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Award for Outstanding Leadership

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Individual
for Improving PreK-12 Learning through Technology

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International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Award to a USA, Canada, or International individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in technology implementation efforts within schools. Please note that this award is designated for individuals who are not PreK-12 teachers, but are otherwise involved in PreK-12 education.

Award judges will use the following selection criteria:

-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.

-The applicant has made efforts to involve the community and business/legislative institutions through partnerships and collaboration in the initiative or program to support and fund the use of ICT and digital resources.

-The applicant has demonstrated his or her ability to develop a systemic plan aligned with shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of ICT and digital resources.

-The applicant continuously improves his or her professional practice through the promotion of technology-related professional learning plans and opportunities, and exhibits leadership in his or her school and/or professional community by engaging in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate plans for the effective use of digital tools and resources.

-The applicant 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 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178141

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The award winner will receive:
-Recognition at the ISTE Conference & Expo
-Complimentary registration to the ISTE Conference & Expo
-Up to $1,000 travel stipend to attend the ISTE Conference & Expo
-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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant may NOT a PreK-12 teacher. If you are a PreK-12 teacher, consider applying for the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Definition of a teacher: It is the intent of the ISTE Outstanding Leadership Award to recognize those persons not currently responsible for the day-to-day instruction of preK-12 students. Therefore, applicants may also include such individuals as technology integration specialists, directors, etc. if more than 25 percent of one's responsibilities include the direct instruction of PreK-12 students, then the applicant would be disqualified.

Pre-Application Information:

Award applications are open Friday, December 1, 2017 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

View award requirements and judging criteria:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

1530 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 730
Arlington, VA 22209

800.336.5191 (U.S. & Canada)
503.342.2848 (International)

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.