2015 National In-Service Conference

2015 National In-Service Conference

October 25-28, 2015

It’s our last year in Music City and we’re out to make it our best yet! Join us, one last time in Naf-ville, for more than 300 innovative professional development sessions, nightly entertainment, extraordinary performances from across the country, a wild time at the Give a Note Extravaganza, and tons of networking and in-depth learning.

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Policy Update: Secretary of Education Resigns

The White House announced today that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans to resign from his cabinet position in December. Duncan’s tenure as Secretary has often been marked by his support for charter schools, Common Core, and the use of standardized testing as a measure for evaluating teachers. He has also strongly supported Race to the Top, the White House’s controversial competitive granting program. In the higher education arena, Secretary Duncan campaigned to make colleges and universities more transparent and pushed for policies to regulate for-profit colleges. Duncan is…

Maximize Your Practice Time Using the Rule of 10’s…

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Empower Your Choral Program by Creating a Community Culture

Empower Your Choral Program by Creating a Community Culture By Dr. Wendy K. Moy Director of Choral Activities and Music Education Connecticut College New London, Connecticut   According to Morrison (2001), the music ensemble possesses its own unique culture. Therefore, as educators we need to be intentional in creating this culture so that it aligns with and promotes our ensemble’s goals. Toward that end, social capital provides a framework with which we can take the temperature or assess the health of the social workings of our classroom. “Social capital refers…

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