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GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION
Certified Innovator Program

True change is driven by innovative leaders. Become a Certified Innovator and join a community of passionate educators designing creative solutions to the world's toughest challenges in education.

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Drive transformation through a project you're passionate about

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Inspire other educators through various advocacy opportunities

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Grow leadership skills through ongoing learning and development

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Receive tailored mentorship from other Innovators

1/ WHO SHOULD JOIN?

Basics

Candidates for the Google for Education Certified Innovator program are selected based on their professional experience, their passion for teaching and learning, their innovative use of technology in school settings and their potential impact on other educators. They are ambassadors for change who empower other educators and students through a thriving innovation culture within their own classrooms, schools and organizations.

Innovation occurs at all levels in the school system, so we welcome applicants from all roles: classroom teachers to superintendents. As participants in a community of educators working together to improve schools, Innovators will transform the organizations they’re serving, advocate for change, and grow their own capacity as thought leaders.

Check out the 2016 Cohorts.

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2/ WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

Benefits

Program Benefits
Certified Innovator digital badge + pin checkmark
Visibility in the Google for Education Directory checkmark
Monthly learning and development resources checkmark
Membership in a collaborative community of Innovators checkmark
Exclusive looks at new Google for Education launches checkmark
Serve as product ambassadors in focus groups checkmark

3/ HOW CAN I JOIN?

Requirements

Our application process is designed for you to show off the things that make you an innovative educator. While the program is much more than our products, having a solid background in how to integrate Google for Education technologies in the classroom is an important starting point for inspiring transformative change. Take the Advanced course and Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam prior to applying.

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During the application process, we’ll ask you to share your vision to transform education. You’ll need to share this vision via a video and also through a vision deck. This is an opportunity to share your initial vision for an innovative solution to a current challenge in education at any scale: from classroom concerns to global issues. Please articulate the challenge you hope to solve, and explain your idea for an innovative solution. If you are selected to participate in the Innovator Program and attend the Innovation Academy, you will have the opportunity to iterate on this initial vision, so please focus more on exploring new possibilities with great potential rather than fleshing out a complete solution you're already confident in.

Membership Application Steps
1. Google Certified Educator Level 2 checkmark
2. Develop a Vision Presentation checkmark
3. Film a Vision Video checkmark
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Program Activities

More than just a one time event, as a member of the Certified Innovator Program you can expect 12 months of ongoing support for an Innovation Project that you’re passionate about, participation in a Google for Education Innovation Academy, rich programming and ongoing opportunities for growth and collaboration, and access to a global community of other innovators.

1. Attend a Google for Education Innovation Academy checkmark
2. Design and launch an Innovation Project checkmark
3. Participate in ongoing learning and development opportunities checkmark
4. Contribute to the Innovator group and in other edtech communities checkmark

4/ WHAT WILL I CREATE?

Innovation Projects

Innovation Projects are the tools through which Innovators implement and measure their impact. While the mission and outcomes of each Innovation Project will vary from person-to-person, here are some principles that will guide development:

  • Have a mission that matters: Your mission should be something you care about and has the potential to touch many lives
  • Think big but start small: No matter how ambitious the plan is, you have to start somewhere
  • Iterate and fail fast: We're not looking for perfection, we're looking for continual innovation
  • Share everything: Encourage discussion, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas
  • Spark with imagination, fuel with data: Use data to backup your insights or help you pivot directions
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All projects should drive change in education, impact educators and students, and be documented for other educators to follow.

Check out the Innovation Project Directory for examples of projects that our Innovators are currently working on.

5 / APPLY NOW

2016 Cohorts

Location Application Deadline Academy
Dates
Mountain View, CA, USA January 11, 2016 February 24-26, 2016

CLOSED

Boulder, CO, USA May 10, 2016 June 29 - July 1, 2016

CLOSED

Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 30, 2016 October 5-7, 2016

CLOSED

Mexico City, Mexico October 16, 2016 December 1-2, 2016

CLOSED

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