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Magna Awards 2018

Breaking Down Barriers to Learning

NSBA’s Magna Awards program have a long history of recognizing school district innovation and creativity in helping increase student achievement. For 2018, we are making a change in the criteria of the awards.

The 2018 awards program will focus on equity in education. It will recognize district programs that remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children.

A grand prize and five winners will be awarded in each enrollment category: under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment.

Three grand prize winners will present on their winning programs at a special Master Class session during NSBA’s 2018 annual conference, April 7 to 9, in San Antonio. All winning districts will be featured in the April issue of American School Board Journal.

For the 2018 awards, judges will be looking for programs that:

Seek to remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children, based on race, ethnicity, gender, special needs, geography, or socioeconomic status.

Reflect and support your school board’s equity mission and vision for the district

Show evidence of success over time

Have longevity and sustainability  

Are capable of being replicated by other school districts with similar conditions and resources.

The nomination period has closed but for more information, visit our FAQ page.

Want to Find Out More?

Visit our Magna Awards FAQ page today for answers to frequently asked questions, judging criteria, and tips on making your nomination to the Magna Awards 2018.

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