HISD receives Magna Award At National School Board Association Conference

April 9, 2009

This week at its 69th annual conference in San Diego, the National School Board Association presented a Magna Award to Houston Independent School District trustees Manuel Rodriguez, Carol Mims Galloway, Harvin Moore and HISD Chief Academic Officer Karen Garza.  The board was recognized for the district’s ASPIRE Educational-Improvement Model.  The district was selected as a first place winner in the American School Board Journal’s 15th annual Magna Awards program.   


Trustee Rodriguez said, “It was a great honor to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the Board of Education and it will be my distinct pleasure to present it to the rest of the board on Thursday.”  That presentation will occur during the board’s meeting tonight, which begins at 5 p.m. in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th.


ASPIRE, Accelerating Student Progress, Increasing Results and Expectations, connects all of HISD’s educational-improvement initiatives and encompasses new technology, training and communication vehicles.  It encourages ongoing teacher and school collaboration to address challenges and share best practices, and recognizes teachers producing students who achieve and make progress at the highest levels.


HISD was one of 15 school districts across the nation to win the 2009 American School Board Journal’s Magna Award.  The district also won a first place Magna Award in 2007 for the Board of Education’s innovative and effective Community Builders Program.

The Magna Awards recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. This year’s three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected based on three enrollment categories: less than 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000, and 20,000 and above.


“The ASPIRE Educational Improvement and Performance Management Model has been critical in helping to create a culture of excellence within HISD,” said HISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra. “We are so proud of the outstanding results our leaders and educators are making to accelerate academic progress of the nearly 200,000 students we serve.  This work is possible as a result of the vision and support of our Board of Trustees, and we are pleased they are being recognized with the prestigious Magna Award.”


The 2009 winners are highlighted in a special supplement to the April issue of American School Board Journal.


“As schools face unprecedented challenges in today’s difficult economy, the Magna Awards are an opportunity to showcase innovation and the bold steps taken by districts every day,” said Marilee Rist, ASBJ’s publisher and associate executive director of the National School Boards Association. “This year’s entries reflect the hard work of school boards, superintendents, and staff who strive to meet changing community needs in creative and innovative ways.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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