Magna Awards

WiFi on Wheels

Coachella Valley Unified School District
Thermal, California

The district is located in a rural area that has limited access to connectivity and serves a large number of families with socioeconomic challenges. It equipped 100 school buses with wireless routers that provide the average student over 200 learning hours or 30 extra learning days over the course of the year. One bus was parked in a mobile home park with no connectivity, providing Internet access to 500 students and families.

Creating Connections and Doing it Right: Sauk Rapids-Rice to Changchun, China

Sauk Rapids-Rice School District (ISD 47)
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

To increasing global competencies, the district provides Chinese language and culture instruction and establishes relationships with students of the same age in Asia through its sister school in Changchun. High school students have the opportunity to travel to China for two weeks at little or no cost to their families.

Building a Positive School Culture

Bethel Park School District
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2016 Magna Awards

Alexandria, Va. (March 11, 2016) – Fremont County School District No. 6 in Pavillion, Wyoming; Crown Point Community School Corporation in Crown Point, Indiana; and Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District in Bedford, Texas, have been named the grand prize winners in the 22nd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

Magna Awards Frequently Asked Questions

How do I nominate my district programs?

When the nomination form is available, the link will take you to the Magna Awards application page, which is supported by Reviewr. You will have to create an account before you can submit. You may make multiple submissions under your account. Please contact a support person at Reviewr at (link sends e-mail) or 402-261-5802 if you need assistance.

Share Your Success

Nominate your district for a Magna Award

Has your district recently solved a complex problem? Created a program that raised student achievement? Lowered the dropout rate? Increased parent involvement? Improved professional development?

Chances are, other districts are facing problems similar to the ones you have faced. Let them know how you solved them by nominating your district for a 2016 Magna Award.

2015 ASBJ Magna Award Winners

Highlights of the 2015 Magna Awards grand prize winners.

Ron Clark: Help your best teachers

Ron Clark speaking at Magna

Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Photography

Schools are like buses. Some teachers are runners; others are joggers and walkers. Then there are riders. “The true problem is the people sitting on the bus,” said Ron Clark. “They drag everyone down.”

Clark, former Teacher of the Year and the founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, spoke at the School Leaders Luncheon Saturday at NSBA’s annual conference in Nashville. During his presentation, he moved constantly throughout the room, jumping up on empty chairs and making eye contact with the audience.


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