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Conferences and Events

Professional Development and Leadership Conferences

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) believes in the educational investment in our leaders and educators. We endeavor to provide enriching professional development by way of conferences and events throughout the year to build and expand their expertise and skills.

Policy Training Conference

Held every February in the nation’s capital during National Magnet School Month, the Policy Training Conference assists magnet school professionals in understanding the complex federal, state and local policy issues that influence magnet school programs. Political leaders and policy experts provide guidance and analysis on matters related to:

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),
  • Common Core Standards,
  • Federal education funding,
  • legal and civil rights issues, and
  • emerging educational research.

Attendees visit Capitol Hill and meet with their congressional representatives to raise awareness on the need for and value of magnet schools. The 2018 Policy Training Conference will take place at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.

SAVE-THE-DATE | February 7-9, 2018 

National Conference on Magnet Schools

One-thousand-five-hundred-plus principals, teachers and administrators, from around the country, participate in MSA’s annual meeting which feature keynote speakers and sessions on best practices in curriculum and instruction, technology integration, school leadership and magnet school design.

From networking to professional development, access to new tools and information, attendees also tour magnet schools by theme and grade level within the host district.  The 2018 conference will be held in April at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Illinois and hosted by the Chicago Public Schools.

SAVE-THE-DATE | April 25-29, 2018 

Fall Technical Assistance and Training Conference

Strategic planning, grant writing, staff development, curriculum and instruction, student assessment, and school leadership are the focus of the annual fall conference. The program is designed to assist district level and school level administrators responsible for creating, expanding, or improving magnet schools.

The 2017 Fall Technical Assistance & Training Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis in collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools, MN.

SAVE-THE-DATE | October 4-6, 2017

MSA Webinar Series

At MSA, we believe providing online enrichment and professional development is as integral to our members as are our in-person conferences. Our annual webinar series provides online professional development for principals, teachers, magnet coordinators and administrators. Topics focus on school leadership, curriculum and theme development, project-based learning, technology integration, and much more.


Learn how to become a Nationally Certified Magnet School

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.

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