail stores and with our YouthSpark partners, witnessing the Read more »

Microsoft, The Atlantic & National Journal Present “A New America: How Millennials are Sparking Change” town hall

On Dec. 6, Microsoft, in partnership with The Atlantic and National Journal, hosted the first in a series of traveling town halls to explore the opportunities, inclinations and impact of the millennial generation as it faces an increasingly connected world and competitive workplace. “A New America: How Millennials Are Sparking Change” combines the knowledge of seasoned leaders with the ambitions of young iconoclasts who are changing the world from the Read more »

Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education

On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. The hearing, titled “Our Nation of Builders: Training the Builders of the Future,” included a panel of industry and policy experts examining the critical business need for workers trained in STEM fields Read more »

Microsoft announces new Student Advantage program to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs


I’m thrilled to announce a new benefit designed to empower students worldwide with the technological skills they need to compete in today’s (and tomorrow’s) workforce: it’s called Student Advantage. Beginning Dec. 1, any academic institution that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Student Advantage makes it easy for qualifying institutions to provide students with the latest version of full Read more »

IDC study reveals skills today’s students need to succeed in tomorrow’s unimagined world

On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute towards well-prepared students. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020. I often reflect on the careers that exist today, that weren’t even an idea when I was in primary and secondary school. My role at Microsoft Read more »

Microsoft joins Code.org ‘Hour of Code’ initiative

In a post over on The Official Microsoft Blog on Monday, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced Microsoft has joined Code.org, a nationwide campaign urging schools, teachers and parents across the country to participate in the “Hour of Code” Initiative. Held during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9 to Dec. 15), this initiative will help introduce more than 10 million students Read more »