Goodwin Hosts Second Annual National Magnet School Symposium

Over 80 members of the national magnet and public school choice community attended the conference on Dec. 4 at Goodwin College’s campus.

New ImageGoodwin College’s Center for Magnet and School Choice Leadership held their second annual national symposium on December 4, hosting top leaders in the magnet school field to share their latest research with colleagues from New England, New York, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and around the country.

The Center’s second annual Magnets in a School Choice Arena: Innovators of Change conference took place at the College’s main building and involved presentations from leading researchers and educational leaders in school policy, law, administration, curriculum, and instruction. These field experts shared findings on the future of public school magnet programs in light of court rulings, policy developments, and research findings.

“Goodwin has an excellent magnet school program, and we’re excited to be able to provide a forum where educators and researchers can learn and share with colleagues from around the country,” Goodwin’s Magnet School Specialist Alex Henschel said.

Addressing critical topics to educational progress, this year’s keynote speakers included Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, Washington, DC; Dr. Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, Women and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Dr. Jia Wang, Senior Researcher and Project Director, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA. Wang shared her highly anticipated research findings for the first time at the Goodwin symposium.

Morning and afternoon sessions included panels addressing evaluation of choice programs in Connecticut and increasing access to magnet schools for English Language Learners.

Goodwin hopes that sharing the information at the symposium will help to further grow and perfect the region’s magnet school culture. “We are reaching out to our partners in the area — Hartford Public Schools, East Hartford, Bloomfield, CREC, the State Department of Education and other colleges and universities — in the hope of applying this research to Connecticut’s magnet schools moving forward,” Goodwin’s Dean of Magnet Schools, Alan Kramer, said.

All presentations will be posted on the Goodwin College website. For more information, contact William Magnotta, Director, Center for Magnet and School Choice Leadership at 860-913-2109 or Dr. Robert Brooks, Conference Coordinator, at


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