Magna Awards

Preparing Good People

Empathy is the root of social and emotional learning

Robin L. Flanigan

Timothy Hoss calls empathy education “the missing link in our work with young people.”

Shattering Stereotypes

Women of color who lead schools are a small but growing group

Michelle Healy​

Early in her career as a high school English teacher in Rockford, Illinois, Sharon Contreras knew she wanted to be a superintendent. And she wasn’t shy about sharing that goal with Ronald Epps, then superintendent of Rockford Public Schools.

Segregation’s Legacy


On the 65th anniversary of Brown, we revisit the town at the center of the school integration movement

Glenn Cook

Sixty-nine years ago, black residents from a small South Carolina town filed a lawsuit that ultimately would change history. Four years and one day later, on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court made sure of that.

The Hard Work of Equity

Winners of the 2019 Magna Awards are breaking down barriers for students

Kathleen Vail​

Three school districts earn top honors in 2019 Magna Awards for equity programs

NSBA is pleased to announce the Winchester Public Schools, Winchester, Virginia; Coatesville Area School District, Thorndale, Pennsylvania; and Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa, grand-prize winners in the 25th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the NSBA's flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ). This is the second year that the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for their efforts to bring educational equity to their students.

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2019 Magna Awards for Equity Programs

Alexandria, Va., (March 7, 2019) – Winchester Public Schools, Winchester, Virginia; Coatesville Area School District, Thorndale, Pennsylvania; and Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa, are the grand-prize winners in the 25th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ).

Help Students Build Their Future While Staying Debt-Free

Employment in the electrical and high-tech information systems industry is projected to grow significantly over the next ten years, with increases in construction spending and growing demand for alternative power generation, such as solar and wind, driving demand for electricians. The route to careers in the electrical industry is via apprenticeship.

Bethlehem Area Schools Make Stunning Strides In Reading

Kindergarten Benchmarks Increase From 47% to 92% In Just Three Years!

Sixteen elementary schools, in the 6th largest district in Pennsylvania, soar to success in raising their kindergarten benchmark scores to an unprecedented level of achievement by implementing a comprehensive MTSS process with Step By Step Learning®.

Assessment Audits: Tools for Early Identification and Intervention

Is your district spending too much time and money on assessment?

Are you collecting data that doesn’t get used?

Do you struggle to keep up with state and federal testing requirements?

Assessment is an essential component of effective educational delivery systems. However, many districts struggle to find the right combination of answering important questions about student learning, while minimizing time away from instruction.

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