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2018 Technical Assistance & Training Conference

Magnets by Design (MbD)
A Deeper Dive

October 3 – 5

The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
Columbia, South Carolina

Join MSA in Columbia, South Carolina October 3-5, 2018 for our Fall Technical Assistance & Training Conference as we continue to take a DEEPER DIVE into the world of the Standards of Excellence.


  • 2018 Magnet Superintendent of the Year
  • 2018 National Principal of the Year
  • 2018 National Teacher of the Year
  • 2018 Elementary Magnet School of Merit Award of Excellence
  • Five Demonstration Schools
  • Twenty-Four Certified Magnet Schools
  • Twenty-Five Merit Schools of Excellence
  • Forty-One Merit Schools of Distinction

Hear from industry experts who introduce you to NUTS & BOLTS 2.0 of the Five Pillars.

Practices & Attitudes: Advanced Theories & Protocols in ensuring a healthy, progressive and diversified student body and staff.

Research-based Practices on Inquiry 2.0: Collaboration and filling the gaps.

Thought-Leader Symposium: Magnet and District Relations

Advanced Professional Development (PD) Planning: Learn from practitioners on how embedded PD, coaching, and reflection tools result in exemplar models.

Building Your Magnet Champions: Parent Advocates = Voices that Matter and Are Heard

In collaboration with Lexington Richland School District 5 and Richland School District 2, we have an award winning line-up of speakers and schools planned.  Network with fellow teachers, school and district leaders, and school advocates; see first-hand exemplar schools in action. This is one conference you won’t want to miss!

PLUS: Tours of schools you do not want to miss!


MSA Member Non-Member
Early Bird
Register on/before September 4



Register between September 5 – 24



After September 24



*If you have any questions, please email or call (202) 824-0672.

Policies & Procedures (please read carefully!)

Online registration ONLY

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing via email to no later than September 4, 2018.  A $150 administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellation and refund requests, if made on/before September 4, 2018.  Absolutely no refunds will be considered after this deadline (September 8, 2018).  Faxes and verbal cancellation/refund requests will not be accepted.

A $50 fee will be assessed after September 4, 2018 to transfer registration from one individual to another.  Registration transfer requests must be submitted in writing via email to by September 24, 2018.

Registration fees may not be credited to membership or future MSA events.

Payment must be received within 21 days of registration.

Please mail all checks to: Magnet Schools of America | P.O. Box 45739 | Baltimore, MD 21297-5739

All registrations with purchase orders (PO): please email a copy of the document to or fax to 202-737-0100 within 10 business days of registering.

Credit Card payments may be processed online during the registration process. Onsite payments and purchase orders may be accepted at Onsite Registration with a credit card guarantee. Only cash, credit/debit card or corporate/district pre-printed checks will be accepted.



DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia

2100 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 744-0130

$159 per night plus tax (single/double)
Breakfast for two included.

  • CHECK-IN: after 3:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: 12:00 PM

*The group block expires on Friday, September 10, 2018, so please make your reservation today.  Room rate is not guaranteed for all nights and is based on availability.

All reservations must be secured with a valid credit card along with a first night’s deposit.  Checks and major credit cards are acceptable to establish prepayment.  All credit cards used to prepay the room deposit will be charged immediately.  Individual reservations must be cancelled no later than Friday, September 10, 2018 to avoid forfeiture of the first night’s deposit.

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