National Policy Training Conference

Building on a Legacy of Excellence

February 15-17, 2017

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 

Join us for our annual National Policy Training Conference in Washington, DC just weeks after the Presidential Inauguration and the beginning of a new session of Congress.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to find out what the results of the election will mean for K-12 public education and magnet schools.

  • Learn about the new administration’s plans
    for implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as it is rolled out for the first time next year.
  • Hear about the details of President-Elect Trump’s plan to provide $20 billion in new funding to incentivize school choice programs including magnet schools in his first 100 days in office.
  • Spend time on Capitol Hill meeting with your newly elected Members of Congress to learn about their education policy priorities.
  • Participate in Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant writing sessions geared for next year’s anticipated competition.
  • Hear about emerging policy issues faced by educators in the classroom.
  • Network with magnet school colleagues from across the country.

Conference Overview

Wednesday, February 15
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
General Session

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception

Thursday, February 16
Held at Capitol Visitors Center

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Presentation: Champion of Magnet School Excellence Award 

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM  Congressional Speaker Series

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Panel Discussion:
Preparing for Year One: Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 

11:30 AM – 4:30 PM  Capitol Hill Meetings

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Evening Debrief held at Marriott Marquis

Friday, February 17
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Check-In/Registration

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM  Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM  Keynote: Dr. Joshua Starr, CEO, PDK International
Understanding Public Attitudes About Schools
During this presentation, Dr. Starr will discuss new polling data that shows the public’s current attitudes about public education; the overall quality of local schools; curriculum and standards; school funding and taxes;  homework and testing policies; school choice; and more.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM  Panel Discussion:
View from the Classroom
A panel discussion about ensuring equal opportunities for all students in magnet schools. Discussion topics to include: school safety and bullying prevention, LGBT student rights, and providing proper services and support for students with disabilities. Panelists:

Joshua Civin, General Counsel, Montgomery County Public Schools
Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, Director of Government Relations, National Association of School Psychologists
Dr. Angie Slatton, Director of Student Services, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM  Break

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Competition Update
Dr. Anna Hinton, Director, Parental Options and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM  MSAP Grant Writing Workshop I
Dr. Diedra Honeywell, President, DKH Consulting Services, Inc.

11:45 AM -12:30 PM  MSAP Grant Writing Workshop II
David Kikoler and Elaine Rosales, Principal Officers, American Education Solutions, Inc.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM  Lunch and Closing Remarks

Conference Fees

MSA Member Non-Member
Early Bird
Register on/before January 11
$579 $699
Register between January 12 – February 1
$629 $749
After February 2
$679 $799

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

PRE-REGISTRATION will close February 8, 2017.

Policies & Procedures (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!)

Online registration ONLY

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing via email to no later than January 18, 2017.  A $150 administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellation and refund requests, if made on/before January 18, 2017.  Absolutely no refunds will be considered after this deadline (January 18, 2017).  Faxes and verbal cancellation/refund requests will not be accepted.

A $50 fee will be assessed after January 18, 2017 to transfer registration from one individual to another.  Registration transfer requests must be submitted in writing via email to by February 8, 2017.

Registration fees may not be credited to membership or future MSA events/workshops.

Payment must be received within 15 business days of registration.

Please mail all checks to: Magnet Schools of America | 1909 K Street, NW Suite C-140 | Washington, DC 20006

All registrations with purchase orders (PO): please include current PO number in the billing section of the online registration form, along with a copy of the PO (file may be uploaded). If your PO has not been generated, please email a copy of the document to or fax to 202-737-0100 within 5 business days of registering.

Credit Card payments may be processed online during the registration process OR CLICK HERE TO PAY ONLINE. 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.

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Room Rate: $182 plus tax (single/double)
*based on availability

Block Closes: Monday, January 23, 2017 6pm Eastern

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.  Hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods.

Cancellations made within 1 day of arrival will forfeit one night’s room and tax. (Subject to change, please read at time of online booking.)

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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