Conferences and Events

Professional Development and Leadership Conferences

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) hosts professional development conferences and events throughout the year to help magnet school leaders and educators improve their skills and build successful magnet programs. 

Policy Training Conference

Held annually in the nation's capital during National Magnet School Month in February, the conference is designed to help magnet school leaders and educators understand the complex federal, state, and local policy issues that influence their magnet schools. During conference sessions, political leaders and policy experts provide their guidance and analysis on matters related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Common Core Standards, federal education funding, legal and civil rights issues, and new and emerging educational research. Attendees also visit Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives to promote and raise awareness of the success of magnet schools.

National Conference on Magnet Schools

More than a thousand 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. Following the national conference, MSA also hosts a post-conference workshop 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 the Wake County Public School System.

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 

The fall conference is designed to assist district level and school level administrators who are responsible for creating, expanding, or improving magnet schools or programs. It addresses strategic planning, grant writing, staff development, curriculum and instruction, student assessment, and school leadership.

MSA/NIMSL Webinar Series

MSA's webinar series provides online professional development for teachers, principals, coordinators and administrators. Sessions feature magnet school leaders, educators, and scholars who share their expertise related to school leadership, curriculum and theme development, effective instructional practices, education technology, and other relevant topics.