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 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.
About the Magna Awards 2014 Program
A general announcement about the Magna Awards 2014 honorees was made March 5; writeups of this year's honored programs were posted on this webpage on that date, and 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 will be held Saturday, April 5, 12:00-2:00 p.m., at the New Orleans Convention Center, during NSBA's 74th Annual Conference. This year’s luncheon will feature a dynamic speaker – Sonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, and author of Enrique’s Journey – who will speak about how one in four children in public schools across the United States are now immigrants or the child of an immigrant, and discuss the tremendous traumas many of these children face even before landing in American classrooms.
Watch the video about the Magna 2013 Grand Prize winners.
Listen to an 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!