December 30, 2005

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools of Amer.jpg Magnet Schools of America provide a wealth of background, history, examples, research and rationale for thematic or magnet schools. For instance, there are 14 elementary and secondary schools under the International Studies group and 79 magnet schools under Fine and Performing Arts. Each of these have links for further info.

They list as rationale for magnet schools:
-that all students do not learn in the same ways;
-that if we take advantage of a studentís interest and aptitude, that student will do better in subjects unrelated to his/her reasons for choosing the school;
-that choice itself will result in improved satisfaction that translates into better achievement;
-that every child can learn and it is our job to offer enough options so that parents of all children (or students themselves) will have the opportunity to choose the programs best suited to them.

Posted by Wayne Jennings at 05:31 PM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2004

Magnet Schools

A new publication from the US Department Of Education, Innovations in Education: Creating Successful Magnet School Programs, provides a valuable guide. It is downloadable with sections on how to start a magnet program, how to promote it, how to implement it and how to assess it. It includes forms, sample ads six examples of magnet programs , research and additional resources.

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 03:13 PM