FALL Technical Assistance & Training Conference

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Conference Schedule

Day 1 – Sunday, October 9, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Registration and Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast - 9:00AM (Capital Terrace)
  • Opening Session - 9:30AM (Congressional Room)
    Keynote: Maree Sneed, Partner, Hogan Lovells 
    OCR Update – What you need to know about the U.S. Department of Education’s Recent Civil Rights Enforcement
  • AM Refresh - 10:35AM (Upper Lobby)
  • General Session - 10:50AM (Federal AB | Senate)
    MSA Speed Networking Activity (everyone is an expert)
  • Lunch - 12:00PM (Congressional Room)
  • General Session - Magnet Tank - 1:00PM (Congressional Room)
    During the fall conference five companies will have 15 minutes to pitch their products and services during a fun presentation inspired by the hit television show Shark Tank.
    Participants will put their best foot forward to showcase how they can help your school or district create more engaging and innovative learning environments.

    Featured products will include:
    --Augmented Reality Technology
    --Computer coding skills based on gaming
    --Curriculum to facilitate entrepreneurship in students
    --Cultural studies
    --And more!!
  • PM Refresh - 2:15PM (Upper Lobby)
  • Breakout Session 1 | Concurrent Sessions - 2:30PM 

    STEMformation: Implementing a Culture of STEM
    (Federal AB)

    The Learner Experience through the Lens of Magnet (Senate)

Day 2 – Monday, October 10, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)

Registration and Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast - 9:00AM (Capital Terrace)
  • Magnet 'Shark' Tank Continued - 9:10AM (Congressional Room)
  • Opening Session - 9:30AM (Congressional Room)
    Keynote: Dr. Frederick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
    Cage-Busting Leadership
  • Lunch - 12:15PM (Capital Terrace | Congressional Room)
  • Breakout Session 4 | Concurrent Sessions - 1:30PM

    Don’t be complacent – think strategically for longevity (Federal AB)

    Helping Your Students Become Innovators and Entrepreneurs (Senate)

  • PM Refresh - 2:40PM (Upper Lobby)
  • Moving Beyond Tolerance to Acceptance: The continuum to sustainability - 2:50PM (Congressional Room)
  • PM Break - 4:00 PM (Upper Lobby)
  • Thought-Leaders Discussion: The Landscape & Challenges of Magnet Schools Today - 4:15PM (Congressional Room)

    Richard D. Kahlenberg
    Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, Washington, D.C. 
    Richard Kahlenberg has been called "the intellectual father of the economic integration movement" in K-12 schooling. He is the author of six books including All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice and is the editor of The Future of School Integration: Socioeconomic Diversity as an Education Reform Strategy. Kahlenberg has also written articles that have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and elsewhere. Furthermore, he has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and NPR. 

    Martin T. Reid, 2016 National Magnet School Principal of the Year  |  Principal, Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts - Miami, Florida
    Miami-Dade County's Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts has become an award winning Visual, Performing, and Communicative Arts Conservatory under the leadership of Martin Reid. Mr. Reid's involvement in all aspects of his school have contributed to the transformation of a D-graded middle school into a 6-12 grade conservatory with above-average graduation rates.

    Enid Rey, Executive Director of the Office of School Choice, Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut  |  Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Board Member
    Enid Rey's school district features 20 magnet programs that have received many of MSA's most  prestigious awards including the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Award and the Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability. Enid was featured on the highly acclaimed radio show  This American Life in 2015. The broadcast The Problem We All Live With explored the daunting challenges faced by school districts striving to fulfill the promise of Brown vs. Board of Education. She has subsequently been featured on CNN and recently testified before the U.S. Congress about her school district's substantial progress toward achieving the goal of school integration.  

    Matthew Waynee, 2016 National Magnet School Teacher of the Year  |  Teacher, Cinematic Arts and Engineering Magnet - Los Angeles, California
    A Hollywood screenwriter and Teach for America alum, Matt Waynee has led the development of a rich cinematic arts-focused curriculum at his magnet school by greatly expanding course offerings. As a result, his students have produced videos that have been published online with the L.A. Times, audio stories that have been showcased on an NPR website, and have been awarded trips to DreamWorks Animation Studios to meet professional animators. 

Day 3 – Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m.

  • Breakfast (Upper Lobby)
  • Certification: Standards of Excellence | Concurrent Sessions

    COHORT I: Current cohort attendees will participate in an in-depth examination of the Standards of Excellence to better support their journey toward gaining certification. (Federal A)

    FUTURE CANDIDATES: Explore the history of the Standards of Excellence and the journey toward launching the certification process.  Participants will be engaged as prospective applicants in a readiness inventory. (Federal B)
  • AM Refresh - 10:00AM (Upper Lobby)
  • cont'd...Certification: Standards of Excellence