School District Five of Lexington and Richland

Boy looks through a microscope
Dutch Fork Elementary Academy for Environmental Sciences student looks at learning in a new way, through the lens of an environmental scientist

School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties is located outside Columbia, South Carolina, and covers 196 square miles. It serves nearly 17,000 students and includes 12 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 5 high schools, and 1 academy.

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Date: October 12-14, 2014
Location: Baltimore, MD

Learn how to create, sustain and improve magnet schools. Sessions will also focus on magnet best practices in marketing & recruitment, budget and leadership needs. Learn more

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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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MSAP Project Directors Meeting

Organization: Magnet Schools Assistance Program
Location: Washington, DC
Date: October 14-15, 2014

Join us for the annual Magnet Schools Assistance Program Project Directors Meeting. This meeting brings together current and past MSAP grantees, the wider magnet school community, and other school choice and diversity experts. Topics include developing rigorous STEM programs; increasing student achievement; and creating diverse and equitable school choice programs. To register, click here.

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Effective School Leaders

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: October 9, 2014 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN

Principals play a vital role in retaining successful teachers. In this webinar, we’ll be discussing the important relationship between a school’s socio-economic status, school leadership, and teacher turnover rate. Participants will explore the major role of school leaders in fostering teacher effectiveness and will discuss strategies they can use at the local level to increase school leader competencies. Learn more
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