Gilford High's Bring Your Own Device policy wins national acclaim

ALEXANDRIA, Virgina — The Gilford (N.H.) School District has been named an honorable mention recipient in the 19th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ).
The Gilford is being honored in the under 5,000 enrollment category for their program, Developing 21st Century Learning with Digital Devices.
An administrative review of a district policy banning students from bringing their own electronic devices to school led to a district-wide policy change allowing students to BYOD, or bring your own device, to school. Technology and professional development funds were used to increase wireless access and purchase tablet computers for teachers. Teachers at all instructional levels have implemented new instructional strategies and resources using techonology. The district also has a substantial e-book library.
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 from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students.
"The Magna Awards showcase the great work going on in local school districts across the country to increase student achievement and success," said Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director of NSBA. "This year's Magna Awards recipients are national models that school leaders can learn from. NSBA commends Sodexo for its continuing support of this program and its goal of highlighting outstanding public school achievements."
ASBJ initiated the Magna Awards in 1995 to recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to improve their educational programs. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 300 submissions.
The 2013 winners are highlighted in a special section in the May issue of ASBJ and will be formally recognized on Saturday, April 13, at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which is part of NSBA's 73rd Annual Conference.
In addition to a listing in the ASBJ special section, the district's winning entry will be added to the Magna Awards' searchable best practices database. Both can be found at