Magna Awards

2017 Grand Prize Winners


The 2017 Magna award winners discover new and different ways to help their students and community

Kathleen Vail

Creativity cannot be mandated. However, school leaders can foster it among their administrators and employees. When conditions are right—when leaders are open to new ideas and allow for failure—good things happen for students.

Crown Point High School Summer Engage

Magna Grand Prize Winner - 5,000 to 20,000

Crown Point Community School Corporation, Crown Point, Indiana

Grand Prize Winner: 5,000 to 20,000 Enrollment

When Mark Gianfermi started his job as assistant principal of Crown Point High School, it was July. Summer school, mandatory for students who had failed core subjects during the year, was in full swing. “I asked teachers, ‘Is this fun for you?’” he says. “They said, ‘No, it’s really hard.’”

Literacy By 3

Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas



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