Nomination materials and judging criteria
Outstanding Leader Award
All nominations must include the following materials:
Current CV or resume
A letter of support from the nominee's direct supervisor or chief staff representative that addresses the nominee's impact within his or her organization
An additional letter of support from another supervisor, administrator, colleague or student’s guardian
Project artifacts that demonstrates the planning and implementation of the program (a technology plan, school improvement plan, strategic plan, or ICT plan).
A statement to describe their specific role in supporting the effective use of digital technology to support teaching and learning.
How do you help reduce or remove barriers for effective technology use in your school or school system? (250 word limit.)
How do you evaluate the effectiveness of the digital technology use in your school or district? (250 word limit.)
Award judges will use the following selection criteria:
Item 1: Required nomination materials are complete and submitted by deadline.
Item 2: The nominee is not a PK-12 teacher*. * Definition of a teacher: It is the intent of the ISTE Outstanding Leader Award to recognize those persons not currently responsible for the day-to-day instruction of PK-12 students. Therefore, nominees for this award may also include such individuals as technology integration specialists, directors, etc. if more than 25 percent of one's responsibilities do include the direct instruction of PK-12 students, then the nomination would be disqualified.
Item 3: The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in the nominee's educational community, whether that's locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide.
Item 4: The nominee has made efforts to involve the community and business/legislative institutions through partnerships and collaboration in the initiative or program to support and fund the use of ICT and digital resources.
Item 5: The nominee has demonstrated his or her ability to develop a systemic plan aligned with shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of ICT and digital resources.
Item 6: The nominee continuously improves his or her professional practice through the promotion of technology-related professional learning plans and opportunities, and exhibits leadership in his or her school and/or professional community by engaging in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate plans for the effective use of digital tools and resources.
Item 7: The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominee's efforts.
Item 8: The nominee has contributed to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars, and/or workshops or by publishing articles in print or through electronic media.
Item 9: The nominee's work reflects the mission and purpose of ISTE.
Item 10: The nominee will represent ISTE well in all forums.