The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.


GSBA Leading Edge Award

About the Leading Edge Awards

The GSBA Leading Edge Award seeks to highlight school districts that are leading the way in ensuring students are competitive in an ever-changing global market.

This unique achievement will recognize innovative design and implementation of projects and programs by local governance teams that are having a significant positive impact on student achievement and engagement. The award is open to any school system in Georgia.

The awards are presented at the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference in Atlanta. The Award will be rated and scored by an outside organization. We look forward to honoring the outstanding work of school districts all over Georgia.

Throughout the year, Leading Edge Award recipients may be asked to present on their recognized program at GSBA trainings and events.


The applicants select one of the 9 components of the Georgia Vision for Public Education that aligns to their innovative practice.

  1. Continuous Improvement
  2. Communication
  3. Early Learning & Student Success
  4. Teaching & Learning
  5. Teaching & Learning Resources
  6. Human & Organizational Capital
  7. Governance, Leadership & Accountability
  8. Culture, Climate & Organizational Efficacy
  9. Financial Resources

Apply for a Leading Edge Award

Leading Edge Award applications are now closed.

Leading Edge Award applications opened on Friday, August 19.

GSBA will be utilizing Award Force, an online platform, to streamline this year’s application process. Applicants will have one location to fill out their information, upload supporting evidence, and save and edit their entries up until the deadline. If you have already created an account for the Board Recognition Program, you do not have to create a new one. Simply log in with your existing username and select the Leading Edge Award application. If you have not previously created an account in Award Force, please do so when the application becomes available on August 19. If you would like to watch a demo of how the Award Force platform works, please click here.


Program Deadlines & Reminders

  • The Leading Edge Award application process opens on Friday, August 19, 2022, and closes on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 5:00 pm.
  • Returning applicants must submit different innovative practices for this year’s competition.
  • Districts may select only 1 of the 9 components of the Georgia Vision Recommendations (listed above) that aligns with their innovative program. More information on the Vision Components can be found here.
  • These awards will be presented at The GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference in December 2022.
  • Recipients of the Leading Edge Award may be asked to present at future GSBA trainings and events.

2021 Leading Edge Award Winners

Atlanta Public Schools

Baldwin County Schools

Barrow County Schools

Carrollton City Schools

Chattahoochee County Schools

Cherokee County Schools

Coffee County Schools

Dooly County Schools

Fayette County Schools

Harris County Schools

Heard County Schools

Henry County Schools

Houston County Schools

Jefferson City Schools

Liberty County Schools

Lumpkin County Schools

McDuffie County Schools

Meriwether County Schools

Muscogee County Schools

Newton County Schools

Oconee County Schools

Oglethorpe County Schools

Pike County Schools

Rockdale County Schools

Social Circle City Schools

Toombs County Schools

Walton County Schools

Washington County Schools

Please note:

The Leading Edge award and the Governance Team of the Year award are different from the board recognition program (Quality, Distinguished & Exemplary Boards). The board recognition program still exists and will be awarded this year at the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference.


Leigh Crow, Program Manager: Conferences & Events