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 Making IT Happening Participants
Making IT Happen Award winners at the
ISTE 2017 Awards Celebration Luncheon.


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.

2017 Making IT Happen Award Winners Presented by ISTE

Sarah Thomas

Paige Johnson

Katrina Stevens

Joseph South

Helen Crompton

Dallas Dance

Anne Mirtschin

Current Making IT Happen Award Winners

View the entire archive of winners

Sheila Adams
Jeff Bailey
Kimberly Bannigan
Alice Barr
Craig Bates
Stacy Behmer
Susan Bell
Heather Breedlove
Jessica Brogley
Eric Butash
Michael Butts
Éric Caron
Colleen Charles
Paula Christophersen
John Cradler
Ruthmary Cradler
Denise Crawford
Sara Crawford
Helen Crompton
S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.
Ellen Driscoll
Sally Eberhart
Michael Fort
Bruce Fuda
Dave Furiness
Geri Gillespy
Paige Johnson
Jason Juneau
David Kaser
Melissa Kempski
Anne Knight
Darren Kuropatwa
Steven Lamb
Teresa Lansford
Fred Laudadio
Katherine Lester
Melissa Mano
Chantell Mason
Karen McCalla
Andy McKiel
Luke Meinert
Maureen Chertow Miller
Anne Mirtschin
Pamela Moran
Patricia Morgan
Barry Pace
Penny Potts
Brooke Ralph
Michael Russell
Dan Ryder
Jim Saj
Adrienne Schlake
Jeff Sebulsky
Pam Shoemaker
Mark Simmons
Ross Smith
Mike Souden
Joseph South
Katrina Stevens
Janis Streich
Sarah-Jane Thomas
Zachary Vander Veen
Dina Vander Wilt
Brady Venables
Steve Webster
Cresta Wright
Melissa Young
Sarah Young