What is the Districts of Distinction?

The Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. We’re looking to recognize established initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits, and that could be replicated by other districts.

If your school district is engaged in an innovative project that is improving student outcomes, streamlining operations or meeting the needs of your community, it could be a District of Distinction.

How do I apply?

To submit a nomination on behalf of your district, please fill out the form at this link. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 11. Honorees for the fifth round of the Districts of Distinction program will be announced in March 2016.

How does DA promote honorees?

Districts of Distinction honorees will:

  • Be identified in District Administration magazine and on the magazine’s website
  • Be included in a nationally distributed press release and in The District, a newsletter distributed to superintendent-members of the District Administration Leadership Institute
  • Receive a District of Distinction plaque along with a letter of commendation from the Publisher of District Administration
  • Receive a press release template to promote their recognition to local media

Will there be future opportunities to apply?

Districts of Distinction will have two more opportunities for participation in 2016. For the July 2016 round, you can apply March 1 through April 15; and for November 2016, you can apply July 1 through August 15.