Wake Ed

Wake County to host national magnet school conference

The Wake County school system will take center stage this week when it hosts Magnet Schools of America’s 33rd National Conference being held April 22-25 in Raleigh.

The title of the conference is “Legacy of Leading in Diversity, Equity, and Choice” to trumpet the role that magnet schools have played in Wake County since 1982. Magnet schools, and more recently Wake’s other schools of choice, have received national recognition for their efforts at integrating schools and providing unique educational opportunities.

Some critics charge that the benefits to Wake’s magnet schools have come at the expense of the district’s non-magnets.

On Thursday, conference attendees from around the country will tour different Wake County magnet and choice schools.

Also during the conference, educators will attend sessions at the Raleigh Convention Center to learn more about operating magnet schools.

Wake school employees will host several breakout sessions. For instance, staff at Millbrook High School, a magnet school in Raleigh, will host a session on “culturally-responsive teaching and learning.”

Also during the conference, the 23 Wake County magnet schools that received awards from Magnet Schools of America will be honored. The five Wake schools that received School of Excellence awards are in the running to win the trade organization’s Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which goes to the nation’s top magnet school.

Combs Elementary School in Raleigh won the Simpson Award last year.