The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program

Are you a teacher striving to find new ways to engage your students? If you’d like to connect with a global, professional learning community of other teachers, just like yourself, who are constantly pushing the boundaries of what a classroom looks and feels like, we have a step-by-step guide for you below.

Microsoft supports a thriving community of passionate educators who are constantly learning, growing and working together to change students’ lives and build a better world. The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is a premier program created to recognize global educator visionaries like yourself.

We are looking for self-driven educators who are passionate about teaching and learning, who inspire students with creative thinking, and work in a truly collaborative spirit to share their learning with the world. MIE Experts share their learning with colleagues and other educators through local training programs in their own school systems, presentations at conferences, blogs, social channels, and more. Resourceful and entrepreneurial, they relish the role of change agent, and work to achieve excellence in education using Microsoft technologies coupled with their innovative teaching practices.

How to join the program
Self-nominations for the 2020/2021 cohort will be accepted May 1 – July 15, 2020
You are welcome to nominate yourself at any time, however, we will only formally announce those in the program at the end of August, 2020 in a blog post and by posting the official list (this is 2019’s list).

Step 1:

Be sure that you have joined the Microsoft Educator Center and completed your profile. You will need to download your transcript, put it in a location in which you can share it, then create and share a URL to your transcript as a part of the nomination process. You can find your transcript by going into your profile on MEC.

Step 2:

Ensure that you have successfully passed two hours of courses on the Microsoft Educator Community and earned your Certified MIE. You must be a Certified MIE to become (or stay) an MIE Expert.

Step 3:

Create a 2-minute video or Sway that answers the following questions in a manner that creatively expresses what makes you a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. To share the video/Sway in your nomination, you will need to post it somewhere that allows you to create a URL to share it.

– Why do you consider yourself to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert?

– Describe how you have incorporated Microsoft technologies in innovative ways in your classroom. Include artifacts that demonstrate your innovation. Your examples should demonstrate that you have cultivated a strong 21st century teaching and learning environment.

– How have you impacted the learning and growth of your colleagues? Have you reached beyond your classroom to coach/support other teachers in their growth?

– If you become a MIE-Expert, how do you hope it will impact your current role in the next 12 months?

Link to nominate yourself will be available beginning May 1
MIE Experts have the following opportunities:
Access to professional and career development opportunities and certifications
Share your expertise with world-renowned educators and specialists to scale their innovations
Build educator capacity in your community (school, district or at training events) by speaking, training and/or coaching colleagues and inviting them to participate in the online Microsoft Educator Community
Participate in focus groups giving feedback to development teams on Microsoft products
Test new products while in beta form and participate in pre-release programs for certain education-related tools
Represent Microsoft through product demonstrations and by attending events
Collaborate with innovative educators around the globe
Host regional events showcasing your use of Microsoft technology in the classroom
MIE Experts will be selected by the regional Microsoft representative based on the quality of the responses to the self-nomination form, the level of innovation and use of Microsoft tools described in the learning activity and the level of detail in how becoming a part of the program will impact both teaching and student learning.

MIEEs will be next publicly announced at the end of August 2020 in our “What’s New in EDU” video and blog

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