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ISTE Impact Award

Are you making an impact in education? Do you know someone who’s making a difference and deserves to be recognized? Tell us about it! ISTE recognizes individuals and organizations who do outstanding work to improve learning for all students. 

Nominations are open March 1-31, 2019.

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ISTE Impact Award Winners receive:

  • An engraved award acknowledging the recipient’s outstanding achievement
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • A one-year basic individual ISTE membership
  • A complimentary registration to the ISTE Conference & Expo
  • Recognition in ISTE publications and on the iste.org website
  • Recognition at the ISTE Conference & Expo
  • Opportunities to contribute to the field (blog, magazine, other volunteer opportunity)

Distinguished District Award

ISTE Distinguished Districts are moving the needle in big ways. Winners:

  • Demonstrate effectiveness and innovation in the application of educational technology,
  • Ensure equitable, accessible and appropriate technology use for all students, aimed at improving learner outcomes and increasing learning opportunities,
  • Exhibit a progressive mindset when it comes to challenges in education and embrace new ideas and act on them.

Nominations are open March 1-31, 2019.

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ISTE Distinguished Districts receive:

  • An engraved award acknowledging the district’s outstanding achievement
  • Up to 4 one-year basic individual ISTE memberships
  • Up to 4 complimentary registrations to the ISTE Conference & Expo
  • Recognition in ISTE publications and on the iste.org website
  • Recognition at the ISTE Conference & Expo
  • Opportunities to contribute to the field (blog, magazine, other volunteer opportunity)

Professional Learning Network (PLN) awards

ISTE Professional Learning Networks support exceptional teaching and learning throughout the year and once a year, honor outstanding individuals who have demonstrated excellent work in their job role or topic area.

Nominations are closed.

ISTE PLN award winners receive:

  • An engraved plaque acknowledging the recipient's outstanding achievement
  • $100 cash prize
  • A one-year basic individual ISTE membership
  • Recognition in ISTE publications and on the iste.org website
  • Recognition at the ISTE Conference & Expo
  • Opportunities to contribute to the field (blog, magazine, other volunteer opportunity)

President's Volunteer Service Award

For individuals who demonstrate commitment and inspire others to volunteer

Making IT Happen Award

For visionary educators and leaders who cultivate connected, empowered learners

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ISTE Arts and Technology Network Creativity Award
ISTE members only.
This award recognizes an educator whose exemplary work provides a model for integrated arts and technology teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.


ISTE Computer Science Network Award
This award recognizes an exceptional educator and leader who is championing the cause of improved computer science and information technology education.


ISTE Digital Citizenship Network Award
This award recognizes an educator who consistently model and promote excellent digital citizenship, and who mentor and lead others to be more active digital citizens.


ISTE Digital Equity Network Award
This award recognizes an educator whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age with a focus on digital equity.


ISTE Digital Storytelling Network Creativity Leadership Award
ISTE Digital Storytelling Network members only.
This award recognizes a member of the ISTE Digital Storytelling Network whose outstanding contributions to creativity are inspired through digital storytelling.


ISTE Early Learning Network Award
Early Learning Network members only.
This award recognizes an educator who works with or for children ages 3-9 and whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.


ISTE Edtech Coaches Network Award
Edtech Coaches Network members only.
This award honors an edtech coach whose work in digital age learning environments, professional development and program evaluation represents excellence in digital citizenship, content knowledge, professional growth and is closely aligned with the ISTE Standards for Coaches.


ISTE Education Leaders Network Award for Exemplary Leadership
ISTE members only.
This award recognizes an education leader who sets the essential conditions necessary for teachers and students to leverage technology to enhance learning.


ISTE Games and Simulations Network Excellence Award
Games and Simulations Network members only.
This award recognizes an active network member who has displayed servant leadership and advocacy in advancing the use of games and simulations in education.


ISTE Global Collaboration Network Award
This award recognizes a person or group that promotes global collaboration with social responsibility in mind. This person or group incorporates the ISTE Student Standard "Global Collaborator" into their regular practice as a way to support learners.


ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Award
This award honors an individual who exemplifies the vision and mission of the Inclusive Learning Network: Enhancing opportunities for all learners through effective practices and technology resources.


ISTE Independent and International Schools Network Award
This award recognizes an independent or international school educator or leader who has implemented innovative practices, established private-public partnerships and/or advanced the teaching practice for all educators.

ISTE Interactive Video Conferencing Network Informal/Formal Educator Awards
These awards recognize educators in both formal and informal settings using video conferencing in innovative ways to advance education.
 

ISTE LSN Outstanding Learning Space Designer Award
This award recognizes an educator whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age. In particular, we are looking to reward those pioneers who are changing their physical learning space to benefit student learning.


ISTE Librarians Network Primary Award
The annual ISTE awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age in primary grades.


ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award
The annual ISTE awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age in secondary grades.


ISTE Literacy Network Award
This award recognizes an educator who has offered something special to students or colleagues that has resulted in a noteworthy, exceptionally rich learning experience in the area of Literacy supported by the use of technology.


ISTE Mobile Learning Network Award
This award recognizes an educator that exemplifies the vision and mission of the Mobile Learning Network through the use and promotion of best practices in the area of mobile and wireless computing integration in education.


ISTE Online Learning Network Award
This award recognizes exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for transformational online and blended learning.


ISTE STEM Network STEM Excellence Award
ISTE STEM Network members only.
This award recognizes a current ISTE STEM Network member who has displayed leadership and advocacy in understanding and advancing the authentic use of STEM in education.


ISTE TEN Award for Excellence in Teacher Education
This award recognizes an outstanding teacher educator who advances the field, demonstrates vision and innovation, and improves learning and teaching.


ISTE Technology Coordinators Network Award
This award recognizes an individual whose progress in the technology field has encouraged technology leaders to continue their work toward promoting technology integration in all facets of education.


ISTE Virtual Environments Network Pioneer of the Year Award
This award honors an educator whose work in both real life and inworld most embodies the adventuresome and innovative spirit characteristic of a Virtual Environments Network community leader.


Congratulations to our 2018 PLN award winners

Past awards

For many years, the annual ISTE awards recognized exceptional educators and leaders who paved the way for connected learning:

Award for Outstanding Leadership

For educators whose leadership advances the transformation of education through technology 

Award for Outstanding Teacher

For classroom teachers who apply technology to engage and empower students 

Award for Outstanding Young Educator

For educators 35 years or younger who transform learning through the visionary use of technology 

Award for Advocacy

For individuals who champion ed tech policy at the local, state, regional, national or global level 

Kay L. Bitter Vision Award

For individuals who integrate technology with vision and creativity in a PK–2 classroom 

Congratulations to our 2018 award winners!