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.

To submit a nomination on behalf of your district, please fill out this form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 14.

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

Honorees for the fourth round of the “Districts of Distinction” program will be announced in the November 2015 edition of District Administration magazine. Districts of Distinction will have multiple opportunities for participation in 2016. For March 2016, you can apply Nov. 1 through Dec. 15; for July 2016, you can apply March 1 through April 15; and for November 2016, you can apply July 1 through August. 15.

Featured Honorees

2015 Honorees

Student achievement

Organization: Abington School District State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Beecher Community School District State: Michigan

Personalized/individualized learning

Organization: Baltimore County Public Schools State: Maryland


Organization: Barrow County School System State: Georgia

College/career readiness

Organization: Brownsville Area School District State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Roosevelt Union Free School District State: New York
Organization: Summit School District RE-1 State: Colorado

Professional development

Organization: Lansing School District State: Michigan
Organization: Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40 State: Illinois
Organization: Paradise Valley USD State: Arizona
Organization: Paulding County School District State: Georgia

Student Discipline & Graduation Rate

Organization: Greenville Public School District State: Mississippi

Graduation rate

Organization: Joplin Schools State: Missouri
Organization: Lincoln Public Schools State: Nebraska

BYOD 1-to-1 or other district-wide technology initiative

Organization: Leyden High School District 212 State: Illinois
Organization: Miami-Dade County Public Schools State: Florida
Organization: Polk School District State: Georgia


Organization: Oyster River Cooperative School District State: New Hampshire

Blended or online learning

Organization: Spring-Ford Area School District State: Pennsylvania

Early learning

Organization: Weslaco Independent School District State: Texas