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As an affiliate of ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), the Missouri Educational Technology Community, METC, (formerly CSDVLC) is dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion, and leadership in the effective use of educational technology. Membership to this collaborative community is open to all educators and includes opportunities for networking, volunteering, collaboration and leadership. There are many ways CSD’s ISTE affiliate recognizes our members, one being nominating educators for ISTE’s Making IT Happen award.

Since its inception as an ISTE affiliate, METC has awarded four area educators with Making IT Happen: Diana Dell, Ruth Litman-Block, Rena Rockwell (of the Ritenour School District), and yesterday, Greg Lawrence (of the Wentzville School District).

Making IT Happen identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. Referred to as the eight components of the Formula of Success, these following criteria are in place to assist state, regional, and national, and international educational organizations in selecting awardees. Recipients of the awards are educators who:

  1. Apply available technology now
  2. Move forward and don’t look back
  3. See students as real people
  4. Teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging, nurturing
  5. Recognize that further change is necessary but understand that it is a process
  6. Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element in technology integration
  7. Expect success
  8. Motivate through awareness and access to information

To learn more about Making IT Happen and the educators who have received the award through the METC affiliate, visit The Wired Classroom blog.