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ISTE Impact Award

Nominations are currently closed.

The ISTE Impact Award recognizes individuals or organizations who do outstanding work to improve learning for all students and have a major impact on the field of educational technology.



ISTE Distinguished District Award

Nominations are currently closed.

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

  • 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.



Professional Learning Network (PLN) awards

Nominations are open February 3, 2020 through March 1, 2020.

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



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 700 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.



President's Volunteer Service Award

ISTE is an official certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate commitment and inspire others to volunteer for ISTE. The call to submit hours is extended to current volunteers each year in April.


All Awards Timeline

December 16, 2019: Impact & District awards nominations begin
February 7, 2020: Impact & District awards nominations end
February 3, 2020: PLN awards nominations open
March 1, 2020: PLN awards nominations end
February - March, 2020: Impact & District awards nominations reviewed
March, 2020: PLN awards nominations reviewed
April, 2020: All award winners notified
May, 2020: All award winners press release