Magna Awards

Early College Pathway Program

Critical Care

Lammersville Unified School District, Mountain House, California


Extended Learning Opportunities

Critical Care

Hinsdale School District, Hinsdale, New Hampshire


High School Attollo Program

Critical Care

Ephrata Area School District, Ephrata, Pennsylvania


Driven by diversity and empowered through education, Attollo is a comprehensive, six-week program that illuminates the pathway to postsecondary education for prospective first-generation college students. Ephrata High School offers the program for 11th graders who meet this criterion.

#FUTUREREADY - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Delaware

5,000 to 20,000 enrollment

Every year, ninth-graders in Red Clay high schools get their pictures taken in a cap and gown. It’s a not-so-subtle message to students that they are all headed for graduation.

Equity and Success for English Learners - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia

Over 20,000 enrollment

Teacher Robynn Bevelacqua sits in a chair surrounded by fourth and fifth graders. She eyes two giggling boys and gently invites one boy to come sit next her. She resumes the language lesson for her class of English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Teatro Leyden: A Bilingual Approach to a High School Theater Program - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Leyden Community High School District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois

Under 5,000 enrollment

When she was a sophomore, Hilda Mendoza tried out for the Spanish-speaking cast of “The House on Mango Street.” An English as a Second Language (ESL) student at Leyden West High School more comfortable with Spanish, she was surprised when the director cast her for the English version of the play.

Breaking Down Barriers

Equity issues are the focus of the 2018 Magna Awards

Inclusion of all students, welcoming newcomers, and making sure all students are held to high standards—those are among the winning programs for this year’s Magna Awards.
For more than 20 years, the Magna Awards, with our sponsor, Sodexo, have been recognizing innovative school district programs. This year, the focus is on equity. Our winning districts—­the grand prize winners and the first-place winners—are working to remove barriers to achievement for underserved and vulnerable students.

Opioid Crisis Another Dilemma for Urban Education

Story by Micah Ali

When President Donald Trump dramatically declared the opioid crisis a “national health emergency” a month ago, he was announcing the grim reality that those of us working for and in low-income communities of color have faced on the ground for a generation—that opioids and other drugs kill and destroy hope.

Fair Representation

Urban districts strive to solve disproportionality in their schools

Story by Michelle Healy

Disproportionality isn’t a word that regularly pops up in casual conversation, but for school leaders invested in the work of improving urban education, it’s an essential part of the dialogue and the mission of equity. 

Teacher Diversity Matters

Critical Care

Recruitment, retention are part of the complex solution

Story by Del Stover

Urban school boards have struggled for years to improve the diversity of their teaching staffs, so students will have at least some teachers who look like them.

Yet, such efforts don’t seem to have helped all that much. Although the number of students of color increases year after year, the number of minority teachers fails to keep pace.


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