Awards Information

Making IT (Instructional Technology) Happen Award
Presented bi-annually by METC ISTE affiliate
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“Making IT Happen” is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. This award is presented bi-annually to an active full member of the METC ISTE affiliate and is recognized by ISTE. 

Nominate or Apply for the Making IT Happen Award
Applications & Nominations Due by January 19, 2015

Who is a Making IT Happen award winner? It is an educator who:

Applies available technology now. Moves forward and doesn't look back. Sees students as real people. Teaches through relationships, inspiring, encouraging, nurturing. Recognizes that further change is necessary but understand that it is a process. Realizes that teacher empowerment is the key element in technology integration. Expects success. Motiviates through awareness and access to information.

Making IT Happen Criteria:

  • Utilizes available technology tools in his/her school or district.
  • Provides programs for students to bridge/link technology and student learning that connect the students to the real world.
  • Promotes technology integration into teaching and learning.
  • Moves instruction to a transformational level.

METC Making IT Happen winners will receive:

  • Free General Registration to the Upcoming METC Conference
  • Free General Registration to the ISTE 2015 Conference
  • Embroidered Making IT Happen jacket
  • A certificate from ISTE
  • A one-year ISTE membership
  • A one-year METC ISTE affiliate Membership 

2014-2015 METC Making IT Happen Winners

MIH Award Fall 2014 Winner, Dr. Troy Hogg
Dr. Troy Hogg, Principal
Benton Elementary, Columbia Public Schools
The Spring 2015 MIH Award Winner will be announced at the METC conference, February 10, 2015.


Outstanding Teacher Award
One National Winner Presented annually by ISTE

Each year ISTE presents the Outstanding Teacher Award. This award recognizes and honors one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in and understanding of educational technology implementation, who is passionate about teaching, and who has examples of successful lessons.

Definition of a teacher: It is the intent of the ISTE Outstanding Teacher Award to recognize those persons currently responsible for the day-to-day instruction of PK-12 students, regardless of subject matter. There is an assumption that under this scenario, there will be an articulated curriculum and some type of assessment of learning. Therefore, nominees for this award may also include such individuals as library media specialists, technology integration specialists, etc. It is the duties and responsibilities of one's job that defines one's role, rather than one's title. Of note, however, if more than seventy-five percent of one's responsibilities do not include the direct instruction of PK-12 students, then the nomination for Outstanding Teacher would not be appropriate.

Below are the selection criteria that judges will use:

  • Required nomination materials are complete and submitted by deadline.
  • The nominee is a PK-12 teacher.
  • The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide.
  • The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative institutions to advance the use of technology in education.
  • The nominee works tirelessly to genuinely improve the quality of education.
  • The nominee has demonstrated his/her ability to both deliberately plan for and incorporate the use of technology for the purpose of improving the educational setting.
  • The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominees efforts.
  • The nominee is an active member of professional organizations.
  • The nominee has contributed to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars, and/or workshops or by publishing articles in print or through electronic media.
  • The nominee's work can be used as a model.
  • The nominee's work reflects the mission and purpose of ISTE.
  • The nominee will represent ISTE well in all forums.

The winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award will receive:

  • Recognition at ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • Complimentary registration to ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • Up to $1,000 travel stipend to attend ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • A $1,500 cash prize
  • A one-year ISTE membership
  • An engraved plaque recognizing the recipient's outstanding achievement
  • Recognition in ISTE publications, in press releases provided to local media and on the iste.org website

Outstanding Leader Award
One National Winner Presented annually by ISTE

This award recognizes and honors one leader who is not a PK–12 teacher* but has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. 

Definition of a leader: It is the intent of the ISTE Outstanding Leader Award to recognize those persons not currently responsible for the day-to-day instruction of PK-12 students. Therefore, nominees for this award may also include such individuals as library media specialists, technology integration specialists, etc. It is the duties and responsibilities of one's job that define one's role, rather than one's title. Of note, however, if more than 25 percent of one's responsibilities do include the direct instruction of PK-12 students, then the nomination for Outstanding Leader would not be appropriate.

Below are the selection criteria that judges will use:

  • Required nomination materials are complete and submitted by deadline.
  • The nominee is not a PK-12 teacher*.
  • The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide.
  • The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative institutions to advance the use of technology in education.
  • The nominee works tirelessly to genuinely improve the quality of education.
  • The nominee has demonstrated his/her ability to both deliberately plan for and incorporate in the use of technology for the purpose of improving the educational setting.
  • The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominee's efforts.
  • The nominee is an active member of professional organizations.
  • The nominee has contributed to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars, and/or workshops or by publishing articles in print or through electronic media.
  • The nominee's work can be used as a model.
  • The nominee's work reflects the mission and purpose of ISTE.
  • The nominee will represent ISTE well in all forums.

The winner of the Outstanding Leader Award will receive:

  • Recognition at ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • Complimentary registration to ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • Up to $1,000 travel stipend to attend ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • A $1,500 cash prize
  • A one-year ISTE membership
  • An engraved plaque recognizing the recipient's outstanding achievement
  • Recognition in ISTE publications, in press releases provided to local media, and on the iste.org website

Outstanding Young Educator Award
One National Winner Presented Annually by ISTE

Below are the selection criteria that judges will use:

The winner of the Outstanding Young Educator Award will receive:

  • Recognition at ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • Complimentary registration to ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • Up to $1,000 travel stipend to attend ISTE's annual conference and exposition
  • A $1,500 cash prize
  • A one-year ISTE membership
  • An engraved plaque recognizing the recipient's outstanding achievement
  • Recognition in ISTE publications, in press releases provided to local media and on the iste.org website



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