Local Teacher Inducted into Microsoft’s Expert Educator program


LSU University Laboratory School is proud to announce that Jennifer Bevill has been selected to take part in Microsoft’s Expert Educator program, created to recognize educators and schools globally who are using technology to transform education. Mrs. Bevill was selected by Microsoft for her use of technology to drive student attainment. The project featured in her application was “Breaking Barriers."

Breaking Barriers is a 5-week unit in which students investigated stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination (SPD) from a personal, local, and global perspective. Juniors and seniors enrolled in informational technology classes investigated these topics using news, interviews, search engines, and personal experiences. The goal of the unit was to inform others about the harm of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination in hopes that we can break barriers that exist between groups in our society. The technology skills incorporated to aid students in their learning were Sky Drive, OneNote, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Tag, AutoCollage, Movie Editing software including Movie Maker, Scratch (to teach basic programming), and Skype.

 “Microsoft Expert Educators and Mentor schools are inspiring examples of how individuals and schools are using technology to prepare their students for the 21st Century,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft Corp. “Not only are they doing innovative work in the classroom, but they are actively mentoring others and creating change within their own education systems. They set an outstanding example for their peers and we are confident that they will benefit from the access to technology they receive as part of Microsoft’s ongoing programs.”

This year, the Expert Educator program selected 250 educators to be part of an exclusive global community of education leaders who use technology to positively impact learning and student outcomes. To be selected, educators undergo a rigorous application process; they are required to fill out an online application, create a learning activity and a two-to-three minute non-professionally produced video that describes their project and how they used technology and innovative teaching practices to impact student outcomes. The winners are selected by a worldwide group of judges who used a broad set of criteria to assess the educators’ evidence of learning, collaboration, knowledge construction and critical thinking among other things. 

Expert Educators work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education, advocate and share their experiences with effective uses of technology in education with their peers and policy makers. In addition, they mentor other educators and help train them in education technologies and Microsoft products and tools.

To be considered for an Expert Educator, educators must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and the ability to overcome obstacles in preparing students to be 21st century learners. Educators are selected based on their innovation, leadership skills and effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.

Expert Educators receive a range of benefits including:

  • An invitation to attend the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain taking place in March 2014
  • Free Surface devices for their schools
  • Insider access to Microsoft strategy and technologies
  • Professional and career development opportunities and certifications including peer coaching

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected as one of Microsoft’s Expert Educators!” said Mrs. Bevill. “I look forward to making the most of the mentoring and learning opportunities that are now available to me, as well as being able to connect with like-minded educators at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. Being a Microsoft Expert Educator will help me to increase learning outcomes for my students, as well as drive technology in education on a global stage.”

About University Lab School
The University Laboratory School was established by the College of Education, now known as the College of Human Sciences & Education, of Louisiana State University and has operated under its auspices for nearly 100 years. This coeducational school exists as an independent system to provide training opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers and to serve as a demonstration and educational research center. The school is located on the main campus of LSU in Baton Rouge.

Visit the University Lab School at www.uhigh.lsu.edu

About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at chse.lsu.edu.