News
Home > News > Content

The Release Of Iccsd Magnet School Report

The proposed timetable was founded in September 2017 in the Iowa City area magnet school was released Thursday in Iowa city community school report of the working group.

The proposed timeline also calls for starting the process in May 2016, selecting a magnet school theme in August 2016, starting professional development in July 2016 and marketing the school in January 2017.

The Iowa City Community School Board will consider the report at its meeting Tuesday.

School Board President Chris Lynch said he thinks 2017 is a "potentially viable" date for opening the school.

He said that the next steps will be gathering feedback from the community, incorporating magnet school planning into the district's strategic plan and looking at grant opportunities.

"I'm just happy to see action on it," he said.

The report also identified five key areas — themes, resource allocation, practices, community engagement and framework — associated with creating a magnet school, or a public school offering innovative curriculum, often with a theme, and voluntary enrollment.

The task force, established in fall 2014 and composed of 20 district staff members and parents, formed five subcommittees to look at these areas.

Themes

Magnet school themes across the U.S. include the arts, international baccalaureate, Montessori, leadership, medical science, language immersion, global studies and STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

The report suggests the district look at providing magnet schooling from kindergarten through high school. The district had been focused on creating a magnet school at an existing elementary building.

Lynch said he supports providing magnet schooling for all grade levels, but said he's unsure how the district would implement this model.

"The question is, 'How do you do it?' " he said.

Other key areas for the board to consider include offering professional development for teachers and providing tours of the school.

Chief Academic Officer Becky Furlong, who was a member of the task force, said some magnet schools completely immerse students in a theme, while others lightly incorporate a theme into traditional academics.

"The vast variety ... of models that are used for magnet schools, to me, was very surprising," she said.

Resource Allocation

Grants and other forms of state funding could be possible sources for creating a magnet school, according to the report.

The U.S. Department of Education Magnet School Assistance Program offers grants once every three years, and the average award in a year is $3 million, the report reads.

The program offers grants to large school districts and urban centers, and it awarded 27 grants in 2014.

The report says the district also should look at corporate partnerships and ways of using state Drop Out Prevention funding and state Teacher and Leadership Compensation System funding for the school.

Practices

Recommendations for magnet school practices include making sure all staff are invested in the school's theme and promoting practices that encourage diversity, such as avoiding achievement-oriented entrance criteria.

The district should only consider using this type of criteria if they contribute to the school's theme or its sustainability, the report says.

Another recommended practice that encourages diversity is operating magnet programming throughout a school rather than creating a magnet school within an existing school.

Furlong said a key part of the task force's work included looking into best practices to use should the school board support a magnet school.

"We want a magnet school that is the best," she said.

Community engagement

Educating residents about magnet schools, getting community support and marketing are key steps for creating a magnet school, the report says.

District leaders could spread the word initially through parent and teacher groups and on social media, the report says.

If the school board supports creating a magnet school, leaders should look at using "more sophisticated community feedback options," such as focus groups, discussions in the business community and with stakeholders, and blind surveys, according to the report.

Framework

Developing a magnet school takes15 to 18 months, according to research by the task force.

Providing transportation for all students attending the school would be a key element, because "there should be no barriers for magnet program attendance," the report reads.

Lynch said that while it makes sense to provide transportation, such a practice would be costly. He said the district should look for innovative ways to potentially fund this practice.

"I certainly understand the point," he said.Source:press-citizen.com

Feedback
This is Hangzhou Sens Magnetics LLC, If you have any questions, requests, etc., please feel free to use this form to contact us. All your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Contact us

Head Office:Jinrui Bld,Jincheng Rd, Hangzhou, China

Ph: 86-571-82759-003

Fx: 86-571-82759-005

Tech and quote: sales@sensmag.com

Copyright © Hangzhou Sens Magnetics LLC