Upcoming National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL) Sponsored Webinars

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A Relentless Focus on Excellence & Access: A Quarter Century of Magnet Schools in Hillsborough County

April 21, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern

Magnet schools were introduced in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) nearly 25 years ago, largely as a tool for promoting diversity in urban schools. Since then the goals - and themes - of the magnets have evolved. Today, HCPS and the nation have more magnets than ever. Diversity remains an important goal, but now magnets serve many additional purposes. Besides offering families real choices, magnet schools are crucial components of the district’s ongoing efforts to offer excellent educational opportunities and continuous improvement. In this webinar, the district's superintendent and former magnet school supervisor will discuss what has worked in Hillsborough and why.

Presenter: MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida

Tools of the PSAT: Helping Schools Improve Instruction, and Helping Students Connect to College

April 24, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern

During this session, presenters from the College Board will explain the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) report that allows school administrators to take a detailed look at their students' academic skills on the PSAT. This online tool is arranged by skill categories and extends across disciplines. By using this analytical tool schools can fuel a conversation about improving instruction based on student data. The presenters will also talk about, My College Quick Start, a web-based toolkit for students to improve their performance on standardized tests and plan for college.

Presenters: Theodore Gardella, Executive Director, AP Strategy and Partnerships, College Board
Alan Bernstein, Senior District Director, New England Regional Office, College Board

Beyond Field Trips: Museums and the Classroom

April 29, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern

This webinar will showcase the many ways in which museums are participating in the formal learning landscape. You’ve heard about field trips, but traveling exhibits, professional development for current and future teachers, and in-depth partnerships with schools? Come see how museums are reaching students in innovative ways.

Presenter: Ben Kershaw, Assistant Director of Congressional Relations, American Alliance of Museums

Raising the Bar: Magnet School Standards of Excellence

May 6, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern

Magnet Schools of America is in the process of developing national standards to certify high-quality magnet schools. Learn about the standards, provide feedback, and learn how implementation will impact your school and district.

Presenter: Scott Thomas, Executive Director, Magnet Schools of America

Starting or Reviving an Arts Magnet School

May 7, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of best practice planning, evaluating, and implementing effective organizational development for elementary, middle, and secondary arts magnet schools. It will address a wide range of issues from purposes, finances, governance, staffing, facilities, evaluation, planning, and more.

Presenter: Kristy Callaway, Executive Director, Arts Schools Network
Representatives TBA from Magnet Arts Schools: Elementary, Middle, and High/Secondary

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