META Awards 

2020 META Awards

META Technologist of the Year  

Nominations have closed.   

ThMontana Educational Technologists Association (META) presents the Montana K-12 School Technologist of the Year Program. This award is established to recognize the fine achievements and successes of a Montana K-12 School Technologist (Tech Coordinator, Tech Director, Tech Specialist, etc) at the State level. Eligible candidates for this award must be 2019-20 META members.


META Empowered Superintendent of the Year

 Nominations have closed.  

The Montana Educational Technologists Association (META) presents the first META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award Program (not to be confused with the MASS/AASA Superintendent of the Year). The META Board of Directors felt this type of award should be established to recognize a school superintendent who consistently and passionately provides educational technology leadership, support, understanding and guidance in working with their school technologist(s) to create a successful and efficient system of technology supported education.

In order for the superintendent to be considered for this award, he/she should demonstrate the following criteria:1. Must be a current Superintendent in the State of Montana and be a member of the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

2. Has worked to effectively integrate the use of technology in the day-to-day operation of their educational organization.

3. Ensures that technology resources are equitably distributed among students and staff.  Works hard for adequate funding for instructional technology.

4. Has worked to develop professional development as a component of every technology initiative as well as working to adequately fund that professional development into the future.

5. Demonstrates exceptional Leadership and vision in the development and implementation of a district-wide technology plan.  Follows up on the progress of that plan.

6. Exhibits a thorough understanding of the role of technology in education and can articulate that understanding to all school district stakeholders. Continues to seek out new ways of integrating instructional technology by working with teachers and staff.

7. Provides exceptional leadership in supporting the integration of technology into the curriculum and is always looking forward for new integration paths.

8. Demonstrates exceptional vision in employing technology to streamline school district business operations.

9. Demonstrates curiosity and open-mindedness in considering emerging technologies and weighing non-traditional solutions to traditional problems.  Works with all stakeholders on possible new innovations in instructional technology.

10. Thinks creatively and strategically about the long-term challenges and opportunities of technology in the school district and in education at large.

 Past META Technologists of the Year

Mindy Obert 2016
Russ Hendrickson 2017
Brian Norwood 2018
Kelly Veis 2019
Brad Somers 2020



Past META Empowered Superintendents of the Year


Jim Howard 2018
Laurie Barron 2019
Nathan Schmitz 2020



  CoSN Excellence in Public Service Awarded to Governor Steve Bullock

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META President, Brian Norwood, CoSN Hall of Fame 2019

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