Nomination materials and judging criteria Outstanding Leader Award

All nominations must include the following materials:

  • Current CV or resume
  • Biography
  • 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.