Introducing the 2014-2015 Class of Education Innovators

This week, we're bringing together some of the brightest school leaders, policy makers, partners and experts in the Americas to explore the technology and tools that have the potential to revolutionize both teaching and learning. Between digital content creation and consumption in the cloud, global collaboration, social networking and mobility, real change is already happening in classrooms around the world. We'll be celebrating that progress, but just as important, looking ahead to the next wave of innovation that promises to reshape education from top to bottom.

Innovative Educators and Schools Lead the Way

More than 15 Latin American countries, along with the U.S. and Canada, are expected at the Forum, along with some of this year's class of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and Microsoft Showcase Schools – a class we're thrilled to announce today. This group of over 800 teachers and over 150 schools represents the best of the best when it comes to using technology to reinforce critical 21st century skills. And even more important, they're driving real impact and outcomes. The group is significantly larger than last year's class – with nearly three times the number of educators and more than triple the number of schools – reflecting Microsoft's goal of increasing the worldwide pool of innovators and collaborators.

Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts – Transforming Teaching with Technology

Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are selected each year based on their innovative use of classroom technology – from cloud storage to mobile and everything in between. They integrate progressive pedagogy with advanced technology to advance learning and better prepare students for the jobs of the future.

In being chosen, these education thought leaders join an exclusive global community dedicated to trying new approaches, sharing ideas and learning from each other. They receive free tools and technology, including Office 365 Pro Plus (along with an IT Academy certification); participate in cases studies, speaking engagements and content development; and are eligible to earn an all-expense paid trip to the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Redmond, Washington next April, 2015. These experts not only advise Microsoft on technology development; they also advise other educational institutions and their peers on how to integrate technology in pedagogically sound ways – a key pillar (and differentiator) for Microsoft in Education.

The experience can be life-changing. Here's what just a few Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts have told us:

"The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program has given me the tools and access to the most innovative teachers in the world, helping me become the teacher my students deserve."
– Todd LaVogue, USA

"The international projects and community of learners [of the Microsoft in Education programs] enable students and teachers to participate in global efforts and be inspired. These efforts make them proud as they know their work is important."
– María Lorraine de Ruiz-Alma, Dominical Republic

"The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert experience enabled me to personally transform into the ultimate change agent for empowering education at the highest level. The opportunity to build vision with worldwide leaders and leverage a global educator community has inspired me to take new approaches for new possibilities with amazing tools like Office 365, Microsoft Educator Network free tools and resources, Windows Apps, and much more!"
– Joshua Sawyer, USA


Showcase Schools – Driving Institutional Change

Like Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts, leaders from Microsoft Showcase Schools have demonstrated a strong vision for educational change and have applied their vision to transforming whole schools. These leaders create an environment where both students and educators thrive by placing students at the center of their own learning and giving educators opportunities to embrace innovation in the classroom. Microsoft technology is deployed school-wide, and their experiences are shared with other schools – thus accelerating the pace of reform worldwide.

Showcase Schools share our belief that a 1:1 learning environment can have a profound impact not only on how students learn, but on measurable outcomes. They place a priority on having the right staff to drive innovation within the school — and, through collaboration, with other schools. They also value cloud-based solutions like Office365 for their ability to facilitate collaboration and communication – and for their role in reducing overall IT costs.

As Sir Ken Robinson, a keynote speaker at this week's Forum, has said: "For most of us the problem isn't that we aim too high and fail – it's just the opposite – we aim too low and succeed." These very special teachers and schools epitomize aiming high – and their work inspires us all to aim higher.

As we celebrate their achievements of the 2015 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and forge new partnerships with visionary school leaders and teachers from around the world, I'm incredibly excited about the future of education. Microsoft believes that every child deserves a quality education where he or she can become their best selves, and with school leaders and educators like these leading the charge, that ambitious goal is well within sight.

