District Administration Names 24 more ‘Districts of Distinction’

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Innovative districts nationwide honored in DA’s biannual award program

In its July edition, District Administration magazine has honored 24 more school districts as Districts of Distinction. This is the sixth 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 July 2016 Districts of Distinction honorees were selected by the magazine’s editors from numerous nominations.

The 24 school systems honored in this round of Districts of Distinction, from 16 states, have launched programs that range from partnering with outside organizations for career training to providing healthy breakfasts in classrooms to facilitate learning.

For example, high school juniors and seniors in Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Missouri participate in the Missouri Innovation Campus, which offers practical instruction in technology-related fields followed by internships with local businesses. Compton Unified School District in California partners with nearby California State University, Dominguez Hills for Project Reach in which college students serve as reading tutors for socioeconomically disadvantaged children. And in New Jersey, students with special needs at Henry Hudson Regional School find comfort, support and, ultimately, success, thanks to Hudson, a certified service dog.

“What distinguishes these districts is developing exemplary ways to support students in the educational process beyond traditional classroom lessons,” 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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