Outstanding Technology Support Staff

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The Outstanding Technology Support Staff award recognizes and honors a technician or resource who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in supporting technology to improve education. KySTE only accepts nominations from active members for this award annually.  Each active member may only nominate one person for this award.  The nomination process opens October 12, 2016 and closes January 20, 2017.  Submit the required nomination materials to Mary Ann Rankin by the submission deadline. Each nomination will be evaluated using the selection criteria below by a review committee selected from within the KySTE membership. Winners will be announced in February and acknowledged at a special event during the KySTE Spring Conference in Louisville.


Outstanding Technology Support Staff Nomination Form (DOC)

Outstanding Technology Support Staff Nomination Form (PDF)

Nomination deadline: January 20, 2017 at 11:59pm


Nomination Directions and Requirements
Organize all required nomination materials described below into one PDF file in the order given below.

  • KySTE Affiliate Nomination Form
  • KySTE Affiliate Nomination Statement (excluding cover Nomination Form, Nominee resume and letters of recommendation).  The Nomination Statement is limited to the following size restraints: 1900 words, 2 pages in length, 10 pt. font, Arial or Times New Roman Style and 1” margins.  This written narrative should provide KySTE with the reason for nominating the individual as an outstanding technology staff member (up to two pages).
  • Nominee Resume or Vitae - Outlining professional background and experience (maximum two pages)
  • Letters of Recommendation - A minimum of two and a maximum of three per nominee. Letters of Recommendation must include signatures.

If the nomination packet received is incomplete or past the deadline, the nominee will be disqualified and the individual notified of the disqualification. There will be no opportunities to complete the packet once the representative has been notified of disqualification. Those responsible for submitting the nominations materials are strongly encouraged to submit well before the deadline and request that the Affiliate Awards Committee Chair review submission and confirm that all items are received, accessible, and complete.


Selection Criteria
1. Required nomination materials are complete and submitted by deadline.
2. The nominee is a technology support staff member (see definition below), and would not qualify for the teacher award or leader award (see those applications for details).
3. The nominee’s work has had a significant positive impact on technology support and use in education locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide.
4. The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiations to advance the use of technology in education.
5. The nominee works tirelessly to genuinely improve the quality of education.
6. 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.
7. The quality of technology use and availability has been materially improved in the nominee's workplace.
8. The nominee is an active member of professional organizations.
9. The nominee has participated in the wider profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars and/or workshops or publishing articles in print or through electronic media.
10. The nominee’s work can be used as a model.
11. The nominee’s work reflects the mission and purpose of ISTE.
12. The nominee will represent ISTE well in all forums.


* Definition of support staff member:
It is the intent of the ISTE Outstanding Technology Support Staff Award to recognize those persons currently responsible for the day-to-day support of technology at the school and/or district level. Examples might include computer technician, systems/network administrator, etc. This award is also available to instructional technology specialists/technology resource teachers who do not qualify for nomination for the Outstanding Technology Teacher awards because their responsibilities do not include at least 75% direct instruction to students, and whose position would not make an Outstanding Technology Leader nomination appropriate.