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 build their expertise and skills. 


Policy Training Conference

Held annually in the nation's capital during National Magnet School Month in February, the policy conference is designed to help magnet school professionals understand the complex federal, state, and local policy issues that influence their programs. 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 emerging educational research. Attendees also visit Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives to raise awareness of the need for magnet schools.


National Conference on Magnet Schools

More than a thousand magnet school principals, teachers, and administrators from across the country participate in MSA's annual meeting. It features outstanding keynote speakers and sessions that focus on best practices in curriculum and instruction, technology integration, school leadership, and magnet school design.

During the event, participants experience a multitude of professional development and networking opportunities. They also tour magnet schools by theme and grade level within the host district. In addition, following the national conference, a post-conference workshop is held 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 Miami, Florida (May 3-7, 2016) and is hosted by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.


Summer Institute and Leadership Academy 

MSA's summer institute offers professional development opportunities for magnet school administrators and teachers. Leadership training for principals or aspiring principals is also offered 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. It addresses strategic planning, grant writing, staff development, curriculum and instruction, student assessment, and school leadership.


National Institute for Magnet School Leadership Webinar Series

This annual webinar series provides online professional development for principals, teachers, magnet coordinators and administrators. Session topics focus on school leadership, curriculum and theme development, project-based learning, technology integration, and much more.