Magnet Schools of America

The National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools


Interested in Serving on the
Board of Directors?

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is accepting applications and letters of interest for election and appointment to the Board of Directors for 2015-2017. Learn More

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You be the judge! 

Please review this year's top student poster contest entries and decide which one best reflects the five pillars of magnet success. Cast your vote by Friday, March 6. The winner will be announced during the national conference in Raleigh, NC. 

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February is National
Magnet School Month! 

Please join the celebration of National Magnet School Month all this February. Visit to learn how you can get involved! 

This week...STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK #magmonth

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Lessons Learned

Read the latest blog post from our National Teacher of the Year, Ron Hustvedt, Jr. as he shares his lessons learned from the classroom. Ron will post new articles every month and will also share stories about your programs. 

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Education Frontline

Stay informed of all the latest educational policy developments from Washington, DC and around the country through our Policy Insider Blog. Let this be your source of critical analysis on emerging issues that may impact your school or district. 

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Professional Development Webinars

Please register for one of our upcoming webinars sponsored by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership. These webinars will be held throughout the school year and will help you develop stronger programs and become highly effective educators. View the current schedule

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33rd National Conference on
Magnet Schools

Hosted by Wake County Public Schools

The Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 22-25, 2015

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. Attendees also will visit magnet schools at all grade levels focused on various themes within the host district.  

Workshop strands:

Leadership for New Schools (Leadership)
Engage! Encouraging Parent-advocates (Advocacy, Engagement Strategies, Models for Parent Leadership) 
Growing 21st Century Learners (Curriculum & Instruction) 
Anticipating the Future (Staffing - Growing Magnet Teachers)
Considering Our Challenges (Magnet School Design, Sustainability)
Your School Community (Community Relations) 

Featured Speakers:

Sir Ken Robinson, Educationalist, Author and Speaker

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Curtis Linton is executive vice president and co-owner of School Improvement Network, where he oversees all content and product development. The resources produced by Curtis and his team support administrators, principals and teachers in increasing their effectiveness as educators, so they can succeed in helping 100% of students become college and career ready. 


Success Stories

A.B. Combs Leadership Elementary in Wake County embodies a learning-centered model that strives for leadership development in its students based on Dr. Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It is the only magnet school to have earned the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award twice – first in 2006 and then in 2014. Keep Reading...