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Certified Innovator

Designing creative solutions to the world's toughest challenges in education.

For people who:
  • Are ambassadors for change and empower other educators and students
  • Want to change the world of education by tackling complex opportunities to develop new-to-the-world solutions
  • Already foster a thriving innovation culture within their own classrooms, schools and organizations
What you'll get:
  • Ongoing support from the Google for Education team as you design and implement your solutions
  • Access to the community of other Innovators to collaborate and share ideas
  • Special speaking engagements and promotion of your ongoing work

Gather your Prerequisites

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.

Google Certified Educator Level 2 + Demonstrate a history of innovation in schools


Apply to the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program with your vision to transform education. More than just a onetime event, 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.

Location Application Deadline Academy Dates
Mountain View, CA, USA January 11, 2016 February 24-26th, 2016
Boulder, CO, USA May 10, 2016 June 29 - July 1, 2016
Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 30, 2016 October 5-7th, 2016
Mexico City, Mexico October 16, 2016 11:59PM December 1-2, 2016

Attend an Innovation Academy

At the Google for Education Innovation Academy you will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in your own schools and organizations. You'll come away with practical approaches, valuable tools and techniques, and the beginnings of an Innovation Project. The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with your peers - and Google - to impact education in your communities.

Limited travel assistance may be available.

Design an Innovation Project

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

All projects should drive change in education, impact educators and students, and be documented for other educators to follow.

"Becoming an Innovator has given me the tools to help my students become strong digital citizens with a pioneering spirit. I have the confidence to present and share with my colleagues and at big conferences. My connections with other Innovators continue to feed my passion for learning."




Individuals who have achieved this certification may publicize their status with their personalized certificate and badge.