Awards

Minnesota School Boards Association Winner of NSBA 2016 Innovation Award for Pursuit of Innovation to Affect Student Outcomes

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the NSBA 2016 Innovation Award was presented to the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), in recognition of its innovative approach leading to enhanced leadership and association capacity, and renewed commitment to equity and diversity in student achievement.

Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education of Owensboro, Kentucky Receives $10,000 Kennedy Center and NSBA Award

Washington, DC - April 11, 2016 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education in Owensboro, Kentucky, will receive the 28th annual Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, will be presented today by Mario R. Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center, at the National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

National Survey Recognizes School Districts for Innovative Uses of Technology


SACRAMENTO, Calif.  (March 30, 2016)School districts’ use of technologies such as digital literacy training for parents, student-run technology support centers, robotic systems that record classroom teaching and learning, and data analytics earned top rankings in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s annual Digital School Districts  Survey.

Now in its 12th year, the Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize exemplary use of  technology by school boards and districts.

Virginia, Georgia, and New Jersey school districts earn top ranking in their enrollment category.

NSBA Announces 2016 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 16, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is happy to announce the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.

“The Technology Innovation Showcase was created to introduce school leaders to new approaches, enabled by technology, that address real issues in K-12 education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “With its unique focus on the intersection of education policy and technology practice, NSBA has a long history of serving as a bridge between the entrepreneurial community and school leaders charged with making critical decisions.”

The 2016 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

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.

National School Boards Association Names “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders

Professional development and digital citizenship are key themes 

Alexandria, Va. (March 4, 2016) – The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announces its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2015-2016. These education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students. Honorees are from: Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Akron Public Schools Board Member Receives 2015 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award

Alexandria, Va. (October 2, 2015) - The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award: Akron Public Schools Board Member, Reverend Dr. Curtis T. Walker Sr. . . .

“NSBA presents the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who demonstrate long-standing commitment to the educational needs of urban school children,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Reverend Dr. Walker through his dedication and service been an outstanding advocate and champion for student achievement in his community.”

2015 Urban School Board Excellence Award Winners are Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Lincoln Public Schools

Alexandria, Va. (October 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the district winners of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2015 Award for Urban School Board Excellence: Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Indiana’s Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools.

Each year CUBE recognizes exemplary school boards for their excellence in school board governance, ability to build civic capacity, success in closing the achievement gap and working for equity in education, and demonstrated success of academic excellence. At CUBE’s annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-3, the winning districts had the opportunity to share their success stories and best practices, highlighting the crucial connection between effective school board governance and student achievement.

“NSBA is happy to honor Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Lincoln Public Schools for their accomplishments and ongoing work to improve student learning in their districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association.

Louisiana School Boards Association Exec. Dir. Scott Richard Honored for Leadership in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (August 20, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Scott M. Richard, Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA), as the winner of the 2015 Thomas Shannon Award for Excellence. The Shannon Award, established in 1997 in honor of former NSBA Executive Director Thomas A. Shannon, is given annually to recognize extraordinary efforts performed on behalf of NSBA, local school board constituencies, and school communities. Richard will be presented with the award at the Summer Leadership Seminar, August 22, in Chicago, Illinois.

“In less than three years, Scott has helped transform LSBA through effective leadership and a great sense of resolve,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “His work has earned tangible victories for public schools and reestablished LSBA as the leading advocate for public education in Louisiana.”

Kennedy Center Honors Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education for Arts Education

Washington, D.C. (March 23, 2015) —The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will receive the 27th annual Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. 

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