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Grassroots Action Center

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) encourages all its members to participate in grassroots activities to build awareness and support for magnet schools at the federal, state, and local level. Grassroots activities can be carried out in your community and will help you demonstrate your school’s effectiveness. Every magnet school is urged to play a part in this nationwide effort because the support of policy makers is important to our future.

Your help is needed to ensure that necessary resources are available for magnet school programs; especially through the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program. It is also imperative that state legislation and local policy decisions are made to strengthen magnet schools. As the local expert on magnet programs, you are the most qualified to inform politicians about your schools and how they are improving public education.

Grassroots Action Plan

MSA has created a Grassroots Action Plan that provides ideas and instructions for showcasing your magnet school and interacting with your political leaders. A number of grassroots activities are outlined, and there is at least one that every member will be able to accomplish.

Talking About Magnets

What Are Magnet Schools? – Share and use this one-pager when explaining magnet schools to your elected officials and members of your community.

Fast Facts About Magnet Schools – This document includes quick facts and figures about magnet schools.

Talking Points – Use these key talking points when promoting magnet schools.

Research About Magnet Schools –  On this webpage you will find a wide body of research detailing the many benefits of magnet schools. Please take the time to review and share this information and include it in your discussions about magnet schools.

Social Media Toolkit

Today, elected officials are taking full advantage of social media to stay connected with their constituents. In a recent interview, one influential Congressman stated, “I check my Twitter and Facebook account a couple times a day.” Clearly using social media is a highly effective way to communicate directly with your elected officials and share information about your magnet school. Use our social media toolkit to start engaging now!

Hosting a School Tour

Inviting your elected officials to visit your magnet school is a creative strategy to increase the visibility of the theme-based programs that are being offered in your district. It is also an opportunity to build relationships with these officials and their staff, as well as establish yourself as an education expert and valuable resource. To help you host a successful school tour we have created this step-by-step guide.

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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