Magna Awards 2018

Breaking Down Barriers to Learning

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

  • The 2018 awards program focused on equity in education. It recognized district programs that remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children.
  • A grand prize and five winners were awarded in each enrollment category: under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment.
  • Three grand prize winners showcased 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 were featured in the April issue of American School Board Journal.

For the 2018 awards, the judges looked for programs that:

  • Removed barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children, based on race, ethnicity, gender, special needs, geography, or socioeconomic status.
  • Supported their school board’s equity mission and vision for the district
  • Exhibited success over time
  • Had longevity and sustainability  
  •  Could be replicated by other school districts with similar conditions and resources.


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