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2019 National Policy Training Conference

February 6-8, 2019

The Marriott Marquis | 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20001 

$182 plus tax per room (single/double)  |  Group block closes: EXTENDED to January 18, 2019, 6PM ET

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Keynote Speaker

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.

Schools Students Want. Schools Student Need.

Schedule has not been finalized. Check back often for updates!


  • Registration/Check-In   2:00PM
  • Opening General Session   3:10PM
    • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO
      National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Policy Update and Hill Visit Preparation/Messaging   4:30PM
  • Networking Reception   5:30PM – 7:00PM


  • Transportation to the Hill   7:30AM
  • Breakfast   8:00AM
  • Keynote   8:30AM
  • Stakeholder Panel   9:30AM
    • Michael Casserly, Executive Director
      Council of the Great City Schools
    • Mark Cavone, Regional Director, North America
      Cambridge Assessment International Education
    • Dan Domenech, Executive Director
      American Association of School Administrators (AASA) | The School Superintendents Association
    • Dr. Judy Warden Fields, CEO
      Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence (BRSA), Inc.
  • Hill Visits   11:00AM-4:30PM
  • Round-table discussion (late afternoon @ the Marriott Marquis) .  5:00PM-6:00PM


  • Breakfast   8:00AM
  • Superintendent Leadership to Ensure Equity and Diversity in Magnets (Superintendent Panel)   8:30AM
    Education law expert Maree Sneed will set the table for three superintendents to discuss what they see in their own districts related to equity and diversity in magnets.

    • Maree Sneed, Partner (Moderator)
      Hogan Lovells
    • Scott BrabrandSuperintendent
      Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
    • Kevin Maxwell, Former Superintendent
      Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD
    • Jack SmithSuperintendent
      Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
    • Verletta White, Interim Superintendent
      Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
  • Policy Briefing   9:30AM
    • Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education
      U.S. Department of Education
  • Research Briefing   10:15AM
  • Closing Remarks   11:45AM


MSA Member Non-Member
Early Bird
Register on/before January 17



Register between January 17 – 31



After January 31



*If you have any questions, please email or call 202.824.0672.

PAYMENT POLICIES & PROCEDURES (please read carefully!)

MSA finds that it is spending five or more months collecting tens of thousands of registration dollars from attendees. We are too small to accommodate the effort required. So, we appreciate your understanding our adopting the policies below.


  1. Payment must be received prior to the start of the conference.
  2. When checking in at the conference registration table, provide a purchase order and a credit card. The credit card will be charged, after notifying the attendee, 30 days from the end of the conference if payment has not been received.


MSA provides a guaranteed head count to hotels 2 weeks in advance of the conference. Therefore, no cancellation refund will be provided within 2 weeks of the conference start. If the registrant has not yet submitted payment and has canceled within the 2-week period, payment will still be due.

If cancellation occurs prior to 2 weeks before the conference, a $150 administrative fee will be assessed.

All cancellation requests must be submitted via email to

Please mail all checks to: Magnet Schools of America | P.O. Box 45739 | Baltimore, MD 21297-5739

All registrations with purchase orders (PO): please email a copy of the document to or fax to 202-737-0100 within 10 business days of registering.
Credit Card payments may be processed online during the registration process.

Onsite payments and purchase orders may be accepted at Onsite Registration with a credit card guarantee. Only cash, credit/debit card or corporate/district pre-printed checks will be accepted.

Washington Marriott Marquis

901 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20001

$182.00 per night plus tax (single/double)

  • CHECK-IN: after 3:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: 12:00 PM

*The group block expires at 6PM ET on Friday, January 18, 2019, so please make your reservation today.  Room rate is not guaranteed for all nights and is based on availability.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Cancellations made within 3 day of arrival will forfeit one night’s room and tax.


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Magnet Schools of America.

Please click here  to book your flights.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2EC.

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the reservation 800 number.

We have partnered with United Airlines to offer travel discounts to our event.     

Visit and enter following code in the Offer Code box:

February 6-8, 2019 | Policy Training Conference | Washington, DC | Code: ZFSC843594

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at 800-426-1122 Mon-Fri 8am – 10pm ET and Sat/Sun 8am – 6pm ET. Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations.


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