Awards Information

Making IT (Instructional Technology) Happen Award
Presented 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 annually to an active full member of the METC ISTE affiliate and is recognized by ISTE. 

The METC ISTE affiliate will present the winner(s) of the Making IT Happen award at their annual conference. “Making IT Happen” is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools.

2015-2016 METC Making IT Happen Winners - TBD

Fall 2014 Winner

Troy Hogg, MIH Winner Fall 2014

Spring 2015 Winner

MIH Spring 2015 Winner

MIH Winner Dr. Troy Hogg, Principal
Benton STEM Elementary School
in Columbia Public Schools
MIH Winner Andrew Wall (center),
Harvest Ridge Elementary in Francis Howell School District 
with Stephanie Madlinger (left) and Jennifer Tiller (right) of EducationPlus

Recipient  Organization Year
Troy Hogg Columbia Public School District 2014-15
Andrew Wall Francis Howell School District 2014-15
Will Blaylock Rockwood School District 2013-14
Karen Engelkenjohn Ladue School District 2013-14
Greg Lawrence Wentzville School District 2012-13
Ruth Block CSD/EducationPlus 2012-13
Jeen Steiger Brentwood School District 2011-12
Diana Dell SqoolTechs 2011-12
Rena Rockwell Ritenour School District 2010

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 2016 Conference
  • Embroidered Making IT Happen jacket
  • A certificate from ISTE
  • A one-year ISTE membership
  • A one-year METC ISTE affiliate membership 

Contact the METC Director, Stephanie Madlinger for more information.




Outstanding Teacher Award (*METC will nominate Making IT Happen Teacher Award Winner)
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.

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 (*METC will nominate Making IT Happen Leader Award Winner)
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.

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

Presented to an outstanding young educator (under the age of 35) who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning.

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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