This is the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program



What does innovation in education look like around the world? What is a great idea in education that hasn’t yet been tried? What amount of collaboration and support could help that idea come to life? And how might we help educators share ideas beyond school walls? These are some of the questions that led TED to create the new TED-Ed Innovative Educator program.

The TED-Ed Innovative Educator program is a year-long professional development program for dynamic educators who are dedicated to celebrating the ideas of students and teachers around the world.

It’s a global program that connects leaders within TED’s network of over 250,000 teachers. As TED’s on-the-ground education ambassadors and advocates, TED-Ed Innovative Educators engage in two months of digital training and 10 months of leadership and innovation projects.

Our goal is to spark thoughtful innovation in education around the world. TED-Ed Innovative Educators lead by example by helping people most of TED’s free tools for teachers and students — including TED-Ed Animated Lessons, TED-Ed Clubs and the TED-Ed Platform.

The TED-Ed Innovative Educator program launched in closed beta this summer with a founding cohort of 28 educators from 11 countries. [To see why TED is so inspired by educators who innovate, read this piece.]

The first TED-Ed Innovative Educators just completed eight weeks of training, exploring topics such as: digital learning tools, the power of video in education, and how to connect schools around the globe to discuss ideas worth spreading. During training, they explored assigned readings and videos. TED-Ed Innovative Educators also discussed leadership and innovation ideas with TED-Ed staff in online video calls, like this one:

TIE video call

Over the next 10 months, TED-Ed Innovative Educators will attend professional development workshops at TEDYouth, launch innovation projects in their schools — and serve as innovative leaders within TED’s global network of over 250,000 teachers. Stay tuned: we’ll be chronicling their leadership and innovation adventures all year.

Interested in becoming a TED-Ed Innovative Educator? Fill out the application here.


  1. Jan Campbell

    I work with US Army soldiers and am always looking to integrate technology and progressive ideas in the classrooms. Most of my instructors are used to preaching, not teaching.

  2. Emma Fowler

    I’m looking forward to hearing more information about this.

  3. Wendy flores

    me interesa participar soy docente y quisiera estar mas actualizada….solo que nada mas manejo el español, quiero saber si hay algún problema con el idioma..gracias

  4. Elizabeth Martin

    Looking forward to nominating an awesome teacher

  5. Katie Kimbro

    I teach at the American School of Lima – Colegio Roosevelt, and have been an international educator for a while…With such a diverse staff and faculty, I know my school could benefit from this program.

    • Katie,

      My name is Josefino Rivera, and I am a teacher at Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln, the American International School of Buenos Aires.

      I am also part of the Innovative Educator Program this year. Would love to connect to discuss TEDEd and TEDx opportunities.

      Send me a message @josefinor.


      • Hi! I teach English online and I am currently in Buenos Aires for a couple of months. I’d love to meet up and talk about innovative techniques and resources. If you’d like to meet for a cup of coffee one day, let me know:

  6. Sue Ellen Buchanan

    I have the most wonderful teacher that I work with that well deserves this type of recognition! Looking forward to nominating her for her hard work.

  7. Arlette

    I work in Fundacion Telefónica del Perú , leading a program about Education and Technology for kids in hospitals and in deprivate educational enviroments.
    In very interested about this experience!

  8. Lorena

    I find this Ted -Ed really useful for teachers around the world. I am really interested in learning more about this!

  9. Laura

    I am really interested to follow this course. Actually I am studying in a Phd about Literature and technology.
    Ted Ed is highly stimulating and the community is a big resource.

  10. I and my organization — the Center for Teaching Thinking — have been working with schools and teachers for many years now, since 1992, on projects that involve infusing instruction in critical and creative thinking into content instruction. I call this Thinking-Based Learning. I have published books on this and we have access to a vast array of good TBL lessons worldwide. Our website will tell more. If you are interested in linking together in some way please let me know. The more teachers who teach their students to think skillfully and to use good thinking in their lives the better things will be on this planet, and we will be happy to contribute to some way to your effort.

  11. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the TED Ed Animation process with the Einstein Riddle. I am really excited to be networking with other educators through the various online communities, particularly Twitter. I would love to be a part of this program and share some ideas of my own regarding teaching, even though I am four years into the profession (two at a community college and two in the public education sector). It would be an amazing opportunity to get mentoring from one of these educators so I can improve my practice and share with my colleagues!

