The Google Certified Innovator program is an energizing 12 month professional development experience for creative leaders in education.
Certified innovators help their organizations, each other, and Google push the boundaries of what’s possible in education. As ongoing participants in this community of educators, they transform the organizations they’re serving, advocate for change, and grow their own capacity as thought leaders. This program focuses on helping innovators launch a transformative project to help improve education in their schools, regions, or the world. Support includes mentorship, online learning activities, and an in-person Innovation Academy.
Our K-12 technology integration specialist, Jacob Bryant, was selected into this year's program. After a rigorous application process and unique project proposal, only 25 participants were chosen from all of Latin America and Spain. The program started with the Innovator Academy, held at the Google offices in Mexico City. Throughout this three day academy, innovators continued to work on the design of their unique project proposals. The participants were also fortunate enough to attend presentations by many of the leaders of Google's Education department, which is one of the world leaders in education technology. Over the next year, with support from Google, Jacob will work to bring his mobile MakerSpace project to hospitals here in Guadalajara.