Clarksdale Municipal School District

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Kirkpatrick Health and Medical Science Elementary students read together

The Clarksdale Municipal School District (CMSD) lies in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and is surrounded by the rich history of the Mississippi Blues. CMSD serves more than 1,100 students and is the home of six elementary schools, one middle school, one intermediate school, a 9th-grade academy, and a high school.

The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) funds four magnet schools: Booker T. Washington International Studies Magnet Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate World School Candidate; Heidelberg Magnet Elementary School, which has a science, technology, engineering, arts,and mathematics (STEAM) focus; Kirkpatrick Health and Medical Science ...

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Welcome! The Magnet Schools Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (MSAP Center) supports the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement as it provides students with equity and choice in public school education through the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP).

The MSAP Center is a technical assistance resource for MSAP grantees and the greater magnet school community. It offers tools, information, and strategies to assist in planning, implementing, and revising magnet school programs. The MSAP Center’s resources and tailored support services focus on diversity, academic excellence, and equity.

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Magnet Compass Newsletter Read the April 2014 issue of The Magnet Compass to learn about factors that contribute to successful STEM program implementation, including principles and strategies for creating a magnet program that fully integrates all four components of STEM.
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The 2014 CRESST Conference: Warp Speed, Mr Sulu

Organization: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standa
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
Date: April 29-30, 2014

What does a high quality Common Core assessment look like? What are the best innovations in game design that help students and adults learn? How can teachers effectively integrate computer learning into their classrooms? Can military computer games contribute to P-16 learning?

Find answers to these and many other essential questions at the April 29-30th, 2014 CRESST Conference, Warp Speed Mr. Sulu: Integrating Games, Technology and Assessment to Accelerate Learning in the 21st Century. Join distinguished experts and colleagues for two days of learning and sharing as we explore the future of education. Learn more

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Raising the Bar: Magnet School Standards of Excellence

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: May 6, 2014 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. EASTERN

Magnet Schools of America is in the process of developing national standards to certify high-quality magnet schools.  Learn more the standards, provide feedback, and learn how implementation will impact your school and district. Learn more
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