2014 National In-Service Conference

Oct 26, 2014 – Oct 29, 2014

This October, we are heading back to Music City for our 2nd Annual NAfME National In-Service Conference. If you joined us last year, you know that this was a fun.

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Secretary of Education’s Back-To-School Letter Supports Evaluation that’s “Beyond the Bubbles”

On August 21st, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan posted a letter addressing concerns from teachers and parents about the focus of schools on testing and test preparation. In the post, the Secretary briefly outlines his proposals to offer an optional moratorium for states on including certain test results with teacher evaluations.  In addition, the Secretary briefly discusses the importance of meaningful assessment, stating: “Many educators, and parents, have made clear that they’re supportive of assessment that measures what matters – but that a lot of tests today don’t do that – they focus too…

Classroom and Time Management Tips

Are you looking for classroom and time management tips as you begin the new school year? We’ve compiled several resources for you below. Please share your ideas with us in the comment section!   As a string orchestra director, Gretta Sandberg knows that one of the most effective class strategies is shown in how you begin each class. In her words, “Your students need to know when the rehearsal is actually beginning.” “Students come in the orchestra room bursting with energy and youthful angst!” says Sandberg. “There is the short span of time…

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NAfME Preconference and its Solutions Music Group Will Help Make Sense of the New National Music Standards

On October 25th and 26th, NAfME will present a “Standards, Assessment, & Evaluation Preconference” at its 2014 National In-Service Conference at the Gaylord Opryland and Resort in Nashville Tennessee. The Preconference will explore the ways the new Standards differ from the 1994 standards, including the ways that they serve music education in the era of Common Core State Standards, and the implications of the Standards for student assessment and teacher evaluation. Sessions will look at the development of the Standards as well as the practical rollout of Standards tools and the…