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.

For more than 20 years, the Magna Awards have been recognizing innovative school district programs supported by board governance. This year’s Grand Prize-winning districts are providing opportunities for their most vulnerable students, cultivating a culture of kindness, respect, and achievement districtwide, and removing barriers to achievement for students with disadvantages, with the support of their school leaders.

Each year, one district from each of the three student enrollment categories—under 5,000, 5,000 to 20,000, and 20,000 and higher—earns the Magna Grand Prize. In addition, five award winners and five honorable mention districts are chosen for each category. These districts and their school boards will be honored by the editors of ASBJ and Magna program sponsor Sodexo at NSBA’s annual conference in March in Denve.

Grand Prize Winners

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