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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 CLOSED

OVERFLOW: Residence Inn Washington | 901 L Street NW  Washington  DC  20001
$199 plus tax per room (single/double)  |  Group block closes: January 25, 2019

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. Guidance from the experts:

  • Hard-hitting discussions on legal rights, civil rights.
  • Hear from superintendents.
  • Hear from top Members of Congress and Agency officials.

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.


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


  • Transportation to the Hill   7:20AM
  • Breakfast   8:00AM
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to receive MSA’s Magnet Champion of Excellence Award   8:45AM
  • Jacque Chevalier Mosely, Director of Education Policy for Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives under the leadership of Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA)   9:00AM
  • 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
    • Denise Forte, Director of Public Affairs and Senior Fellow
      The Century Foundation (TCF)
    • 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) MAP   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   9:45AM
    • Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education
      U.S. Department of Education
  • The Legal Landscape: An Update PPT   10:15AM
  • Equity Assistance Centers, Relationships with the Office of Civil Rights, and the Latest Research Findings PPT   10:45AM

  • The Office of Innovation and Improvement is transitioning to a new structure. Anna Hinton will describe the new structure, its effect on the MSAP program, and introduce the new person who will direct the grant program.  PPT  11:45AM
  • Closing Remarks   12:15PM

Derrick Johnson @MSA19PTC


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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.

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