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Recognizing Innovation at Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot build 21st century skills in students. Technology is an accelerator, but alone it does not enable change. We believe in the power of the educator, and the impact educators can have when they are brought together and recognized for their achievements.

Our educator and schools programs were created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.

Before you nominate yourself for a program, be sure that you have created an account on our Microsoft Educator Community and completed your profile. If you are nominating yourself to become a MIE Expert, you must have earned your Certified MIE Badge first.

Read below for a brief overview of the three programs.

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MIE Expert MIE Experts help Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning. To become an MIE Expert, you must have joined the Microsoft Educator Community, become an active user of the community earned your Certified MIE Badge and demonstrate how you have incorporated Microsoft technologies in innovative ways in your classroom.

Announcement of global MIE Experts happens once per year in August.

See our current list of MIE Experts here

Before you start your self-nomination, be sure to read the recommended qualifications for becoming an MIE Expert.
Microsoft Schools Open to any school who has begun the journey to whole school transformation to improve teaching and learning. Once you've joined the Microsoft Schools program, your leadership team will be eligible to engage with other Microsoft Schools and Showcase School leaders through our vibrant Yammer community. You'll find out what other schools are doing, learn from them and share your experiences, ideas and suggestions

See our current list of Microsoft Schools here

Before you start your self-nomination, be sure to read the recommended qualifications for becoming a Microsoft School.
Principal/Head Teacher
Showcase Schools Microsoft Showcase Schools come in all shapes and sizes, and each has made a commitment to educational transformation. Despite their diversity, there are common characteristics that define these schools and their leaders:

  1. They employ Microsoft’s K-12 Education Transformation Framework as a start-point in building a school-wide vision for digital transformation
  2. They are innovators, evidenced through the leader’s actions and attitudes, and show a commitment to the K-12 Education Transformation journey
  3. The school leader empowers educators and students to innovate and exercise a growth mindset
  4. They demonstrate an innovative use of technology, using Microsoft solutions to develop 21st century skills and improve student outcomes
  5. They are learning-leaders who actively connect with other educators locally and globally, sharing best practices through Microsoft Innovative Educator and/or Expert program(s)

Read here for more information about how to qualify as a Showcase School

Learn more about the Microsoft Schools Programs
School Leader/Principal
Microsoft Flagship Schools The Microsoft Flagship School Program partners with like-minded leaders from around the world across a multi-year engagement to design, develop, and deliver amazing new places to learn. This program is designed to select a limited number of schools who share our vision of creating holistic examples of transformation in action. We are excited to learn more about the school/institution you are planning to construct and the incredible learning spaces we may have the opportunity to partner with you on.

Only fill this nomination in if you are building a new school that has an opening date at least 12months from today’s date.
Project Team, Principal, Developer, Partner

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