Kentucky districts have earned several Magna Awards in past years
Between now and Oct. 31, your district can apply for the 2012 Magna Awards (http://www.asbj.com/MainMenuCategory/Supplements/MagnaAwards/default.aspx),American School Board Journal's annual program that honors best practices in school districts.
Co-sponsored by NSBA and Sodexo School Services, the Magna Awards recognize programs that showcase district leadership, creativity, innovation and commitment to student achievement.
An independent panel of judges looks for programs that are developed or actively supported by the school board and the result of appropriate board leadership and collaboration. Winning programs must be successful in view of their primary objectives and promote the advancement of student learning. Special consideration is given to programs that can be replicated in districts with similar conditions and resources.
Nominations are judged in one of three categories: enrollment under 5,000; 5,000-20,000 students; and more than 20,000 students. One grand prize winner is selected in each category and receives a $4,000 contribution from Sodexo. Five additional winners and five honorable mention recipients also are selected from each enrollment category.
Magna Winning programs and those receiving Honorable Mention, plus additional programs receiving scores from the Magna judges high enough to qualify them as Notable Programs, will be added every year to the searchable Magna Awards Best Practices Database (http://www.asbj.com/MagnaSearch), a resource for innovative school district, proven and practical solutions for big and small district problems, and new ideas. Selected programs will be in the database for at least five years.
Only nominations submitted online http://www.asbj.com/MagnaNominations) will be accepted. Nominations submitted in any other way will be disqualified and not presented to the judges.
To be eligible, school districts must be in the United States or the U.S. Virgin Islands and a member of their state school boards association.
Questions? Please call Magna Awards Coordinator Margaret Suslick at 703-838-6739 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org.