Welcome to Distinct by Design

Ramin Taheri is CEO of Magnet Schools of America.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Distinct by Design, the digital magazine of Magnet Schools of America.

Distinct by Design is a quarterly periodical intended to provide information and expert opinion on issues important to magnet schools, their students, educators, administrators, and supporters, and anyone working to advance the five pillars that serve as the foundation of magnet schools: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, leadership, and family and community partnerships.

Theresa Porter is President of Magnet Schools of America and Executive Director of Innovation for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

As its name suggests, Distinct by Design focuses primarily on a feature of American public education—the magnet school—that is unique and unlike most public schools but intentionally different, purposefully designed to provide opportunities that set these schools apart. Of course, many of the issues that are most pressing in today’s magnet schools are also of great importance to all public schools. Readers will find articles and information that cover a range of topics within K-12 education.

In this first issue, we look at some of the most topical issues in K-12 education this year, including the looming expiration of pandemic-era federal emergency education funding, student mental health and the importance of school culture and climate, the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and what it means for education, and the state of school diversity efforts in a year that we mark the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

Looking forward, we expect to publish Distinct by Design on a quarterly basis.

In these pages, Magnet Schools of America hopes to bring readers the best and most informative content possible. Enjoy!

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