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2020 National Policy Training Conference

February 5-7, 2020

The Grand Hyatt Washington | 1000 H Street, NW | Washington, DC 20001 
$221 plus tax per room (single/double)

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 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   3:00PM
    Fireside Chat: What has happened to equity in education? 3:15PM
    John King, President of the Education Trust
    Former US Secretary of Education
    Todd Mann, Executive Director, Magnet Schools of America

    Education Policy Update
      4:30PM  |  Presentation PDF
    Alex PerryPolicy Advisor
    Foresight Law + Policy
  • Networking Reception 5:30PM – 7:00 PM


  • Transportation to the Hill  7:50AM
  • Breakfast  8:15AM
  • Hill Welcome
    What you need to know on your Hill visits?
    Alex PerryPolicy Advisor
    Foresight Law + Policy
  • Congressman Joe Wilson to receive MSA’s Magnet Champion of Excellence Award   9:30AM
  • Congressional Speaker, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)   9:45AM
    Oh, What a Year: 2020 Politics and Election Outlook
    Reg LeichtyFounder and Partner
    Foresight Law + Policy
    Ty Matsdorf, Senior Vice President Washington, DC
    The Messina Group
  • Hill Visits  11:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Round-table discussion (late afternoon @ The Grand Hyatt DC)  5:00PM – 6:00PM


  • Breakfast  8:00AM
  • AM General Sessions  8:30AM
    We’re Someplace We’ve Never Been: Race, Diversity and the New America
    Eugene RobinsonPulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, The Washington Post and PoliticalAnalyst, MSNBC
    *Sponsored by DKH Consulting Services, Inc. and Discovery Education

    Civil Rights in 2020 for Magnet Schools
    9:30AM  |  Presentation PDF
    Maree Sneed, Partner
    Ray Li, Associate

    Magnet School Development Framework  11:00AM  |  Presentation PDF
    Dr. Anna Hinton, Director, Parental Options and Improvement 

    Jennifer Todd, Supervisory Education Program Specialist for the Office of Evidence Based Practices
    Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Closing Remarks   12:00PM


MSA Member Non-Member
Early Bird
Register on/before January 16



Register between January 17- 30



After January 30



*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.

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

$221.00 per night plus tax (single/double)

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

*The group block closes on Monday, January 13, 2020, 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–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT)
    ○ Refer to Meeting Event Code NY2WB

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

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to our upcoming event.

  • Visit and ZHAY944025 in the Offer Code box to receive your discount.
  • MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.
  • You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at 800.426.1122
    ○ Monday-Friday 8:00am – 10:00pm Eastern Time
    ○ Saturday-Sunday 8:00am – 6:00pm Eastern Time

Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

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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