Leading Edge Awards

Inspiring educational innovation: celebrating districts making a difference.

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GSBA’s Leading Edge Awards recognize innovative school districts in Georgia driving positive change and ensuring students’ competitiveness in the global market. Open to all school systems in the state, this prestigious accolade celebrates outstanding projects and programs with a significant impact on student achievement and engagement. Presented annually at the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference in Atlanta, recipients may also share their recognized initiatives at GSBA trainings and events throughout the year, highlighting the importance of pioneering approaches to education.

Leading Edge Awards

Program Update

In 2019, GSBA proudly launched the Leading Edge Award program, aiming to spotlight school districts at the forefront of fostering students’ competitiveness in an ever-evolving global landscape.

Over the past five years, this esteemed recognition has celebrated nearly 70 Georgia Public School Systems for their innovative projects and programs, each making a significant positive impact on student achievement and engagement.

To uphold the integrity of this distinguished accolade and ensure its continued excellence, GSBA has decided to suspend the Leading Edge Award Program for the year 2024. This pause allows us to meticulously review the program’s criteria and judging process, refining it to elevate the award’s standards for the future.

We deeply appreciate your understanding as we undertake this necessary step to enhance the Leading Edge program. Rest assured, this decision was made with careful consideration, and our commitment remains steadfast in revitalizing the program for its return in 2025, stronger and more impactful than ever.

In the interim, we trust in your ongoing dedication to innovative initiatives that positively shape the lives of Georgia’s Public School students.

Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to educational excellence.

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2023 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2023 GSBA Leading Edge Awards! Your dedication to innovative projects and programs has had a profound impact on student achievement and engagement, setting a standard of excellence for education in Georgia. Your commitment to pushing the boundaries of possibility in education is truly inspiring, and we commend you for your outstanding contributions to shaping the future of our students.

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Ready to showcase your district’s innovative projects and programs? Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your impact on student achievement and engagement. Let’s celebrate excellence in education together!

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