96 teachers recognized as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs)
Gateway College, the only Microsoft Showcase School in Sri Lanka and one among only 241 in the world in 2019, set a record this year when Microsoft Education awarded ninety-six of its teachers the prestigious title of Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2020-2021. Each year, Microsoft selects Innovative Educator Experts to be part of the exclusive global community paving the way for their peers to share ideas, try new approaches, and learn from each other. These educators join a group of some of the most amazing educators who empower students of today to create the world of tomorrow.
Education for tomorrow has always been a key focus of Gateway College and the school has been at the forefront of ushering best practices in education both locally and internationally. Gateway shares Microsoft’s belief that technology alone cannot build 21st century skills for students. It is an accelerator, but the power of change lies with educators. That is why Gateway College invests heavily on the professional development of its educators. Every teacher is trained in Microsoft tools and introduced to the Microsoft Educator Community. Having all 550 teachers engaged in online delivery, Gateway has achieved a remarkable feat with the school now having one MIE Fellow, 96 MIE Experts and the rest as MIEs.
Microsoft has recognized these educators to be MIE Experts because they are self-driven, passionate about their work, have true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking in technology education. As agents of change, they have achieved excellence in education, using technology and social media. Gateway facilitates these passionate teachers by providing futuristic technology and ICT infrastructure that melds technology with the classroom environment, catering to students of all learning styles.
Microsoft recently identified Gateway as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for their innovative practices during the last few months that included online examinations, virtual avurudu and vesak celebrations, the online sports programme, the conduct of a soft skills programme, and the formation and conduct of clubs and societies even during school closures.
The school continues to be a step ahead in preparing for the next phase of ‘back to school’, Gateway has made sure that they address all aspects needed for students to receive the ‘all-round’ education that the school believes in. Plans are underway at Gateway College to assist students to adjust to the new normal with a healthy mix of traditional teaching and online learning. The need for a new approach to learning has never been more evident and Gateway hopes to adopt a hybrid approach that builds on the successes of flipped, blended, remote, distance and online learning to intentionally create learner- centered experiences that are profoundly personalized, relevant and engaging.