THE MENTORING MINUTE
Welcome to KMEA Mentoring Minute! This monthly communication is offered by your KMEA leadership to support you with timely information and resources. You can look for this communication at the beginning of each month!
Your success is important to us and we are here to help you in whatever way we can. Please feel free to contact your District Mentoring Chair, State Mentoring Chairs or KMEA leadership with questions, concerns and ideas.
KMEA SUMMER MENTORING SUMMIT
The KMEA Mentoring Summit will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. This virtual mentoring event is designed to help teachers who will be starting their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of teaching to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. Student teachers are invited, too! The summit will feature:
Up-to-date information from various sources including NAfME, NFHS and KSDE.
Band, Choir, General Music and Orchestra breakout sessions focused on helping you have a great start to the year.
The opportunity to ask questions and connect with KMEA mentors who can serve as a resource throughout the year.
Click on this LINK to register for the Summer Mentoring Summit. Registration is FREE and will remain open until Friday, July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
DISTRICT FALL MENTORING KICK-OFF EVENTS
Each KMEA District hosts a fall mentoring get together for first year teachers.
THE DATES BELOW MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SINCE MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE DELAYED THEIR START DATE. THIS NEWS LETTER WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Check your KMEA District website for the latest information - HERE.
East Central District: September 8, Edgerton High School.
Northeast District: September 14, Lawrence Free State High School.
Southeast District: August 1, Arma High School, 7:00 p.m.
North Central District: August 26, Manhattan High School.
South Central District: August 29, Location TBA.
Northwest District: August 23, via Zoom.
Southwest District: TBA.
REFER A FIRST YEAR TEACHER OR STUDENT TEACHER
RESOURCES TO PREPARE FOR FALL
As with all teachers, music educators currently find ourselves in a fluid and uncertain time. Although we are not in the classroom at the moment, preparing for next school year is on all minds. While we wait to learn what the Kansas Department of Education and our districts are proposing for school this fall these topics may be helpful.
Strategies for Thriving as a Music Teacher during Uncertain Times with Lesley Moffat, Dana Varona, & Christa Kuebel
The National Federation of High Schools, the parent organization for the Kansas State High School Activities Association, has partnered with NAfME to provide important guidance documents pertaining to return to marching band activities, return to music copyright, etc. View their resources for music teachers HERE.
We are fortunate that our National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is a leading voice in this situation. NAfME has many quality resources available to us now and continues to provide important research, practices and updates. Visit these resources often:
Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education (Table of contents on page 3).
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