Hosted by Hartford Public Schools
Connecticut Convention Center Downtown Hartford
May 15-18, 2014
Where the Future is Magnetic!
The MSA National Conference is an integral component of our mission of providing leadership for high-quality, innovative, instructional programs that promote choice, diversity, equity, and academic excellence for all students. Participants experience a wide spectrum of professional development opportunities that promote equity and diversity through outstanding keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and general and breakout sessions on topics including best practices, innovative instruction, technology, and theme integration in magnet education. For the first time, parents will be invited to the conference to learn more about magnet schools and how to support their children’s educational futures. Participants also will visit magnet schools at all grade levels focused on various themes within the host and sponsoring districts.
Tools of the PSAT: Helping Schools Improve Instruction and Helping Students Connect to College
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern
During this session, presenters from the College Board will explain the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) report, which allows school administrators to take a detailed look at their students' academic skills on the PSAT. This online tool is arranged by skill categories and extends across disciplines. By using this analytical tool schools can fuel a conversation about improving instruction based on student data. The presenters will also talk about, My College Quick Start, a web-based toolkit for students to improve their performance on standardized tests and to plan for college.
Presenters: Theodore Gardella, Executive Director, AP Strategy and Partnerships, College Board and Alan Bernstein, Senior District Director, New England Regional Office, College Board
School for Creative Studies
Durham Public Schools, North Carolina
The School for Creative Studies is a secondary magnet school located in eastern rural Durham, NC just north of I-85 on a campus that housed the former Chewning Middle School. Chewning was plagued with a history of low performance, high poverty, and white flight. Three years ago the district school board voted to close the school at the end of the 2012-13 school year. But on the heels of that decision came a new magnet proposal that was approved by the board and included opening a new magnet school in 2013-14 on the former campus. The magnet school would become a year-round, small 6-12 school with a program of Creative Studies.