REGISTER FOR A COHORT
During the summer of 2020, the Indiana Department of Education announced the Indiana Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund Grant opportunity. The University of Evansville School of Education recognized the need to support teachers with virtual learning. In response, the University of Evansville collaborated with eSolve Solutions to develop partnerships with school districts across Southern Indiana. As a result of this partnership, the University of Evansville submitted a grant application, which was awarded. The grant provides a $600 stipend for each Indiana teacher who participates in three virtual trainings hosted by the University of Evansville Department of Education and completes the Google Educator Certification Level 1. The resources on this page provide additional information for those interested in participating. There is funding and space available for 800 participants; registration is limited to 200 per cohort.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What forms do I need to fill out?
Each participant will need to complete a W9 and a direct deposit form. These will be shared with participants through the Google Classroom. All payments will be made from the University of Evansville through direct deposit.
Who can participate?
This opportunity is available to all Indiana licensed teachers and students enrolled in the University of Evansville’s teacher education program. Since the program can only serve 200 teachers during each semester, priority enrollment will be given to partner districts.
Who are the partner districts and what does that mean?
The following districts have partnered with the University of Evansville to provide Google Educator Level 1 training to their staff. Teachers in these districts will have priority for enrollment each semester. Once the priority enrollment period ends teachers from all Indiana schools will be invited to participate. The partner districts include: Diocese of Evansville, Loogootee Community Schools, North Lawrence Community Schools, Orleans Community Schools, Shoals Community Schools, Warrick County Schools, and Tell City Jr. Sr. High School.
How much time will it take to complete?
The three Zoom meetings are one hour each. Google estimates that the Google Educator Level 1 training is estimated to take 12 hours, but it is self-paced.
What will I be able to do as a result of this program?
The program is designed to support teachers as they seek to use the Google for Education tools into their instructional practices to enhance teaching and learning.
How do I get paid?
In order to get paid, you must complete a W-2 form and a Direct Deposit and email it to googleUE@esolvesolutions.org. Once you have completed the virtual training and the Google Certification Exam, you will email your digital certificate to googleUE@esolvesolutions.org.
Can I earn Professional Growth Plan (PGP) Points?
Yes! If you participate in all three virtual meetings and complete the Google Education Level 1 training, you will earn 18 Professional Growth Plan Points.
What is the cost associated with this program?
The only out of pocket cost for the participant is the $10 for the Google certification. However, upon completing the certification and the 3 one hour virtual meetings, participants will earn $600.
Who is eSolve Solutions?
eSolve Solutions is a consulting firm that was founded in 2012 by University of Evansville graduates Richard Roll and Joe Lannan. The eSolve Process is a customized design thinking framework that empowers organizations to navigate complex problems. This process proritizes solutions that satisfy the needs and hopes of the stakeholders being served.
Why is the University of Evansville paying for this?
The University of Evansville School of Education faculty recognizes the need for increased professional development that is designed to support technology use. Therefore, The University of Evansville School of Education applied for and was awarded a Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund Grant opportunity. The grant provides funding for Indian licensed teachers and the University of Evansville School of Education students to receive a stipend for completing the Google Educator Level 1 Certification.
Can I invite other teachers?
Yes! Please send your colleagues to www.esolvesolutions.org/ to learn more about the program and learn about the registration process.
What are the start dates of each cohort?
Each cohort will begin at the beginning of each semester between September 2020 and January 2022. Please continue checking www.esolvesolutions.org/ for exact dates.
Who do I contact for support?
For support with the program, please email googleUE@esolvesolutions.org. For support with the Google Certification, please visit https://edu.google.com/contact.
When do I have to finish the Google Certification?
Each participant will have 45 days from the third virtual meeting to complete the Google Certification.
Are there additional levels of certification?
There are two levels of Google Educator Certification. This opportunity is for level 1 only. However, we encourage you to continue learning by achieving level 2.
Why do I need to provide a personal Gmail address?
You will be added as a student to a Google Classroom, which is where all materials and information will be shared. Since your school Gmail is part of Google for Education, it is not compatiable with outside organzations. This is a Google policy to protect students from accessing outside classrooms.
I don't have a personal Gmail address. How do I create one?
To create a free Google account, click this link and follow the directions.