What is Districts of Distinction?

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.

After one year, there have been 473 district nominations resulting in 176 districts being honored.

How do I apply?

Nominations for the July 2016 Districts of Distinction have closed. Please click here to see the July 2016 honorees.

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 has moved to an annual recognition program, with honorees announced in the July edition of District Administration. Applications for the 2017 program will open in January.