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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Graduation Rates and Keeping Students “On Track”

A report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) has found that improvements gained from keeping students on track their freshmen year in high school were sustained as those students continued in 10th and 11th grades, and followed with large increases in graduation rates. A student is considered “on track” in 9th grade if they finished the year with at least five credits and no more than one semester F in a core class. If the student was on track at the end of 9th grade,…

FY 2015 CR Clears Senate

By a vote of 78-22, the Senate has passed an FY 2015 Continuing Resolution (CR), which will now head to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The new CR is set to expire on December 11, 2014. As such, the upcoming “lame duck” Congress, which will convene for only 15 days, will need to take one of the following actions: Enact an omnibus appropriations bill containing all 12 of the appropriations bills. Enact an omnibus appropriations bill containing several, but not all 12 bills, and extend the CR for the…

Music ‘helps children expand their cultural horizons’

Sheikh Zayed once said: “Future generations will be living in a world that is very different from that to which we are accustomed. It is essential that we prepare ourselves and our children for that new world.” He had the foresight to recognise the importance of education in this young country’s progress and ensure that future generations are equipped with the skills that will matter in a new world. As educationists, we are always thinking of new ways to enhance the curriculum and understand that today’s children can only prepare…