APS Principal a Featured Speaker at National Magnet Schools Conference
Posted on 02/28/2024
APS Principal Laura Burke (right) sits with other featured speakers at a national magnet schools conference.

The principal of an APS magnet school that teaches students how to become entrepreneurs was invited to be a featured speaker at the recent Magnet Schools of America Policy Conference. The conference was held in Washington, D.C. from February 7-9.

As the founding principal of Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy (CBEA) Principal Laura Burke was invited to be a featured speaker on a panel titled "The Case for Magnet Schools: Real Success Stories Shared by Local Educators."

This was a pivotal gathering that brought together educators, policymakers and advocates from across the nation to discuss the importance and impact of magnet schools. Magnet schools have a special academic focus or program. They are ideal for students with interest in a particular area of study or way of learning.

Joined by colleagues including the Superintendent from Anne Arundel School District in Maryland and the MSA Board President & Executive Director of Innovation for the Easton Baton Rouge Parish School District in Louisiana, Burke's session resonated with over 100 conference attendees, including members of Congressional staff. Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut further elevated the discussion by presenting the MAGNET Act, which aims to provide vital support and funding for magnet schools nationwide.

About her experience on the panel, Burke said, "I had the opportunity to highlight the innovative approach of our school, the Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy, and share our early successes. I emphasized the importance of federal support in sustaining and expanding our unique model, which focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills in young students. I highlighted our monthly student pop-up shops and partnerships with local and national entrepreneurs as key components of our school's identity."

During the conference, Burke engaged in meaningful discussions with senior legislative staff for Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper and Colorado Representative Diana DeGette, advocating for additional support and funding for the APS entrepreneurial academy, as well as for magnet schools in general.

By sharing the story of CBEA, she aimed to illustrate the tangible impact of magnet schools and underscore the importance of continued investment in innovative education initiatives.

Overall, the Magnet Schools of America Policy Conference provided a platform for collaboration, advocacy and inspiration, reaffirming the critical role of magnet schools in shaping the future of education in our nation.