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Microsoft Corporation has invited us to be a part of their Innovative Schools Program Conference in Oulu, Finland on November 2nd and 3rd 2007. This conference will bring 12 innovative schools from 12 countries to share ideas about implementing educational transformation. FI was selected by Microsoft to conduct a workshop that shares our experience in this area and to advise the Innovative Schools as they progress on their journeys.

Here is an excerpt from the Microsoft Press release announcing the program: 31 January 2007: Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates today announced a significant worldwide expansion of the company’s Innovative Schools program as part of his keynote address at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum (GLF) Europe. Tailored to meet local community needs, the Innovative Schools program will be rolled out in the following 12 locations: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, SAR Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, Qatar, Sweden and the UK.

“Education is key to economic development and competitiveness,” Gates said before the event. “It’s key to fostering the social and economic conditions needed for entrepreneurs to succeed, for workers to prosper in the knowledge economy and for everyone to realize their full potential. Microsoft is committed to helping strengthen education by working in partnership with educators, policymakers and students around the world.”

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