Scott Thomas is the new principal of Echo Park Elementary School in Burnsville, Minnesota. Prior to Echo Park he served as principal of Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts & Science in Eagan for four years. Scott Thomas is a former Executive Director for Magnet Schools of America. During his tenure, Mr. Thomas developed national standards for magnet schools that defined essential characteristics of magnet schools and which included leveraging student diversity, equity, family and community engagement, academic excellence, and theme fidelity of magnet schools. His work also included consultation projects with districts including Louisville, KY, Baltimore County, MD, Houston ISD, and Boston Public Schools among others.
In addition to promoting national policies and programs related to public school choice and school diversity, Mr. Thomas served as the Educational Equity Coordinator for 7 years in District 196. During his time as Coordinator, he worked collaboratively with his colleagues to cultivate a climate and culture focused on systemic racial equity by addressing policies, procedures, programs and professional development aimed at increasing access to opportunity for students and eliminating racial disparities in achievement.
Mr. Thomas has served as Co-Chair of the Integration Revenue Replacement Task Force as an appointed member, President of Magnet Schools of Minnesota, and co-founded the Minnesota School Integration Council. He has guest lectured at Harvard University, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Teaching Tolerance, a national publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He advises on school integration efforts around the country and is advising the development of regional magnet schools for the Richmond, VA area in partnership with the National Coalition on School Diversity, the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond. Mr. Thomas also serves as a principal coach through Mankato State University’s Courageous Leadership Principal Institute.
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.