Dr. Robert Brooks served as the National and Executive Director for Magnet Schools of America from 2000 to 2012, is a Past President of MSA, and served as the Association’s first Secretary-Treasurer. Three of his major initiatives were financial and membership growth, and the founding of the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). Dr. Brooks is a former Director of Magnet Schools and Gifted Educations Programs for the Providence School District in Providence, RI. He is President/CEO of R&J Business Consulting Associates, and has served as a private MSAP grant writing and evaluation consultant.
Dr. Brooks is an author/editor of: Definitive Studies of Magnet Schools: Voices of Public School Choice (1999); Editor, Blueprint for Understanding and Operating Successful Magnet and Theme-Based Schools (2000); Author, Blueprint for Understanding and Operating Successful Magnet and Theme-Based Schools, 2nd Edition: Voluntary Public School Choice (2004); and, as the Executive Director, Editor of Magnet Schools of America’s quarterly newsletter, Choice, and its electronic version, eChoice. In addition to consulting, he is currently a Co-Editor for MSA’s fifth publication, for publication in 2017.
Dr. Brooks earned his Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) from Bryant University, a Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Rhode Island College, and his Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Brooks’ educational credentials include Teaching Certificates in English/Language Arts, Business, and Guidance and Counseling. His Administrative Certificates include Principal/Director and Superintendent. He holds a certificate in non-profit organizational management from Brown University.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.