Awards & Recognition

We’re lucky to work with a lot of exceptional leaders and districts, and every year we recognize several of them with our annual awards. Awards are given to individuals and teams who demonstrate outstanding vision in K-12 education technology. If you know a great leader, be sure to nominate him or her for the Withrow CTO Award or the Team Award. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

All award winners are recognized at CoSN’s Annual Conference and receive complimentary conference registrations, honoraria, and media coverage.

Withrow CTO Award

This award recognizes an exceptional district CTO who serves as a technology champion and whose leadership has been transformative for his or her school system.

Team Award

The Team Award honors a district leadership team for its transformative impact on ed tech and its work to improve student learning.

Award for Excellence in Public Service

This award recognizes an elected or appointed official for his or her achievements in advocacy and policy to promote the use of K-12 education technology. In some years, a similar award, the Partnerships that Matter Award, is given to an organization (rather than an individual) which has been a public service champion.

Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion

The Private Sector Champion award honors an individual from the private sector for outstanding service to the education technology community.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This award honors a volunteer who has provided exemplary support to CoSN in a volunteer capacity, including on our committees or state chapters. We also honor several of our volunteers with induction into the CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame.


Other Recognition

CoSN sometimes recognizes members outside the structure of our formal awards program. Current recognition opportunities include:

NextGeneration Leaders Program

We created the NextGeneration Leaders program in the fall of 2015 to recognize and support emerging leaders in education technology. If you have been in the industry for no more than 5 years, this is the program for you!