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Comments (25)

  1. abeer Hassan ali says:

    Thanks Microsoft, a wish to be with you

  2. Anonymous says:

    The world’s most innovative technology companies are developing education products for Office 365. Why? Because Office 365 provides more of what schools and educators need to manage their schools and classrooms today – real, robust solutions

  3. davao says:

    Thanks to sharing article and nice services in your website…….

  4. Sergey Pavlyuchkov says:

    What is CEE list for teachers

  5. Sergey Pavlyuchkov says:

    those who are in the list they go on the forum?

  6. Anonymous says:

    This week, as we celebrate the announcement of the 2014-2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Showcase Schools , Microsoft is also honored to play a role in education discussions at the Northern Future Forum in Helsinki, Finland.

  7. Rukmani Shreedharan says:

    Very happy to share the news that we have been recognized as the Showcase school. Thank you Microsoft for your spectacular services for the cause of education.

  8. Dr.Lakshmanbhai Chaudhari says:

    Thanks Microsoft. All MIE-2015 will go on forum?

  9. Mireia Gussinye says:

    Thanks, I’m very glad to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

  10. Padma.S says:

    Happy and sincere thanks to Microsoft for selecting me as MIE Expert 2015. Incorporating Microsoft ICT tools will definitely bring a positive change in the education.l

  11. Azhar Youssef says:

    I’m so happy to be among this awesome group of educators. I am so excited to learn new things with you all and share such a huge experience with my colleagues when coming back to my country Egypt. I appreciate your efforts and initiatives, Microsoft. You
    always guide us to make a difference in our communities and to be good models for innovation to other fellows. Thanks so much 🙂 🙂
    See you there!

  12. Mokhudu Machaba says:

    Ngwanamago primary in South Africa Limpopo would like to acknowledge the priviledge of selecting one of its teachers to this prestigious event. Thank u ?? Microsoft

  13. Nam Ngo Thanh says:

    Thanks for your information. It is reallly usefull for all teachers.

  14. Thank you Microsoft for the valuable and innovative skills gained from you that made me a better teacher in my class. I learnt that "if you know more, you do more". You changed my life.

  15. Edalyn Olis says:

    It is indeed a privilege to be included in the MIEExperts2015. This means more learning and insights especially to us teachers…the best teachers they could have.

  16. Sharon Malicdem says:

    Being an MIE is really a dream come true… Thank you Microsoft. We will learn a lot from this and be able to share to others as well.. More Power!

  17. Mohammad Mohiul Hoque says:

    Thanks for creating opportunity around the globe, Lot of thanks to Microsoft and its"TEAM, regards

  18. Romina Borg says:

    Thanks for the information and for the great opportunity.

  19. You know,since the announcement by Microsoft that I am amongst the selected 800 Innovators in Education world wide, I keep on laughing at myself saying: On the eve of my retirement, I still can do better and improve almost every day" I wish I can rewind
    the clock of my life and start afresh" Laugh out loud!!!!!!!!. I love this game. Proud to be a teacher

  20. Maria Lorraine de Ruiz-Alma says:

    The adventure is just beginning! This is going to be wonderful!

  21. Julius Cesar Rojas Reyes says:

    Thank you Microsoft for selecting me as one of the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts in the world. Thanks for opening the door for us to greater innovative ways in support to learning process of our students. Nowadays, we knew that technology
    is an ally of student, that opportunity benefits me as a teacher, taking its advantage, seeing the positive outlooks. Help me to advocate apropriate edtech tools that will boost their interest to learn, that will improve their performance in school. Again,
    thank you very much Microsoft! My Partner in Learning!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Weltweit bereichern engagierte Lehrkräfte und Schulleiter Unterricht und Schulalltag durch den Einsatz

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  24. Achraf Soliman says:

    c’est un reve pour moi d’etre innonation merci microsoft
    Being an MIE is really a dream Thank you Microsoft
    ان اكون معلم مبدع هذا كان حلم بالنسبة لى شكرا ميكروسوفت