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Celebrating Innovation and Excellence in K12

What is Districts of Distinction?

Districts of Distinction is a national annual 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.

So far, there have been 787 district nominations resulting in 287 districts being honored.

The July 2017 honorees can be viewed here.

When will the 2018 round begin?

Nominations are now being accepted here.

Nominations will close on March 1, 2018, at 11 pm ET.

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