  12. Amy Walker

    I applied to the program but haven’t heard if I was accepted or not. Have they already notified who was accepted? Will they notify you if you haven’t?

  13. Hi,
    I would love to join community in some ways since I have been working on teaching techniques and technologies for a long time now, and I find Ted Ed really inspiring!

  14. Ella Buford

    I am interested in your program. Thirty plus years of experience and does not regret one year of my profession. My goal is to motivate more people into the education field. I have been a teacher, administrator, and a mentor for new teachers. My goal is to be a motivation speaker for efucators. I LOVE MY JOB!

  15. Dorset Sammataro

    The application for is not available.

  16. I lowered my voice. Why? the electricity went out. After cyclone Winston hit Fiji the generators don’t always kick in. None of my students left. They knew I would go on and they are here to learn. So the power points on the screen were gone and the lights out. I said, “lean in, I’m going to tell you a story”. I teach human resources and I told a story from my work experience. Lights out is an opportunity!

    I am teaching at University of the South Pacific in Fiji. I teach distance, online (moodle here), face-to-face and even correspondence! University of the South Pacific, it is supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries- Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. It’s challenging, I came from University of North Texas where I taught mostly using Blackboard. Ok, it might sound more than challenging here, but really it’s full of opportunity!
    We recently had a cyclone shut down campuses but we are recovering. When classes returned the electricity would go out and not one of my students got up to leave, they knew I would just change the medium and class would continue in the dark.
    Please consider me for TED-Ed.

  17. Kim In Soo

    I want to know more about TEDED.

  18. This looks amazing! When will applications for the new cohort open? Thanks :)

  19. Tanya

    I am a primary school teacher. Last year I completed a post graduate course, Teaching Mathematics in Junior Secondary, with high distinctions. I tutord Mathematics up to grade nine level since I graduated from year 12. I have always been passionate about Maths and always interested in further professional development opportunities.

  20. Alma Ayala

    I am very interested to be part of this program. I have been involved in Education in the last 30 years.
    My name is Alma Ayala.
    I live in Cuernavaca, Mexico. From november 2014 to end of october 2015, I spent a year at Madison, Wisconsin with my husband. He was a visiting profesor at UW at the Bacteriology Department.
    This year I was out of my work as a high school teacher because of the sabbatical.
    In Mexico, I have been teaching Biology at the senior high school level during 30 years in a private school called CUAM in Cuernavaca. Cuernavaca is 40 miles south from Mexico City and has a very nice weather (70-80 degrees, all year round).
    I used to be a high school principal for nine years (CUAM) and a junior high School principal in the last ten years (CEAM).
    During 27 consecutive years I have been organizing a research congress for high school students to foster their interest in learning all subjects through discovery.
    I am very excited about sharing your experiences and ways of applying innovative technologies with me.
    In my last three years as junior high school principal in CEAM, we started introducing digital learning strategies, and I also started to apply it in my classes.
    Living abroad was a great experience for me, because not only the weather, but many things were different and new. I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at UW. And shared my experience and learning with the Madison School District.
    At the School of Education at UW I was involved in a Student Centered Coaching Course, an AP Biology Course and also attended a Flip Conference 2015 in Michigan State.

    I got my bachelors degree in Molecular Biology at the National University of Mexico and my masters degree in Education. I have been married for 33 years to my husband and we have a daughter and a son. Our family is very close and enjoys travelling and spending time together.
    Presently I am in charge of an innovative program in education at my school (CUAM). I would like to take advantage of joining the Ted Ed Innovative Program to apply it in Mexico.
    CUAM has seven schools in 5 different cities of our country.

    In the last two years I have been responsible for the implementation of digital devices in the junior high school classroms. I consider that the most important aspect should not only be its application, but its function and impact. I am also interested in knowing what kind of things are you doing in this respect.

    Please let me know how can I start to be part of this effort in Ted Ed Innovative Program.

  21. SUGGESTION – Please consider having a Ted Ed SILVER (not graying) cohort for those of us with a lot of experience yet still innovative! Experience doesn’t hold me back from the bleeding edge, I am now on a project bringing KioKits to Solomon Islands – I am creating the train the teacher on the new technology… please consider me!

  22. Me and my team would love to be a part of your cohort!

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