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.
A Relentless Focus on Excellence & Access: A Quarter Century of Magnet Schools in Hillsborough County, Florida
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern
Magnet schools were introduced in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) nearly 25 years ago, largely as a tool for promoting diversity in urban schools. Since then the goals - and themes - of the magnets have evolved. Today, HCPS and the nation have more magnets than ever. Diversity remains an important goal, but now magnets serve many additional purposes. Besides offering families real choices, magnet schools are crucial components of the district’s ongoing efforts to offer excellent educational opportunities and continuous improvement. During this webinar, the district's superintendent and former magnet school supervisor will discuss what has worked in Hillsborough and why.
Presenter: MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida.
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.