Creating and Sustaining Successful K–8 Magnet
September 2008

Creating and Sustaining Successful K-8 Magnet Schools, provides some "lessons learned" for district and school decision-makers of how specialized programs can spark enthusiasm for learning and catalyze academic growth in students whose interest and aptitudes may not be fulfilled by their neighborhood schools.

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Table of Contents

1.  Title Page
2.  Figures and Tables
3.  Foreword
4.  Acknowledgments
5.  Introduction
An Evolving Multipurpose Tool
Meeting the Challenge: One School's Story
Models of Success
6.  Part I
Lessons From the School Sites
Before the Doors Open: Planning
Develop a Viable Theme and Mission
Establish a Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum
Attract Quality Leaders and Staff
After the Doors Open: Implementing
Maintain the Theme With Integrity
Establish Equitable Practices for a Diverse Student Body
Develop a Culture of Empowerment
Provide Ongoing Professional Development
Build Leadership Capacity
Keeping the Doors Open: Sustaining Success
Adopt a Continuous Improvement Model
Build Win-Win Partnerships
Develop Community Outreach
Align With a District Vision
7.  Part II
Profiles of Magnet Schools Highlighted In Part I
A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School
Raleigh, N.C.
FAIR (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School)
Crystal, Minn.
Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet School
Las Vegas
Normal Park Museum Magnet School
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Raymond Academy for Engineering
River Glen Elementary & Middle School
San Jose, Calif.
8.  Appendix A: Research Methodology
9.  Appendix B: Resources
10.  Notes

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