The American School Board Journal organizes the "Magna Awards" which is an annual program to showcase school districts and projects in the United States which are examples of innovation and excellence in school governance. The program was started in 1995 by the magazine with an objective to highlight school boards that improve educational programs by taking remarkable steps. Currently, the Magna Awards program is co-sponsored by the National School Boards Association and Sodexo.
Nominees are separated into three categories based on the size of their school districts: enrollment under 5,000, from 5,000-20,000, and over 20,000. In each category, there is one grand prize winner, five additional awards and five honorable mentions. The criteria of judging include the involvement of the school board, the success of the projects, the ability to replicate in other school districts, and the advancement of student learning.
Awards and recognition
The American School Board Journal received the following awards:
- Two articles from the magazine were finalists of the National Magazine Awards in 1980 and 1984 in the categories of "Specialized Journalism" and "Public Service" respectively.
- The 2001 "Golden Lamp Award" in adult publication from the Association of Educational Publishers.
- The Education Writers Association's National Awards for Education Reporting in multiple years.
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- "Magna Awards". National School Boards Association. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Cullotta, Karen Ann. "1st Year Results In National Award For Choice School". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "What is Magna?". National School Boards Association. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "National Magazine Awards: Winners and Finalists". American Society of Magazine Editors. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "2001 Golden Lamp Award Winners". Association of Educational Publishers. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "EWA Announces Winners of National Reporting Contest". Education Writers Association. Archived from the original on 2013-05-02. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
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