The Global EdTech Academy – a partnership between CUE and Microsoft Education
Published Jun 22 2020 09:00 AM 11.2K Views

Guest author - Jon Corippo, Chief Learning Officer at


In mid-March 2020, education shifted. Powerful outside forces fully disrupted the classic paradigm known as “school.” In a sense, every teacher was now a first-year educator, rapidly developing new skills, trying to engage their students, and struggling with an overload of new applications, tools, and workflows in a highly-compressed timeframe – literally unlike anything ever seen in modern times.


Paradoxically, the classic professional development model of face-to-face training was also nearly 100% shutdown at exactly the same moment. The educators’ need was the greatest in history, and right at that exact same moment - support was nearly eliminated.

We sensed an opportunity to flip the equation - making professional development more available and more customized than ever. CUE and Microsoft are partnering on the Global EdTech Academy is the result.

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400 sessions with top educators, free Professional Development through September

Sponsored by Microsoft and delivered by the profession learning provider CUE (an educational nonprofit), the Global EdTech Academy (GETA) is up and running across the globe. Professional and equity minded learning and equity  at no cost to districts, schools, or individual teachers. The GETA team is comprised of more than 30 educators who span the globe, providing just-what-educators-need professional development via Microsoft Teams at no cost. There are nearly FOUR HUNDRED of these free sessions scheduled through mid-September.


To explore the list of speakers and sessions, book mark these two URLs:

Many of the best and brightest educational trainers are unable to travel and lead schools and districts in their educational innovation right now, sidelined by the inability to travel safely. The GETA project leverages this capacity to allow professional development to continue, without being bound by time or space.



CUE and Microsoft have teamed up with innovators, authors, and leaders, like Matt Miller, Holly Clark, Ken Shelton, Mark Anderson, Tara Linney, Pernille Ripp, Jon Corippo, Brett Salakas, Pip Cleaves, Kathi Kersznowski, and many others for professional development that’s pedagogy and passion-driven - using the very best of the Microsoft tools available.


3 types of sessions -

The Global EdTech Academy offers three types of sessions for educators:

  1. Sessions (lively sharing of great pedagogical practices and how Microsoft tools support great academics)
  2. CUE Master Classes (three sessions on a theme, each with a model lesson to execute in classrooms, with feedback from the session leader).
  3. Office hours (unstructured time to plan, chat, and solve local needs)


Sessions are all shared in Pacific times, but they are nicely spread out through the day and week so many time zones can share in the learning. And if educators miss or cannot attend a session, they’ll be recorded and shared via the website for viewing at any time.




Find any past session on the GETA YouTube Playlist

If you miss a session, it’s easy to find at our playlist:


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More information for the Global EdTech Academy can be viewed through the website here. The master schedule can be accessed here; sessions are updated weekly. To follow the event via Twitter, follow the hashtags #GETA, #MicrosoftEDU, and #WeAreCUE. 

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