District Administration Magazine Names 34 ‘Districts of Distinction’

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In its July/August edition, District Administration magazine honors 34 school districts as “Districts of Distinction.” This is the ninth round of honorees for this national recognition program, which began in November 2014.

In its July/August edition, District Administration magazine honors 34 school districts as “Districts of Distinction.” This is the ninth round of honorees for this national recognition program, which began in November 2014.

Districts of Distinction was established by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges. Honorees are selected based on quantifiable results and the replicability of their initiatives. The July 2019 Districts of Distinction honorees were selected by the magazine’s editors from numerous nominations.

The 34 school systems from 19 states honored in this round have launched programs that range from partnering with outside organizations for career training to improving literacy to using music to support at-risk students and English language learners.

For example, Magazine School District in Arkansas has partnered with multiple state agencies, including the Arkansas Game and Fishing Commission and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, to operate The Conservation Academy, which prepares students for careers in eco-friendly fields such as forestry, conservation and recreation. In Bedford, Texas, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD has launched HEB Reads!, a unique communitywide literacy program aimed at preventing summer slide. And in California’s San Gabriel USD, a music immersion program for economically disadvantaged students has helped boost student attendance and grades.

“These districts have developed innovative programs to support students in their education and well beyond the classroom,” says JD Solomon, editorial director of District Administration magazine. “We hope our readers are inspired by the efforts of these honorees to create successful initiatives in their own districts.”

To view a full list of the 2019 honorees, and to apply for the 2020 round of the Districts of Distinction program, visit districtadministration.com/dod.

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District Administration, part of LRP Media Group, provides K-12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute. For more information, visit districtadministration.com.

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Ray Bendici
Managing Editor
District Administration magazine
rbendici(at)lrp(dot)com

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