Rewarding District Best Practices

By Cecile Holmes

The three school districts that won grand prizes in each category of this year’s Magna Awards view high school as a critical stage in public education. Rather than giving up on their high school students and those who’ve already dropped out, each winning district established creative and innovative high school programs.

Among this year’s award winners, educators in one Georgia public school district are fighting to increase graduation rates by offering three different alternative high schools in a diverse, rapidly growing district. In another Georgia district, school leaders are helping dropouts with work or child care conflicts to earn high school diplomas. In California, a district is using technology education to raise state test scores, build confidence, and increase opportunities for high school students.

These three districts, along with other winning districts, are being recognized through the Magna Awards, presented annually by the editors of American School Board Journal in cooperation with Sodexho School Services.

Information on each of the winning and honorable mention districts can be found in a supplement that comes with this month’s issue. The Magna Award winners and honorable mention districts will be recognized at the ASBJ Luncheon for School Leaders on March 31 during the National School Boards Association’s annual conference in Orlando.

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