District Award for Magnet Sustainability

2021 Awards Plans

We wanted to remind you that we will not be launching an application process for the 2021 Awards cycle. We took this approach due to challenges with standardized assessments being suspended, as well as with apprehensions about schools and districts finding the time to complete an application given the pressures of the fall when classes resume.

Meanwhile, we hope that you will join us virtually on April 27-30, 2021 when we will be recognizing our 2020 recipients with all the much-deserved “pomp and circumstance.”

2020 President Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability

CONGRATULATIONS!

East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Donna Grady-Creer Award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies equity, excellence, and diversity while sustaining strong and dedicated support for magnet schools. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is currently the second largest public school system in the state, serving more than 41,000 students. Through the hard work and dedication of over 5,000 employees, approximately 3,000 are teachers, the district continues to show a strong and steady increase in its average District Performance Score (DPS).

Sponsored by Dr. Judith Stein

Magnet Schools of America acknowledges with gratitude the generous commitment of $10,000 from Dr. Judith Stein, First President of MSA, on December 31, 2013 to establish the MSA President Donna Grady-Creer District Award Fund.

Donna Grady-Creer was one of the founders of Magnet Schools of America in Columbus, Ohio and served President from 2000-2002. She continued her service on the Board of Directors until her passing in 2013. Donna was known for her beautiful voice that often served to provide music as emcee of the annual MSA Awards ceremony, as well as her visionary leadership, compassion, and love for magnet schools and Magnet Schools of America. Donna’s commitment to improved educational opportunities for children was evident in her community of North Little Rock, and Little Rock, Arkansas – and across the nation through her work with MSA.

Since Donna was a “district administrator”, this award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies equity, excellence, and diversity while sustaining magnet programs and schools against all odds.

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Must be a member district of Magnet Schools of America
  • Must have at least two magnet schools that have been operational 10 or more years
  • Must have at least one school that has received MSA Merit School recognition within the last 3 years
  • Must have diverse student enrollment
  • Must have hosted and/or participated in a Magnet Schools of America conference and/or summer institute and/or technical assistance conference within the last 3 years

2019 President Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability

CONGRATULATIONS!

Wake County Public Schools, Raleigh, North Carolina

The Donna Grady-Creer Award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies equity, excellence, and diversity while sustaining strong and dedicated support for magnet schools. The Wake County Public School District has 159,549 students enrolled in 187 schools as of the 2018-19 School year with seven new ones being built. It is the largest public school district in North Carolina.

Every year, dozens of Wake County Public School System schools are recognized as either Magnet Schools of Excellence or Magnet Schools of Distinction. The district’s schools also frequently win top national honors.

Forbes magazine named Raleigh, North Carolina the #1 city for raising a family, citing Wake County’s strong public school system.

Sponsored by Dr. Judith Stein


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