Microsoft Learn Educator Center

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE)

About the program

Are you an educator (an educator can be a classroom teacher, a school leader a professional learning specialist/trainer, an instructional aide, a curriculum specialist, or anyone who impacts teaching and learning in their role), striving to find new ways to engage your students? If you’d like to connect with a global, professional learning community of other educators just like yourself who are constantly pushing the boundaries of what a classroom looks and feels like, we would love to have you as a part of our Microsoft Innovative Expert community!

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're 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.

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How to join the program

Once you've planned out your responses, nominate yourself here between May 15 and July 7, 2022 (global window), or between November 15 and December 15, 2022 (note: the United States doesn't accept nominations during this second window)

  1. Be sure that you have joined Microsoft Learn and created 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 in Learn.
  2. For nominations closing July 7, 2022: Ensure that you have successfully passed two hours of courses on the Learn Educator Center. Alternatively, you have attended at least 2 hours of professional development by an MIE Trainer and redeemed the provided achievement code in Microsoft Learn (or formerly MEC).
  3. For nominations in November 2022 and beyond: Ensure that you have successfully earned your Microsoft Educator and Advanced Educator badges.
  4. To prepare for the self-nominations, you will want to start collecting evidence and working through these questions: to plan your nomination. MIE Experts are expected to use at least two of our core tools on a regular basis (Teams, OneNote, Forms, Minecraft Education, Flip), and are expected to understand and demonstrate how our suite of solutions supports teaching and learning.

Nominations for 2022-2023 will open in May of 2022 and close July 7, 2022

We formally announce those in the program at the end of August 2022 in a blog post and by posting the official list.

What is the role of an MIE Expert?

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.

  • MIE Experts have adopted 21st century teaching and learning, take risks, and strive to improve their pedagogy to integrate technology tools that improve student outcomes.
  • They model that failure is an opportunity to reflect and learn as well as resiliency.
  • They are seen as a leader in their school and school system and provide coaching/mentoring to other teachers and support their growth.
  • They partner with principals and school leaders in whole school/system transformation.
  • They are comfortable presenting in front of other educators/leaders and sharing their stories of growth and learning.
  • They see the MIE Expert community as a valuable Professional Learning Community that helps them continue to improve their own practice and give back to the teaching profession (MIE Experts get back what they put into the program).