Ventura Unified School District

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Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), located between the beach and the foothills northwest of Los Angeles, operates 27 schools that serve 17,000 students.

VUSD opened its first magnet schools in 2010 using Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) funds. With 2013 MSAP funds, the district created six magnet elementary schools to further expand school choice and diversity. The project goals are to reduce Latino racial group isolation across the district, ensure family engagement, increase theme proficiency, lay the groundwork for success in the Common Core State Standards, and build capacity for sustainability.

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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 strategies and principles that will help you gain buy-in that will lead to successful program implementation. Learn more

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Upcoming Conference

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MSAP Project Directors Meeting

Organization: Magnet Schools Assistance Program
Location: Washington, DC
Date: November 9-10, 2015

This meeting is an excellent opportunity for current and past MSAP grantees, the wider magnet school community, and other school choice and diversity experts to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas with peers and experts in the field. Sessions will generate ideas on programmatic sustainability, the evolution of magnet schools, and how magnets can help meet the challenges of our country in the 21st century. Session topics will include sustaining family and community support; understanding how desegregation efforts impact students, schools, and communities; and improving STEM magnet programs. Learn more

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Upcoming Webinar

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Differentiated Instruction

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: September 17, 2015

This webinar will present the research base supporting the practice of differentiation and will describe the characteristics of effective differentiation. The presenter will lead a discussion of how quality preparation can build and strengthen teachers’ knowledge and skills in implementing differentiated instruction strategies. Participants will also explore the important role school leaders play in supporting teachers so that they can successfully implement differentiation in their classrooms. Learn more
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