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Meeting at the Pinnacle of Public School Choice

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
February 10-12, 2016

Held annually in the nation's capital during National Magnet School Month in February, the conference will help magnet school leaders and educators understand the complex federal, state, and local policy issues that matter most.

During conference sessions, political leaders and policy experts will provide their guidance and analysis on matters related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 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.

Please plan to attend and be an influential voice for magnet schools!

Conference Overview

Day 1 – Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Registration and Check-in begins at 2:00 p.m.

Sessions: (3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

  • Welcome Remarks - Todd Mann, Executive Director,
    Magnet Schools of America
  • Keynote Speaker: U.S. Secretary of Education, John King, Jr. 
  • What the New Every Student Succeeds Act Means for Magnets

    - John Laughner, Legislative and Communications Manager,
    Magnet Schools of America
    Presentation Slides
  • Designing an Effective Evaluation Plan to Meet Intended Outcomes for the MSAP Grant

    - David Kikoler and Elaine Rosales, Principals - American Education Solutions
    Presentation Slides
  • Networking Reception (The Liaison Hotel) – 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Sponsored by American Education Solutions. 

Day 2 - Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Day on the Hill (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

  • Keynote Speaker  

    - Representative John Lewis (D-GA)

    The Honorable John Lewis has served in the U.S. Congress since 1986 and is a world renowned civil rights leader. He participated in the Freedom Rides of the 1960's, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. He also lead the heroic "Bloody Sunday" protest in Selma, Alabama that captured the nation's attention, leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He has received numerous national and international awards for his service, including the highest civilian honor granted by the nation, the Medal of Freedom. Mr. Lewis has also received the Lincoln Medal from the historic Ford's Theatre and the only John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage Award" for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Panel Discussion (Perceptions of Magnet Schools in the 21st Century)

    Panel Participants

    - Thomas Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association 
    - Donna Harris-Aikens, Director, Education Policy and Practice, National Education Association
    - JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals 

  • Presentation of Inaugural Champion of Magnet School Excellence Award - Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT)

    Congressman Joe Courtney was elected in 2006 to represent the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has used his position on the Education and Workforce Committee to be a vocal advocate for magnet schools. He frequently visits magnet schools in his district located in East Hartford. His daughter also attended the Connecticut IB Academy and says that her magnet experience was life changing.
  • Capitol Hill Visits (11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)
  • Regional Rountable ESSA Policy Discussions (5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    Held at the Liaison Hotel 

Day 3 – Friday, February 12, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

  • Building Grassroots Campaigns at the State and Local Level to Strengthen Magnet Programs

    - Marc Porter Magee, CEO and Founder, 50CAN: 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now
    Presentation Slides 

  • Mobilizing Parents and Families in Support of Magnet Schools.  

    - Julia Winer, Interim Chief of Staff, Assistant Director of Communications, Coordinator of Legislative Affairs for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) and Martha Deeds, Manager of Special Projects in the Magnet Schools Division, CREC
    Presentation Slides 

  • Dot Your I's, Cross your T's AND THEN cross your Fingers! Tips on submitting a winning MSAP application

    - Sara Wheeler, MSAP Grant Project Director, District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties
    Presentation Slides 

  • R & D, Innovation, and Pitch Day....Use business strategies to take schools through pre-reform changes under MSAP.

    - Cari Kupec, MSAP Project Director, Brevard Public Schools (BPS)
    Presentation Slides 

  • Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Anna Hinton, Director, Parental Options and Improvement for the U.S. Department of Education
    Presentation Slides 

  • Closing Remarks


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