Magna Awards

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

Welcome to American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards, sponsored by Sodexo. Over the past 20 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 Magna Awards 2015 nomination period is now open. The deadline for nominations has been extended to midnight, November 7, 2014. All nominations must be made online. Nominations made in any other way will be disqualified. The online nomination form is available here.

Want to find out more? Visit our Magna information page today for answers to frequently asked questions, judging criteria, and tips on making your nomination to the Magna Awards 2015.

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!

About the Magna Awards 2014 Program
Congratulations to the Magna Awards 2014 Grand Prize winners: the Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Medina, N.Y.; St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Luling, La.; and the Kent School District, Kent, Washington. Writeups of this year's honored programs can be found in the "Resources" section, below. You do not need to be a subscriber to access these resources.

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 year's Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon featured Sonia Nazario -- a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, and author of Enrique’s Journey -- who chronicled her childhood as the daughter of two immigrants. Nazario spoke about how one in four children in public schools across the United States is now an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, and discussed the tremendous traumas many of these children face even before landing in American classrooms.

Watch the video about the Magna 2014 Grand Prize winners.


  • Magna Nominations
    The nomination period for the Magna Awards 2015 program is now open.