This past school year, Chagrin Falls Schools’ Director of Technology and Information Systems Mike Daugherty was accepted into the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program. Mike was one of 37 people chosen for this year’s North American cohort. The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program is a year-long professional development program that kicked off August 2-4 in Washington, D.C. with an Innovation Academy. “Mike received incredible opportunities for growth and collaboration at this academy, along with access to a global community of innovators, that will undoubtedly be of great benefit to our staff and students here at Chagrin,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools.
Applicants were asked to identify a problem in education and develop a creative solution to solving that problem. The three day Innovation Academy paired coaches with attendees to use design thinking as a way to research, experiment, and evolve their solution into a meaningful outcome.
Participants will work with a mentor, as well as other members of their cohort, over the next year to bring their ideas to life. “It is an incredibly humbling experience to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest people from around the globe who are focused on creating a better educational experience for students, parents, and teachers,” said Daugherty.
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. To follow the Google Innovator Program, residents can use the social media hashtags #WDC17 and #GoogleE!.
Pictured In Cover Photo: Mike Daugherty (fifth from the left) and fellow Google Innovators at the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program in Washington D.C. August 2-4.