As the world continues to emerge from one of the most challenging disruptions in modern history, it’s important to acknowledge that collaboration, teamwork, and partnership have been instrumental in helping our communities work toward recovery and reimagine education for the future. Teachers, education leaders, staff, and parents have worked together to rethink the way learning is delivered and find ways to keep students engaged in their learning journey. 

“We know that there is an entire generation of students for whom this interruption could have been much worse if not for the massive effort you have all given; your determination and commitment to support your students, your schools, and your communities; your willingness to adopt new technologies, and your instincts to make them a natural extension of your environment. Your passion and commitment have been humbling to witness. Thank you.” — Anthony Salcito, VP of Education, Microsoft

The ongoing transformation of education has been supported by innovations imagined and created by a wide range of groups, from teachers to education technology developers. Our Microsoft Partner Network has made incredible contributions, and we’re looking forward to recognizing their outstanding successes, and celebrating the incredible impact that they make for students around the world at Microsoft Inspire (July 14 and 15, 2021). 

We also want to congratulate this year’s Partner of the Year Award winner, Classera

Classera joined Microsoft in 2019 and was re-launched as a modern learning management aystem (LMS) solution on Microsoft Azure. With its deep integration to Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, Classera introduced the “Learning Never Stops” initiative, empowering educational institutions and ministries to ensure continuity of education and strengthening Microsoft’s business relationships with EdTech partners and customers. 

Classera’s modern approach to learning—including gamification, artificial intelligence, social learning, and Teams integration—focuses on driving higher engagement from all stakeholders in general, and students in particular, and has been vital to success in the LMS market. Additionally, Classera’s innovative go-to-market strategies have helped fuel accelerated growth. Classera’s partnership has been valuable in advancing the education industry and empowering schools through digital transformation. We congratulate them for their incredible work and are glad to count them as a Microsoft partner. 

Throughout the changing dynamics of the past 18 months, Microsoft Education and our many partner organizations around the world have listened to teachers, students, and families while working with leaders of public and private organizations to deliver learning options for all circumstances: face-to-face, remote, and hybrid. 

“Microsoft Education is committed to building safe, scalable student-centered technology that engages all students, wherever they are, and helps them gain skills to succeed in school and in life. Our partner organizations, like Classera, develop innovative products that expand accessibility, unlock creativity, and empower educators to connect and inspire their students. We thank all of our partners for the incredible work they’ve been doing and look forward to seeing even more innovations in the coming year.” — Paige Johnson, VP of Education Marketing, Microsoft

Partnerships between innovative companies and government agencies have empowered education ministers and leaders to provide devices and software for their students, teachers, and schools, and have enabled flexible, engaging learning from anywhere.

As more and more schools and higher education institutions return to in-person and/or hybrid classes, it’s clear that the technology used during the pandemic has become indispensable. Whether face-to-face or remote, the communication, collaboration, and inclusive, immersive experiences that EdTech empowers will continue to be essential to driving student-centric education experiences and providing educators with the information and data they need to ensure all students are engaged and successful on their education journey.

If you’re one of our EdTech partners or independent software vendors (ISVs), make sure you apply to join the Microsoft Education ISV Partner campaign. And to all of our partner organizations, we thank you for the powerful solutions and services you provide that bring classrooms into the future.

For education companies seeking support to add more value to your marketing, sales, and services, visit our Microsoft Partner Network page to learn how we can help you succeed.