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Vermont does ISTE Certification!
Kick Off at Vermont Fest Nov 18, 11AM

Special Conference Rate: $725 (save $100) — You can add this to your online Vermont Fest Registration or register for this workshop only.

For registrants who are not attending the Vermont Fest conference, and are only attending this workshop, your registration fee covers the workshop only. The course facilitators will host a virtual kick-off gathering in Tuesday, December 13 from 4 to 5pm for those participants that are unable to attend Vermont Fest. To register for the course and attend the virtual kickoff (but not Vermont Fest), you may register here. The virtual kickoff will include Q&A and a chance to preview what’s to come. It is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13 from 4 to 5pm.


APPLY for GRANT funds to support ISTE Certification course costs!


Come learn about how ISTE Certification can inspire and energize your teaching. Hear from Vermont-based ISTE Certified educators who redefined their work through the course. Meet & build connections with others interested in pursuing ISTE Certification. The course instructors are excited to share the unique supports & community that come with our CES-led cohort. Have some laughs, make a friend, & start on your journey to become an ISTE Certified educator.

What is ISTE Certification?

ISTE Certification focuses on pedagogy, not on tools or devices, and is designed to change your educational practice, whether you’re an instructional designer, library media specialist, technology coach or in another role. The program combines 14 weeks of professional learning with a six-month portfolio application and review process, and recipients can apply to receive up to four graduate-level credits for their participation. Is it rigorous? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes!

Why get ISTE certified?

ISTE Certification challenges you to stretch yourself as an educator and positions you as an expert among your colleagues. Becoming ISTE certified:

  • Deepens and expands your teaching skill set in applying the ISTE Standards for Educators in practice.
  • Allows you to earn up to four graduate-level credits.
  • Connects you with an international community of education change-makers.
  • Prepares you to model effective practice for others in your school or district. 

With your certification in hand, you’ll earn the international recognition you deserve for your technology leadership skills. And you’ll be prepared to support your teacher network in integrating tech for all of the right reasons!

To support your online learning experience, CES offers the following supports:

  • Weekly Online Office Hours
  • Quarterly Online Portfolio Work Sessions
  • Email, Telephone, and Videoconference Support

Why is ISTE Certification Unique?

  • Focus on pedagogy: ISTE Certification prioritizes pedagogy over learning specific tools or devices and is designed to change your practice.
  • Credible design: ISTE Certification is grounded in the ISTE Standards for Educators and is facilitated by ISTE Certified Trainers who are vetted and trained by ISTE, are experts in their field and who have demonstrated a deep understanding of the ISTE Standards in practice.
  • Rigor: The program involves 14 weeks of online learning, followed by up to six months to apply learning and develop job-embedded artifacts for portfolio submission. Participants can apply for up to four graduate-level credits.
  • Outcomes: ISTE Certified Educators are prepared to model effective practice for others in their schools.
  • Lifelong community: ISTE Certified Educators join a global community of educators dedicated to supporting each other as they put the Educator Standards into practice.

Steps to Becoming an ISTE Certified Educator

  1. Sign up for fully online training with the Collaborative for Educational Services.
  2. Participate in the 14-week online professional learning course that takes about 40 hours to complete. Download the syllabus for full details.
  3. After successful completion of the online learning program, you’ll have six months to prepare and submit a full portfolio, which typically takes about 40 hours to curate. During the process, you can access a certification portal with support resources, as well as a community of others seeking the ISTE Certification. Once submitted, a team of trained evaluators will review your portfolio. Successfully meet the criteria, and you’ll become an ISTE Certified Educator!

Why Take ISTE Certification with CES?

CES has been selected by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators because of our commitment to high quality edtech professional learning and the ISTE Standards as a guide for transforming teaching and learning.

To support your online learning experience, CES offers the following supports:

  • Weekly Online Office Hours
  • Quarterly Online Portfolio Work Sessions
  • Email, Telephone, and Videoconference Support

The cohort will be led by Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse and Casey Daigle from the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse is the Director of Licensure & Credentialing at the Collaborative for Educational Services. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master’s Degree in Technology Integration from Marlboro College Graduate School and a Social Media Certificate from Drury University (Missouri). Suzanne oversees the Teacher Licensure and Administrative Leadership programs at CES in addition to her role as Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery in Western Massachusetts. She is also a co-leader of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team of the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition. The Coalition includes four school districts in Western Massachusetts as well as multiple community partners and supports black and Latinx paraprofessionals to become licensed educators. The DEI Team focuses on working with district and school administrators to support paraprofessionals in this process.  

In addition to her work in educator licensure, Suzanne is part of the ISTE Certification Team at CES. Working closely with Casey Daigle, she co-leads the ISTE Certification throughout New England. This blended course is part of the ISTE Certification process which focuses on the use of educational technology for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.

Suzanne’s interests lie in the fields of blended learning, technology integration in K-12 schools, makerspaces and creativity in education, games and gamification, and adult pedagogy. She has facilitated workshops and professional learning communities in history, literacy, K-12 libraries, and technology integration. Prior to coming to CES, she worked in museum exhibit development and education.

Casey Daigle works with preK-12 teachers, administrators, and edtech leaders across Massachusetts to explore how tech can transform teaching & learning, better connect us as humans, and create more equity and inclusion. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and spends a lot of time engaging educators about makerspaces, personalized learning, and what learning feels like when it happens online.

Her personalized approach to professional development supports learners to explore possibilities and build confidence as they discover how G Suite tools and a little imagination can revolutionize their work. Additionally, she has worked extensively with design thinking, systems design, facilitation and she is certified by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators.

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