Conferences and Events

Professional Development and Leadership Conferences

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) hosts several professional development and training conferences throughout the year to help you build stronger and more effective programs. 


Policy Training Conference

Held in the winter following every federal election, magnet school leaders visit the nation's capital to learn about the new political landscape and how it affects magnet schools. Leading policy experts and leaders discuss the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Common Core Standards, the federal education budget, legal and civil rights issues, and new and emerging educational research. Attendees also visit Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to promote magnet schools.


National Conference on Magnet Schools

Approximately 1,000-1,200 magnet school teachers, principals, and administrators from across the country participate in MSA's annual meeting. It features outstanding keynote speakers and sessions focusing on best practices in curriculum and instruction, technology integration, school leadership, and magnet school design. Participants have many professional development and networking opportunities and visit magnet schools by theme and grade level within the host district and surrounding interdistrict programs. Following the national conference MSA also hosts a post-conference that allows attendees to extend their learning beyond the conference and use this time for mindful planning. This year's national conference will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina (April 22-25, 2015) and is hosted by Wake County Public Schools.


Summer Institute and Leadership Academy 

MSA's Summer Institute offers professional development for teachers and principals, as well as leadership training for principals or aspiring principals through MSA's Leadership Academy sponsored by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL).


Fall Technical Assistance and Training Conference 

This is MSA's most popular conference for magnet school leaders and educators. Held in the fall, it addresses strategic planning, staff development, curriculum and instruction, student assessment, and school leadership. One of the most frequently asked questions is, "How do I start a magnet program?" This and many other essential questions are answered in the Technical Assistance and Training Conference.


MSA/NIMSL Webinar Series

MSA's webinar series provides online professional development for teachers, coordinators, principals, and administrators.  Stay tuned for the upcoming 2014-2015 schedule...in the line-up: sessions hosted by top magnet schools on 'screaming your theme', Google Collaboration, innovation and leadership to name a few.  The MSA webinar series is sponsored by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL).