Distinguished District Award
This award recognizes a school system larger than one individual school (school district, school board, secretariat of education, education organization) that exhibits effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology. This award has two focuses:

  • Widespread implementation: The winner will ensure equitable and appropriate technology use for all students in the system, aimed at improving learner outcomes and increasing learning opportunities.
  • Innovation: Progress in education, as in all endeavors of our society, depends on new ideas.

The award winner will receive:

  • Recognition at the ISTE Conference & Expo
  • Complimentary registrations to the ISTE Conference & Expo (up to four)
  • Up to $2,000 for travel expenses to attend the ISTE Conference & Expo (one per team)
  • One-year ISTE membership (up to four)
  • An engraved plaque recognizing the recipient's outstanding achievement (one per team)
  • Recognition in ISTE publications, in press releases provided to local media and on iste.org
View award requirements and judging criteria

2017 Distinguished District Award Winner

Phil Hintz
Director of Technology Gurnee School District 56
Beach Park, IL, USA

John Hutton
Superintendent Gurnee School District 56
Gurnee, IL, USA

Colleen Pacatte
Assistant Superintendent Gurnee School District 56
Gurnee, IL, USA


View previous winners.