Every year the judges tell us the Magna Award nominations are more compelling and creative. It is inspiring to read about the winning programs and to meet the board members who develop them. Their work clearly benefits the students and the communities they serve. Sodexo is proud to support this recognition program that encourages innovative thinking in public education. —Steve Dunmore, president, Sodexo
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Welcome to American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards, sponsored by Sodexo. Over the past 19 years, we’ve featured many excellent examples of school district leadership, and this year is no exception. We are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase these award-winning projects as examples of innovation and excellence in school governance.
The nomination period for the MAGNA AWARDS 2014 PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED. Program nominators will be informed of the status of their nominations by the end of November. A general announcement about the winners of the Magna Awards 2014 will be made mid-March, 2014.
About the Magna Awards 2013 Program
A general announcement about the Magna Awards 2013 honorees was made April 3; writeups of this year's honored programs were posted on this webpage on that date, and can be found in the "Resources" section, below.
Every year the American School Board Journal Magna Awards highlight best practices of school district leadership. Nominations are accepted in the fall and winners are recognized at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon at the NSBA Annual Conference. Sodexo has been a proud sponsor of the awards since 1995. This past year's Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon was held Saturday, April 13, 12:00-2:00 p.m., at the San Diego Convention Center, during NSBA's 73rd Annual Conference. This past year’s luncheon featured a dynamic speaker – Margaret Regan of the FutureWork Institute – who spoke about “A Look @Today’s K-12 Students.” Her presentation offered a unique perspective on the make-up of today’s students, and key themes highlighted in the presentation include technology, social media, purchasing power, entertainment, bullying and obesity.
Watch the video about the Magna 2013 Grand Prize winners. You can read about the 2013 winning programs by clicking on the links in the "Resources" section, below. You do not need to be a subscriber to access these resources.
Listen to the Education Talk Radio episode highlighting the Magna Awards, featuring ASBJ's Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail, Gregory Yost, Sodexo's Manager of Public Relations, and representatives from two of Magna 2013's Grand Prize-winning districts: Bruce Hancock, Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Derry Township School District, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Diantha McKeel, a school board member for Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Visit our Magna information page
today for answers to frequently asked questions
And don't forget to take a look
at our new, searchable Magna Awards Best Practices Database
, where you can browse through past Magna winners and other high-scoring programs for innovative best practices, proven and practical solutions, and new ideas. New programs that receive high scores from the Magna judges will be added to the database every year -- maybe yours will be added next year!