Making It Happen

Dr. Cheryl Wissick from USC Columbia is one of the program faculty members in the USC Aiken/Columbia Master of Education in Educational Technology program. Dr. Wissick was awarded the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Making it Happen Award by the South Carolina Association of Educational Technology (SCAET) at the annual EdTech Conference on October 27, 2007. Making it Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators in the field of educational technology integration in K*12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. 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 to technology integration
7. Expect success
8. Motivate through awareness and access to information

Since its inception, the program has grown into an internationally recognized awards program highlighting the dramatic role various educators, from the Secretary of Education to the classroom teacher, play in the learning process using high quality technology in the classroom. Designed for educators, the program identifies educational technology leaders around the world and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. Since the program's inception in 1995, more than 300 pink jackets for women and black jackets for men have been awarded to outstanding educational leaders!