Magna Awards 2019

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. 

  • The 2019 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 showcase their winning programs at a special Master Class session during NSBA’s 2019 annual conference, March 30 to April 1 in Philadelphia. All winning districts will be featured in the April issue of American School Board Journal.

For the 2019 awards, the judges will look for programs that:

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


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