Wichita Public Schools

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Spaght Science and Communications Magnet Elementary School 5th grade students observe how a chemical reaction inflates a balloon

Unified School District 259 DBA Wichita Public Schools (WPS) is located in the City of Wichita, the largest city in Kansas. WPS educates 11 percent of the public school students in the state. The district serves more than 51,000 students in 98 schools: 55 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 10 high schools, 3 K-8 schools, and 15 special programs.

Twenty-four schools house magnet programs with a variety of magnet themes clustered into five educational career pathways:  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); arts; communications; leadership/citizenship; and traditional. The district is diverse, with 66 percent minority students and more than 70 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price meals.

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What Happens When Schools Become Magnet Schools? A Longitudinal Study of Diversity and Achievement

We are pleased to announce that American Institutes for Research has released the magnet report. This report presents results of a descriptive study of 21 MSAP-supported elementary schools. The study collected data on these schools for several years to see how their student enrollment and academic achievement changed over time. A PDF of the report is available now: Learn more


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Magnet Schools Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center

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.

Please browse our resources page to find articles, tool kits, and newsletters about best practices and innovative approaches.

The Quarterly Newsletter

Magnet Compass Newsletter Read this issue of The Magnet Compass for principles and strategies for selecting and implementing evidence-based programs and practices to ensure your magnet program improves outcomes for students. Learn more

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Learning Forward Annual Conference

Organization: Learning Forward
Location: National Harbor, MD
Date: December 5-9, 2015

Learning Forward's 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Dec. 5-9 provides educators with outstanding content and valuable tools to bring the most powerful forms of professional learning back home to the educators with whom they work.

Sessions will address pressing issues facing today's educators, including: Implementing college- and career-ready standards; Coaching; Teacher leadership; Presentation and facilitation skills; Online and blended learning; and Teacher and principal evaluation. Learn more

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Effective Integration of Technology and Instruction

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: December 3, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has found that students exposed to both face-to-face and online instruction are more successful than students exposed to only one of these types of teaching. Technologies of all sorts are ubiquitous in most children’s lives and are increasingly part of an educator’s toolbox of instructional strategies. Researchers are seeking ways to assess teachers’ knowledge of pedagogical strategies employing technology even as the education community continues to discover related best practices. Learn more
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