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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Schools work to keep arts alive

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — In the Carmichaels Area School District music still thrives, but keeping music and arts alive in public education takes ongoing ingenuity as districts strive to strike an educational-financial balance. Jason Baily, who serves as director of bands in Carmichaels, said school districts across the commonwealth face tough choices. “Music is greatly adored at Carmichaels, but like every district in the state, we have been forced to make difficult decisions. I know that when an administrator asks for a budgetary concession, he or she is asking it as…

Why the kids who most need arts education aren’t getting it

Though the benefits of art education are very real (see here for a list of 10), it is one of the big, unfortunate casualties of the high-stakes testing era, with its laser focus on math and English Language Arts — especially in schools with big populations of students who live in poverty. Just how effective a good arts program can be was shown by Michael Sokolove, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, in his book titled “Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a…

STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup

Original Article on Edutopia “Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.” Resources by Topic: STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math STEAM: STEM + Arts, Design, Humanities STEAM and Maker Education Additional Resources on the Web STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Ownership and Agency Will Propel STEM Learning, by Matt Levinson (2014) Levinson presents evidence — from disappointing math and science assessment scores…