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At MSA, we believe providing online enrichment and professional development is as integral to our members as our in-person conferences. Our webinars provide 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.

From time to time, our webinars are produced with our sponsors and partners to showcase interesting and helpful tools that will help you do your jobs as educators better.

MAY 2024

Get Those Apps!
2 p.m. ET Thursday, May 9, 2024

Recruiting for your magnet school? Do you know why? Who are you trying to recruit? Why are you recruiting that market? Asking the right questions can help you create a marketing plan that puts you on the right track!

Join Tamani Anderson Powell at 2 p.m. ET May 9 to learn how to identify the target market to create a diverse student population and how to use selection to create a diverse student population.

Tamani Anderson Powell is an educator by training but a people person at heart. She enjoyed teaching in the middle school setting for 9 years before serving as an assistant principal for 2 years. In her position as the Director of Marketing and Communication for Wake County Schools’ Office of Magnet and Curriculum Enhancement Programs, she has combined her passion for people with her desire to see all students succeed. She welcomes the opportunity to assist families as they explore varied educational choices in WCPSS and models excellent customer service as one strategy to attract families to magnet schools. She works closely with the office of student assignment on selection priorities that allow WCPSS’s magnet schools to achieve the goal of integrated student populations; with the office of communications to ensure that the message about WCPSS’s magnets reaches the target market; and with the office of transportation to find solutions to the challenges of bringing students to magnet schools. Tamani was raised to give back to her community and donates time and energy to better her local community through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church. She loves time spent with her husband, children, and extended family; the sound of the ocean as well as a great baseball game; and opportunities to see the world.

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Make the Plan and Work the Plan! Integrating Magnet Work into Your School’s Strategic Plan
2 p.m. ET Thursday, May 30 

Have you wondered what makes magnet school leadership different than non-magnet school leadership? Much of the difference is around creating and implementing a specific, measurable, and actionable plan around what makes a successful magnet school. Join this session with Dr. Elena Ashburn to learn more about how to add strategy to your magnet school leadership to build strength in your theme, recruitment, and long-term planning.

School-based leadership (Principals / Assistant Principals / Magnet Coordinators) will benefit the most from attending this webinar.

Dr. Elena Ashburn is the Central Area Superintendent in the Wake County Public School System (Cary, NC). She began her career in education as a Teach For America Corps Member, teaching English at Southern Durham High School. She serves as principal of East Garner Magnet Middle School and Needham B. Broughton Magnet High School, both in WCPSS. Dr. Ashburn earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNC Chapel-Hill in 2018. In 2021, Dr. Ashburn was named the North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. She serves as a NIMSL coach, supporting principals, school-based teams, and district as they implement and strengthen their magnet school programs.

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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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