December 3, 2019 (Must be a PAID 2019-2020 MSA Member by November 4, 2019)

Applications are open — read the guidelines and apply here!

For a printer-friendly copy of the District Administrator of the Year application packet, click here.

LEADERSHIP + SUPPORT + COMMUNITY

Leadership, support, and community are three descriptors that capture the essence of the qualities Magnet Schools of American (MSA) seeks in candidates for the District Administrator of the Year based on exhibiting magnet school leadership in his or her magnet schools within the district, state and national level.

Nominees must have served as a District Level Magnet Administrator (i.e., Magnet Coordinator, Director, Manager, Specialist, Supervisor, etc.) within the district for a minimum of two (2) years and must be an active member of Magnet Schools of America at the time of the nomination. Current MSA Board Members are not eligible.

ELIGIBLITY

Nominees must have served as a District Level Magnet Administrator (i.e., Magnet Coordinator, Director, Manager, Specialist, Supervisor, etc.) within the district for a minimum of two (2) years and must be an active member of Magnet Schools of America at the time of the nomination. Current MSA Board Members are not eligible.

NOMINATION

School Board members, parents, colleagues, and community members may nominate the District Administrator.

District Administrators may nominate themselves.

A letter of nomination from the nominator must be submitted with the online application at the time of submission.

A signed acknowledgement letter from the Superintendent must be submitted with the online application at the time of submission.

Two (2) letters of recommendation. Letters from current staff will not be considered.

SELECTION PROCESS & RECOGNITION

The Executive board of MSA will determine the recipient of the District Administrator of the Year Award.

Magnet Schools of America shall present the District Administrator of the Year Award at the annual National Conference on Magnet Schools. This year’s conference will take place April 13-17, 2020 in Clark County, Nevada

Criteria 1: VISION FOR LEARNING

In no more than 500 words.

Overall Student Performance (Evidence including academic data).

Provides leadership in the development and/or revision of magnet school curriculum.

Provides schools with professional development opportunities, including but not limited to instructional support, technology integration and other aligned resources.

Criteria 2: SCHOOL SUPPORT

In no more than 500 words.

Actively promotes Magnets (Evidence the district leader promotes, supports, and builds sustainability for magnet schools in the district).

Compiles and maintains written records and reports on program implementation and results.

Assist with submitting applications for local, state and national awards.

Criteria 3: STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION AND GUIDED LEADERSHIP

In no more than 500 words.

Supports magnet schools and programs in his/her districts, including developing, implementing and marketing programs.

Serves as a liaison between magnet schools and other district schools, and magnet schools and central administration.

Coordinates the development and implementation of magnet school publicity and recruitment activities.

Facilitates and monitors implementation of activities at each magnet school.

Criteria 4: PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

In no more than 500 words.

How has the District Leader engaged parents in meaningful ways and created sustainable community engagement opportunities?

Provides magnet school visibility within the community in collaboration with the Public/Communications Department.

Has an efficient and user-friendly process for parents to apply for a magnet program.

Criteria 5: BOARD AND DISTRICT INTERACTION

In no more than 250 words.

Disseminates information to the Board, the Superintendent, and other members of the Executive Leadership Team.

Publishes a document/catalog to highlight the district programs.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

  • The following nominee/general information will need to be populated during the online submission process:
    • Nominator’s Name
    • Nominator’s Department
    • Nominator’s Job Title
    • Nominator’s Email
    • Nominee’s Name
    • Years as a Superintendent
    • Nominee Office Address
    • Official Name of School System
    • Brief description of current school system
    • School/District URL
    • System: Rural | Suburban | Urban
    • Grade Level(s) – District & Magnets
    • Total Student Enrollment – District & Magnets
    • Total Number of Schools – District & Magnets
  • A basic resume (no more than 3 pages) should accompany the application along with a photo of the District Administrator. Resume should include education, administrative experiences, professional growth opportunities and dates (i.e., memberships and offices held in professional organizations/associations; professional development activities; publications/articles; leadership positions/roles).
  • School system information (i.e., enrollment, grades, brief description of school system).
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters from current staff will not be considered.

ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE

Documents, media shares, clippings, etc. that support the district magnet administrator’s professional accomplishments. Maximum of five (5).


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