MSAP Funding | Cohort V Certification | In the News
MSAP Funding: On Track to Biggest Increase in Over a Decade
The House Committee on Appropriations voted last week to approve an $18 million increase in funding for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP), raising the federal funding level to $125 million for FY20. This increase - the largest single-year increase for the grant program in more than a decade - follows months of congressional outreach by Magnet Schools of America and all of you.

As the appropriations process continues, MSA will be fighting to ensure that the final funding amount passed into law matches the House funding level of $125 million. 

We need your help! Please take a moment to thank members of the House for doing the right thing for American students, and ask your Senate members  to support at the same level. We also encourage you to continue inviting Members of Congress to visit your schools so they can experience first-hand the programs we are all asking them to support. If there is anything you need to help facilitate that, please let our MSA team know.

Read our full  press release here .
Save the Date: Fall Technical Assistance & Training Conference
Did you enjoy your time in at #MSA2019 Baltimore? Be sure to save the date for our next big event happening from October 28-30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The theme for MSA's fall technical assistance & training conference is “Moving from Popcorn to Pathways.” Unlike previous conferences, this year's event will showcase schools that have not yet matured into a state of magnet excellence. Look for in-depth sessions while also exploring schools that vary in their stages of development and growth.

More information will be available this summer, but be sure to forward this email to others who should save the date and receive our email updates.
REMINDER: Cohort V Certification Applications Now Open
Why become a nationally certified magnet school? When you apply for Certification, you are looking at your school through the "lens of excellence." Certified schools are rated as the "best of the best" magnet schools in the nation - giving you the opportunity to market your school and seek support in new ways.

The certification application cost is $1395 per school. Cohort V will onboard in August of 2019 and run through June of 2020.

Click here to start the application process. (Those going through the application process m ust be a paid member of MSA and plan to renew membership by August 1st for the 2019-2020 school year.)

Questions? Email . We look forward to assisting you!
In The News
Did you see this year's U.S. News and World Report on the nation's best Public High Schools?

Congratulations to all the Magnet Schools that made the list!

This year the publication agreed to incorporate MSA’s request for a revised definition that specifies that a majority of magnet schools do not have selective application processes. 

The publication also printed an interview with MSA in explaining the differences between magnet schools and charters which was shared in an article along with the rankings: Magnet vs. Charter Schools: Differences Explained 
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6 Great Learning Resources for Teachers
Submitted by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

Great teachers are lifelong learners. The theory of deliberate practice holds that learners can develop their expertise through a purposeful and systematic approach to learning. According to the HMH book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise , learners evaluate their current level of understanding, identify gaps, and pursue activities that push them out of their comfort zone as they move toward specific goals.

Teachers have a range of resources at their disposal, but how do they choose to learn about interesting topics in education or begin to solve an emerging issue in their classroom?

Here are the top six strategies teachers use according to the 4th Annual Educator Confidence Report  (ECR)—conducted by HMH in collaboration with YouGov:

  1. Informal Discussions With Colleagues
  2. Self-Guided Research
  3. Formal Professional Development
  4. Social Media and Online Communities
  5. Professional Learning Communities
  6. Resources Embedded in Instructional Programs

To read more about each strategy along with ideas for implementing them, read the original post on HMH’s Shaped blog .
AP and Honors Expansion from HMH
A new partnership between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and John Wiley & Sons College Division is opening up options to support college readiness for your students. Now educators will be able to access quality solutions for Advanced Placement, honors, and elective courses in Grades 9-12.  Contact HMH to learn more.
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