District Administration Names 33 More ‘Districts of Distinction’

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Innovative districts nationwide honored in DA’s tri-annual award program

In its March edition, District Administration magazine has honored 33 more school districts as Districts of Distinction. This is the fifth round of honorees in this national recognition program, which began in November 2014.

Districts of Distinction was created by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. Honorees were selected based on the quantifiable results and replicability of their initiatives. The March 2016 Districts of Distinction honorees were selected by the magazine’s editors from numerous nominations.

The 33 school systems honored in this round of Districts of Distinction, from 17 states, have launched programs that range from partnering with outside organizations for career training to providing online access for children in poverty.

For example, Deer Park Community City School District in Ohio is teaming with local businesses to operate career academies where students who are not necessarily college bound can learn about actual workplace issues and develop practical problem-solving skills. Cherry Creek Schools in Colorado is working with NASA and Colorado State University on a STEM initiative in which students engage in tasks like designing experiments for the International Space Station. And in California, the Coachella Valley Unified School District installed wireless routers on its buses to provide internet connectivity for students who don’t have home access.

“It is inspiring to see how creatively these districts have responded to new challenges when resources are often in short supply,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “We hope our readers are inspired by the innovation of these honorees to create successful initiatives in their own districts.”

To view a full list of honorees and to learn how to apply for future rounds of Districts of Distinction, visit http://www.districtadministration.com/dod.

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District Administration provides K12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management, through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits. For more information, visit http://www.districtadministration.com.

Ray Bendici
Special Projects Editor
District Administration magazine

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