Required application materials and judging criteria for Award for Outstanding Teacher

All applications must include the following materials:

  • Current CV or resume
  • Biography
  • A letter of support from the applicant's direct supervisor or chief staff representative that addresses the applicant's impact within his or her organization
  • An additional letter of support (optional)
  • A lesson plan that demonstrates effective use of the ISTE Standards for Students
  • An additional lesson plan that demonstrates effective use of the ISTE Standards for Students (optional)
  • A 1-2 minute video that addresses the following theme: "What role do you believe technology plays in making a positive difference in learning and teaching?"
  • Describe how you use the principles and ideals of the ISTE Standards to develop and facilitate authentic learning opportunities in your work.
  • What methods or resources do you use to continuously improve your professional practice? What impact does this have on your school or professional community?

Award judges will use the following selection criteria:

  • Item 1: Required application materials are complete and submitted by deadline.
  • Item 2: The applicant is a PK-12 teacher.
  • Item 3: The applicant's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in the applicant's educational community (whether that's locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide).
  • Item 4: The applicant has demonstrated his/her ability to both deliberately plan for and incorporate the use of technology for the purpose of improving the educational setting.
  • Item 5: The applicant continuously improves his or her professional practice through the exploration of creative applications for technology and the consistent evaluation and reflection of current research and practices to improve student learning.
  • Item 6: The applicant promotes the effective use of digital tools across local and global learning communities and applies current research and professional practices to support effective use in student learning.
  • Item 7: The applicant exhibits leadership in his or her school and/or professional community with a vision of technology infusion and by participating in shared decision making and community building that contribute to the vitality and self-renewal of the teaching profession, their school and their community.
  • Item 8: The applicant's work has positively impacted the applicant's school and/or community
  • Item 9: The applicant's work reflects ISTE’s mission to empower learners to flourish in a connected world by cultivating a passionate learning community; linking educators and partners; leveraging knowledge and expertise; advocating for strategic policies; and continually improving learning and teaching.