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The Google Innovator Journey

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Wednesday, December 2, 3:00–4:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Sandra Chow  
Kyle Gatchalian  
Stephanie Howell  
Lance Key  
Mel Varga  

People's Choice winner. Come learn about the Google Innovator journey from three individuals who met for the first time in Sydney, Australia in May 2019. Learn about their journeys over the past year from acceptance to the academy to project completion. Sandra Chow, member of the first Innovator Academy, will moderate.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None required.
Topic: Communication & collaboration
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our goal is to inform educators about all aspects of the Google Innovator Program. After the presentation, educators will:
1. be knowledgeable about the application process, the academy, finding a coach, launching the project & graduation
2. become aware of the time commitment & financial costs involved
3. gain an understanding of the benefits of being a Google Certified Innovator
4. have a network of people that can assist with an application to a future Google Innovator Academy
Attendees will be provided with a copy of all presentation materials. Evidence of success will be gathered via a Google Form. We will track all participants to determine how many of them apply to an Innovator academy as well as how many of them are chosen to attend.


Introductions & background - 5 minutes
Motivations for applying to the Innovator Program - 10 minutes
The Innovator Academy Experience - 15 minutes
Project development & launch - 10 minutes
Tips for applying to the Innovator academy - 10 minutes
Q & A - 10 minutes

Supporting research

"An important part of teacher learning is mediated through dialogues, conversations and interactions centred on materials and situations. Teacher professional development often involves horizontal sharing of ideas and experiences, active participation in projects or becoming aware of problems that need solutions".
Avalos, B. (2011). Teacher professional development in Teaching and Teacher Education over ten years. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27(1), 10–20.

As the Certified Innovator program is a 12-month professional development experience -- including mentorship, online learning activities, and a face-to-face Innovation Academy, we believe that this program offers an unparalleled professional learning opportunity for educators and subsequently that also benefits their colleagues and their students.

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Sandra Chow, Keystone Academy
Kyle Gatchalian, Baltimore City Public Schools
Stephanie Howell, Pickerington Local School District

Stephanie has been working in Pickerington Schools since 2014. She is currently the Middle School Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pickerington Schools. She enjoy working with staff and students to increase the use of instructional technology. Stephanie has spoken at conferences such as PLSD Innovation conference, ISTE, ITIP and OETC and her most recent achievements are being apart of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s Innovative Leader award. Stephanie is one of the founding members of Global GEG. Stephanie has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.

Lance Key, Putnam County - Vital
Mel Varga, The International School of Macao

Mel is the Technology Integration Coordinator at the International School of Macao (TIS). His role has him working directly with teachers to find ways to incorporate technology with their pedagogy. Specific areas of interest include STEAM Education, G-Suite, school-community collaboration and 360 photography. Mel is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator.

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