Making IT Happen Award

The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 600 educators from around the world have received the award.

The spirit of the Making IT Happen award supports our vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.

Award recipients are educators who:

  • Apply available technology now.
  • Move forward and don't look back.
  • See students as real people.
  • Teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing.
  • Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process.
  • Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration.
  • Expect success.
  • Motivate through awareness and access to information.


ISTE and its affiliates may present Making IT Happen awards at their annual conferences. The awarding organization chooses its winner(s) and ISTE supplies the award package, including an embroidered Making IT Happen jacket, a pin, a certificate, a one-year Basic ISTE membership and promotional materials.

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For additional information or questions about this outstanding program, please contact us.


MIH 2016 group arms
Making IT Happen Award winners at the
ISTE 2016 Awards Celebration Luncheon.

2016 Making IT Happen Award Winners Presented by ISTE

Dr. Ali Al-Karni

Cathy Cavanaugh (r), with ISTE Chair Kecia Ray.

Randy Hansen

Jamie Kasper

Shannon McClintock Miller

Kim McMonagle

Andrew Wheelock

Current Making IT Happen Award Winners

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Eric Butash
Paula Christophersen
Helen Crompton
S. Dallas Dance
Bruce Fuda
Paige Johnson
Anne Mirtschin
Penny Potts
Mike Souden
Joseph South
Katrina Stevens
Sarah Thomas