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

ISTE PLN Award Winners receive:

  • An engraved award 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)

All PLN Awards Timeline

February 2021: Nominations begin
March 2021: Nominations end
March 2021: Nominations reviewed
May 2021: Winners notified

ISTE Arts and Technology Network Creativity Award

This award recognizes an educator whose exemplary work provides a model for integrated arts and technology teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.

2021 winner
Jeanne E. Bjork
Art Educator and Visual Art Department Head, Pewaukee High School
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
USA

 

ISTE Digital Citizenship Network Award

This award recognizes an educator who consistently models and promotes excellent digital citizenship, and who mentors and leads others to be more active digital citizens.

2021 winner
Eduardo A. Zurita
Administrator of Instruction, Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, California
Canada

 

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.

2021 winner
Douha Jemai
Computer Science Teacher, Mustapha Kraif Middle School
Jundubah, Jundubah
Tunisia

 

ISTE Early Learning Network Award

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.

2021 winner
Becki Risser
Kindergarten Teacher, Billings Public Schools
Billings, Montana
USA

 

ISTE Edtech Coaches Network Award

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.

2021 winner
Jeffrey Bradbury
Lead Instructional Coach for Digital Learning, Norwalk Public Schools
Norwalk Connecticut
USA

2021 Honorable Mentions
Jennifer Hall
Educational Technology Specialist
Tucker, Georgia
USA

Nicole Zumpano
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator
Bloomingdale, Illinois
USA

 

ISTE Education Leaders Network Award for Visionary Leadership

This award recognizes a leader who exemplifies the ISTE Standards for Education Leaders and sets the essential conditions necessary for teachers and students to leverage technology to enhance learning.

2021 winner
Michelle R. Zimmerman, PhD
Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences, Renton Prep
Renton, Washington
USA

 

ISTE Games and Simulations Network Excellence Award

This award recognizes an educator who has displayed servant leadership and advocacy in advancing the use of games and simulations in education.

2021 winner
Goh Kok Ming
Primary Teacher, SJK (C) Chi Sheng (2), Malaysia
Taiping, Perak
Malaysia

 

ISTE Global Collaboration Network Award

This award recognizes an educator promotes global collaboration with social responsibility in mind. This educator incorporates the ISTE Student Standard "Global Collaborator" into their regular practice as a way to support learners.

2021 winner
Bhavna Mathew
IB PYP Practitioner, Pathways World School, Aravali
Gurugram, Haryana
India

 

ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Award

This award honors an individual that exemplifies the vision and mission of the Inclusive Learning Network -- "enhancing opportunities for ALL learners through effective practices and technology resources." Nominations will be considered from individuals working in various educational settings, including but not limited to Pre-K-12, higher education, non-profit and industry.

2021 winner
Aashna Khurana, M.Ed. Special Education
Assessment Associate, ASER Centre, Pratham Education Foundation
New Delhi, Delhi
India

2021 Honorable Mention
Valerie Lill
Assistive Technology Staff Developer
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
USA

 

ISTE Independent and International Schools Network Independent School Educator Award

This award recognizes an independent school educator who has implemented innovative practices in their teaching using technology, and has an interest in leadership in ISTE and the PLN. This educator has demonstrated a commitment to technology literacy, inquiry, and student-centered learning environments, and has encouraged and inspired other educators to examine and stretch their own practices. The recipient of this award will be invited to join the Independent and International School Educator PLN Leadership team, and to contribute to the network’s activities. Early career educators or educators wishing to move into leadership positions are especially encouraged to apply for this award. The Independent and International School PLN leadership team is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of educators and education leaders.

2021 winner
Jena Conan Simpson
Manager of Instructional Technology, All Saints' Episcopal School
Fort Worth, Texas
USA

 

ISTE Independent and International Schools Network International School Educator Award

This award recognizes an international school educator who has implemented innovative practices in their teaching using technology, and has an interest in leadership in ISTE and the PLN. This educator has demonstrated a commitment to technology literacy, inquiry, and student-centered learning environments, and has encouraged and inspired other educators to examine and stretch their own practices. The recipient of this award will be invited to join the Independent and International School Educator PLN Leadership team, and to contribute to the network’s activities. Early career educators or educators wishing to move into leadership positions are especially encouraged to apply for this award. The Independent and International School PLN leadership team is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of educators and education leaders.

2021 winner
Elizabeth Stark
Learning Support Coordinator, Dresden International School
Dresden, Saxony
Germany

 

ISTE Interactive Videoconferencing Network Classroom Educator Award

This award recognizes an educator in a classroom setting using video conferencing in innovative ways to advance education.

2021 winner
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., STEM
Intermediate Teacher, Manteca Unified School District
Manteca, California
USA

 

ISTE Interactive Videoconferencing Network Out-of-Classroom Educator Award

This award recognizes an educator outside of the formal classroom in an informal setting using video conferencing in innovative ways to advance education.

2021 winner
Ben Newsome
CEO, Fizzics Education
Blacktown, New South Wales
Australia

 

ISTE Learning Spaces Network Outstanding Learning Space Designer Award

This award recognizes educators whose work provides a model for teaching and learning in the digital age. In particular, it rewards those educators who are changing their physical learning space to benefit student learning. In the year of COVID, this award will focus on 1) individual educators who, if they were able to return to face-to-face instruction, changed their spaces, 2) educators who helped their students create home learning spaces or 3) educators who created their own home teaching spaces designed to enhance online learning.

2020 winner
Thane Lewis
Orchestras and Music Production, UPrep
Seattle, Washington
USA

 

ISTE Literacy Network Spotlight Literacy Practice Award

This award recognizes an educator who has developed an exceptional technology-supported literacy practice suitable for replication by colleagues.

2021 winner
Cynthia Merrill
Director of Educator Network, Digital Citizenship Institute
Hartford, Connecticut
USA

 

ISTE Online and Blended Learning Network Award

This award recognizes exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for transformational online and blended learning.

2021 winner
Goh Kok Ming
Primary Teacher, SJK (C) Chi Sheng (2), Malaysia
Taiping, Perak
Malaysia

 

ISTE STEM Network STEMfluencer Award

This award recognizes a current STEM/STEAM educator who displays leadership and advocacy in understanding and advancing the authentic use of STEAM in education.

2021 winner
Dr. Kaman Christopher Hung
Curriculum, Instruction & Technology Consultant, New Jersey Department of Children & Families
Trenton, New Jersey
USA

 

ISTE Teacher Education Network 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. Only college/university faculty members of PK-12 classroom educators who work directly with and have had a substantive impact on the technology-related knowledge and skills of pre-service and/or inservice educators are eligible to apply for this award.

2021 winner
Cynthia B. Vavasseur, PhD
Professor of Educational Technology, Nicholls State University
Thibodeaux, Louisiana
USA

 

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.

2021 winner
Dominic Caguioa
Instructional Leadership Support Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, California
USA

 

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.

2021 winner
Scott Gardner Merrick
Educator, McMurray Middle School
Nashville, Tennessee
USA