to Concord’s MIE Experts

Tuesday December 21, 2021

The end of term marked the recognition of Concord’s Microsoft Innovative Education Experts (MIE Experts) – with Microsoft contacting the College to congratulate staff on their ‘EdTech’ journeys. Earlier in the year, it was announced that Concord had achieved Microsoft Showcase School status – an accolade only given to hundreds of schools around the world each year. And it could not have been achieved without the hard work, commitment and innovation of a number of staff. In a recent email to the College, Jennifer King – Microsoft Schools Engagement Lead said: “Congratulations! Your institution has 9 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts! This prestigious achievement reflects your institution’s investment in your staff and digital strategy.” The MIE Experts recognised are Richard Beard (Head of Chemistry), Lee Garland (Head of Physics), Daniel Wilson (Assistant Principal), Tim Curtis (Computer Science), Steven Cale (Geography), Jane Somerville (Head of Modern Languages), Helen Archer (Assistant Boarding Parent), Phoebe Jesshope (Mathematics) and Rosina Hudson (Biology). Congratulations to each of them, described as ‘dedicated educators of the future’, chosen through nomination and a selective application process. Said Jennifer King: “MIE Experts are self-driven, passionate about their work, have true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students. They are leaders and able to help support colleagues and senior leadership teams in digital skills and strategy. “They are at the frontline of innovation in pedagogy, technology and training in education.” She added: “As your leadership team is now reimagining the future of education in your institution, your MIE Experts can be a catalyst to promote a cultural change to digital transformation in your staff.” Part of the MIE Expert’s role is to connect the power of the MIE Community – locally, in the UK and further afield, fostering the development of EdTech support and professional development in one’s own institution and to other schools and communities. In addition to the written recognition, Microsoft have also sent a ‘celebration package’ to the College’s MIE Experts which they will receive in the New Year. Speaking of the achievement, Concord’s IT Teaching and Learning Lead (ITTL), Mr Richard Beard commented: “We are proud to have had the hard work of nine members of staff recognised by Microsoft, for their innovative use of EdTech in their lessons to enhance student progress and in training others as Digital Champions in their subject area. “The school uses a system of training that allows creativity and collaboration at its heart. “By having nine MIE Experts who are constantly looking ahead at the advances made for the benefit of learning; we can only look forward to the future that will come whilst focusing on preparing our young people for life in the 21st Century workplace.”