2017 Magma Award Winners
Topeka Public Schools was the first place national Magna Award Winner. The district is one of five first place winners in the nation and the only one in Kansas. Topeka’s Tot Spot program was recognized. This program involved repurposing van to use as a therapy delivery venue for speech/language, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and early childhood services. Tot SPOT relieved the parents, overcoming transportation and attendance issues created by low socioeconomic circumstances.
Blue Springs School District in Blue Springs, Missouri was also a first place national Magma Award Winner. Project ZAM (Zoo and Me). In this project he children learn about different zoo animals through a partnership with the Kansas City Zoo. Parents receive materials and guidance on how to work with their children at home on various kindergarten readiness skills. The program culminates in a visit to the zoo, including rides and a family lunch.
The Magna Awards is a national recognition program that honors school board best practices and innovative programs that advance student learning. For more than 20 years, the Magna Awards panel of independent judges has reviewed programs that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement. Magna nominations are judged in three enrollment categories (under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment) with one Grand Prize Winner in each category.