Harrisonburg Schools Win Honorable Mention

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Harrisonburg City Public Schools has been named an Honorable Mention Recipient in the 20th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ).

The Magna Awards honors districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 250 submissions.

The school system was recognized for its “STEM from K-12 and Beyond” initiative. The goal of the HCPS K-12 STEM program is to provide integrated, enriching, rigorous experiences for all students at an early age that will project students onto a pathway of future success.

Through the program, students develop 21st century skills: critical thinking, problem solving, creative thinking and innovation, communication, and

“The Magna Awards, supported by Sodexo, showcase outstanding models for local school board leadership and school district success to advance student achievement,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association. “Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ STEM from K-12 and Beyond program is a national model for school district innovation driven by school board leadership.”

The 2014 winners are highlighted in a special section in the March/April issue of ASBJ and will be formally recognized on Sat., April 5, at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which is part of NSBA’s 74th Annual Conference.

In addition to a listing in the ASBJ special section, the districts’ winning entries will be added to the Magna
Awards’ searchable best practices database. Both can be found at

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