Fall Technical Assistance Conference | Region I Spotlight: 2020 Award Winners |
Members of Congress at Your School | MSA Partnership | Magnets in the News
Fall Technical Assistance & Training Conference
MSA broke attendance records for this annual event turned virtual conference. Nearly 1,500 attendees listened to speakers who discussed topics ranging from equity to marketing during COVID, to teacher self-care. By combining roundtable breakouts with riveting keynotes and panels, the attendees were able to choose sessions without encountering “virtual conference fatigue.”
Region I Spotlight: 2020 Award Winners
Congratulations to our Region I Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year. Over the next few months, we will be highlighting each of our regional winners in e-Choice, so be sure to check them out!
REGION I
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
DAVID VIESTO
The Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering and Physical Sciences High School
Bridgeport Public Schools
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Giving back is one of the big reasons Teacher of the Year award winner David Viesto does what he does. He enjoys volunteering and figuring out the best way to help students learn.
Read more about Viesto's path to becoming a teacher.
REGION I
PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
ANGELA O'DOWD
PS 62- The Magnet School for Computer Science and Innovation
New York City Community School District 27 & 29, Queens, New York
Equity and diversity are two of Angela O'Dowd's defining passions when it comes to education, and she enjoys seeing educators reach their maximum potential.
Read more about O'Dowd's path to becoming a principal.
Members of Congress at Your School
A notice went out on Tuesday to encourage MSA schools and districts to schedule virtual schools tours and district meetings with Members of Congress, as they will be home in the district during October and November. This is an ideal time to discuss the importance of magnet schools. Read the email.
MSA Partnership
MSA has partnered with The Century Foundation and its Bridges Collaborative. Through this partnership, MSA will work with The Century Foundation to reignite a nationwide movement for integrated schools and diverse neighborhoods. MSA will host a session with the Bridges Collaborative at its annual Policy Conference, to be held virtually February 10-12, 2021.
Magnets in the News
Virtual Learning Hasn't Slowed Magnet Education Programs
Due to the pandemic, Wake County Public Schools have shifted to virtual learning and the system's magnet schools are no exception. However, the move to remote learning hasn't slowed down the robust offerings and curriculum these magnet schools offer and educators are making every effort to not miss a beat. Read full story.

12 M-DCPS Magnet Schools Among 100 Best in America
Twelve Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Magnet schools have been ranked among theTop 100 Magnet Schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, with eight schools in Florida’s Top 20. Read full story.

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are dealing with the changes due to the virus.
Please share yours, and then we will be sharing them all!
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