We recognize outstanding achievements, amplify impact and celebrate boldness.

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!

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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Nominations are open through March 14, 2021.



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.



All Awards Timeline

December 7, 2020: Impact & District awards nominations open
January 31, 2021: Impact & District awards nominations close
February 1, 2021: PLN Award nominations open
February 28, 2021: PLN awards nominations end
March 1, 2021: PLN awards nominations reviewed
February - March, 2021: Impact & District awards nominations reviewed
May 2021: Winners notified