THE MAGNETISM OF
MAGNET PROGRAMS
LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
WAXAHACHIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014
WAXAHACHIE NINTH GRADE ACADEMY
CURRENT REALITY
• What if parents in Waxahachie ISD were able to
choose from several school options for their children?
• Current reality… THEY ALREADY DO! Just not in WISD!
• Parents in Waxahachie ISD can choose to send their
student to the public school they are geographically
assigned to OR:
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Attend another Open Public School in another District,
Enroll in a Charter or Private School,
Home School, or
Login to a Virtual School.
• Our parents and students deserve
a CHOICE within Waxahachie ISD.
MAGNET PROGRAMS?
• Magnet Programs…
• Promote educational excellence;
• Help develop innovative instructional practices;
• Offer distinct choices (i.e., a special focus, theme, or
curriculum) to students with different interests, talents, and
aptitudes; and
• Promote diversity (includes racial, ethnic, economic,
gender, and special needs populations) within a Public
School District.
What are “Vanguard” and “Academy” programs?
Vanguards are traditionally identified and targeted Gifted
and Talented special interest or focus programs.
Academies are traditionally programs at the secondary
school level in which special subjects or skills are taught.
SAMPLE MAGNET PROGRAMS
• Current Programs in Dallas/Fort Worth Area Districts:
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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.)
Performing and Visual Arts (Fine Arts)
Dual or World Languages
Which DFW area Districts have
International Baccalaureate (I.B.)
invested in Magnet Programs?
Gifted and Talented (G.T.)
 Birdville ISD
 Dallas ISD
Health Professions
 DeSoto ISD
 Fort Worth ISD
Leadership
 Garland ISD
Humanities and Communications
 Grand Prairie ISD
 Irving ISD
Law and Criminal Justice
 Little Elm ISD
 Plano ISD
Business and Entrepreneurship
 Red Oak ISD (virtual)
 Richardson ISD
College Preparatory
 Rockwall ISD
Early College (E.C.)
RESEARCH
• Specific research-based* benefits of Magnet
Programs: * From the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Website
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Improved academic achievement
How many Magnet
Programs are in
Diverse student enrollment
Texas?
Reduced discipline problems
There are 286
Increased cultural competence of students Magnet Programs
with more than
Increased student attendance rates
250,000 students.
Higher graduation rates
Greater teacher satisfaction and reduced teacher turn-over
Innovative curricula and instructional delivery methods
Personalized theme-based education
Specialized teaching staff
Increased parent involvement, engagement, and satisfaction
SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS
• Current Programs in Dallas/Fort Worth Area Districts
utilize the following instructional delivery models:
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Flexible Class Size or School Day Schedule
Year Round or Flexible School Year Calendar
Gender (All Girls and All Boys)
Montessori
International Baccalaureate (I.B.)
Multi-aged
Project Based Learning (P.B.L.)
Technology Enriched
Virtual
Flipped Learning
SAMPLE WISD MAGNET STRUCTURE
SAMPLE MAGNET PROGRAM STRUCTURE: GRADES K-12
Dual Language
(Two-Way English
and Spanish)
Performing and
Visual Arts
(Fine Arts)
Science,
Technology,
Engineering, and
Mathematics
(S.T.E.M.)
Leadership and
Gifted and
Talented
(G.T.)
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Early College (E.C.) Partnerships
International Baccalaureate (I.B.)
Montessori
Project Based Learning (P.B.L.)
Career and Technical Education (C.A.T.E.) Pathways
Virtual
QUESTION TO CONSIDER
• Do you want the WISD Leadership Team to research
and craft a plan to create “School Choice” via
Magnet Programs, Kindergarten through Grade 12?
Yes or No?
A zip code should
not determine
destiny.
NEXT STEPS
• What would a “yes” vote mean?
• An online survey would be sent to all WISD families and staff
gauging interest in Magnet Programs and identifying
potential structures and themes.
• A Magnet Program Study Team (LRPC members) would be
formed and travel to visit current exemplary Magnet
Programs around DFW and Texas.
• The WISD Leadership Team would begin determining which
Magnet Programs could begin in August, 2015, and which
programs would have to wait due to facility, staffing,
training, and funding questions.
• This LRPC recommendation would be presented to the
WISD Board of Trustees.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
• Other considerations by the WISD Leadership Team:
• Establish goals, objectives, and strategies for each Magnet
Program structure and theme
• Finalize the Magnet Program configuration and available
student “school choice” seats
• Finalize the student enrollment process
• Discuss transportation plan (if needed)
• Create marketing and recruitment strategies
• Finalize budget and funding plans
• Review and create policies
• Review staffing needs and craft staffing plans
• Create staff professional development plan
• Cultivate community resources and co-promoters
CONTACT INFORMATION
• David Truitt, Deputy Superintendent
• [email protected]
• (972) 923-463, Ext. 120
• 411 North Gibson Street
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