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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 15, 2015 –LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent has been selected as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.

LaurenHill joins an exclusive community of over 400 premier schools from around the world, recognized to celebrate their truly pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment in order to drive deep 21st century competencies.  LaurenHill is presently in its second year as a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school. Teachers have enthusiastically began flipping classrooms, using skype in the classroom, and using collaborative tools to help increase student engagement and learning.

“I am very happy with Vice-Principal Michael Brown’s initiative in helping us being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School,” commented LaurenHill Principal Claude Dansereau. “This is an amazing honor and recognition of the passion our teachers and staff have for creating the best learning environments possible. We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world to continue finding innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.”

As a Showcase School, LaurenHIll will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community on transformational educational practices.

“Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school, ” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalized education to students empowering them to achieve more.”

As well as being recognized on a global scale for their innovative approach to educating tomorrow’s workforce, Showcase Schools also receive the following benefits from Microsoft as part of the program:

• Collaboration with an international group of thought leaders
• Special pricing on SteelCase Education learning classroom furniture
• Microsoft Innovative Educators Experts (MIE Experts) on staff to help drive innovation and to support staff, peers and students
• Access to professional development for Educators within their school
• Invitations to regional and global events
• Monthly community webinars and Yammer group discussion, exclusive to Showcase Schools
• Email signature and digital signage



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
(514) 483-7200, ext. 7243


Michael Brown
LaurenHill Academy Junior Campus
514-331-8019 EXT# 5663

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213