We recognize outstanding achievements, amplify impact and celebrate boldness.

ISTE 20 to Watch Award

Nominations are open through January 31, 2022!

ISTE recognizes 20 individuals who are up and coming and are already making a difference through their work. Winners have exemplified excellence through projects or artifacts that others can replicate. Nominations and applications are accepted starting in December. Winners:

  • Demonstrate the ability to both deliberately plan for and apply technology to improve the educational setting.
  • Continuously improve their professional practice through the exploration of new techniques and the consistent evaluation and reflection on current practices.
  • Share their work as a model that reflects ISTE’s mission to innovate teaching and learning, accelerate good practice and solve tough problems in education.

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ISTE Distinguished District Award

Nominations are open through January 31, 2022!

ISTE Distinguished Districts are moving the needle in big ways throughout a school system. These districts search out and embrace change to improve teaching and learning, and reach all students. Applications open in December. Winners:

  • Demonstrate effectiveness and innovation in the application of educational technology throughout their district.
  • Ensure equitable, accessible and appropriate technology use for all students, and are focused on improving learner outcomes and continuously enhancing the learning experience.
  • Bring along all stakeholders, including staff, students, families and the community, in the process.

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ISTE Impact Award

Nominations are open through January 31, 2022!

The ISTE Impact Award recognizes individuals or organizations that do outstanding work to improve learning, and have a major impact on the field of educational technology. These are people or organizations you might think of as education trailblazers. Winners:

  • Bring innovation to a wide education community.
  • Positively impact the field of educational technology.
  • Embody the spirit of the ISTE Standards to transform learning, teaching and leading in the digital age.

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Making It Happen Award

The Making It Happen award honors visionary educators and leaders who cultivate connected, empowered learners. Since its inception in 1995 more than 800 educators from around the world have received this award.

ISTE and its affiliates present Making It Happen awards at their annual conferences. Each awarding organization chooses its winner(s) internally. There is no nomination process.

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Past awards:

Professional Learning Network (PLN) awards

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

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Awards Timeline

December 7, 2021: Awards nominations open
January 31, 2022: Awards nominations close
February - March, 2022: Awards nominations reviewed
May 2022: Winners notified