Viktor Rydberg School Foundation near Stockholm, is one of more than 40 educational institutions that uses Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Schools Program. “Established in 2007 as a pilot program, the initiative connects educators from around the world and enables them to share ideas and best practices. The goal’s to create new learning models that inspire students to engage more deeply and direct their own education, as well as to prepare them for a rapidly changing, connected world. Community support comes from Mentor Schools in the program, such as County Meath VEC, a district in Ireland that has transformed education from standard lecture format to a more interactive, student-centered approach.” “Innovative Schools Program is made up of 12 Mentor Schools and 30 Pathfinder Schools, as well as third-party experts and government ministry representatives. Mentor Schools have successfully transformed their approach to teaching and implemented technology into learning environment. These schools share their expertise and offer support to Pathfinder Schools as they move through similar processes in their own regions. Pathfinder Schools demonstrate a strong vision for how they would like to transform their learning environment and are enthusiastic about collaborating with other educators from around the world. These schools’ve community and professional support for the change process and strong school-level leadership,” Microsoft.