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

  • 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 currently closed.

ISTE Distinguished District Award Winners receive:

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

Award Timeline

December 16, 2019: Nominations begin
January 31, 2020: Nominations end
February - March, 2020: Nominations reviewed
April, 2020: Winners notified
May, 2020: Winners press release

ISTE Distinguished Districts

Flagler County Public Schools

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2019 Distinguished District
Palm Coast, FL

Flagler County Public Schools provides tremendous support for technology at the district and school level, creates exceptional opportunities for students and empowers both teachers and students to make positive changes in their schools and community. Serving nearly 13,000 students across 10 schools, Flagler County Public Schools has pledged to ensure education success through high expectations and innovative thinking to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world.


Middletown City School District

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2019 Distinguished District
Middletown, OH

Middletown City School District is committed to providing equity and access for all students. Their technology plan was developed in partnership with ISTE, utilizing the ISTE Essential Conditions as a framework for goals and action steps. This infusion of the ISTE Standards into the district’s daily work is evident through new initiatives and changes in teacher’s instructional practice. Serving 6,500 students across 11 schools, Middletown City School District is clearly committed to meeting the needs of all learners with innovative experiences and a supportive environment.


St Vrain Valley School District

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2019 Distinguished District
Longmont, CO

St Vrain Valley School District holds technology as a vital part of the district’s vision for advancing the success of students, and it is an integral part of their strategic priorities. Evidence of impact and innovations at the teacher and student levels are apparent through the provision, support and sustainability of technology deeply aligned with their Learning Technology Plan. Serving more than 32,000 students across 57 schools, St Vrain Valley School District provides opportunities for students to investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model and explore concepts and content in authentic contexts.


Pickerington Local School District

Group photo of Pickerington Local School District staff

2018 Distinguished District
Pickerington, OH

Pickerington Local School District has made great strides toward implementing technology to improve instructional practice by developing a blended learning strategy that transforms pedagogy and creates professional development opportunities for staff to expand its technology knowledge and practice. They have implemented an impressive ten year technology master plan that included moving the entire preK-12 district to a 1:1 model with support for staff to learn new strategies and transform their classrooms.


Gurnee School District 56

2017 Distinguished District
Gurnee, IL

Gurnee School District 56 exhibits equitable and appropriate technology use for all students in a school system with the goal of increasing learning opportunities and improving achievement. By transitioning from a teacher-centered model to a student-centered environment, they have maximized student choice, engagement and productivity. The collaborative climate has created an environment where student engagement and student growth is the metric to measure success.


Mountain Brook School System

2016 Distinguished District
Mountain Brook, AL

Mountain Brook School System exhibits equitable and appropriate technology use for all students in a school system with the goal of increasing learning opportunities and improving achievement. This is illustrated by the creation of the Institute for Innovation which empowers teachers and students to live with a growth mindset and problem solve through play, passion and purpose.


Surrey School District

2015 Distinguished District
Surrey, BC, Canada


Richland School District Two

2014 Distinguished District
Columbia, SC


Rowan-Salisbury School System

2013 Distinguished District
Rowan County, NC


Mooresville Graded School District

2012 Distinguished District
Mooresville, NC