THE MENTORING MINUTE

From the KMEA Mentoring Network

Janelle Brower, Holly Taylor and Lynn Unruh, State Co-Chairs

JULY 2020

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.

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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

Please help us find our new Kansas Music Educators. We want to make sure that they are are aware of all of the support the KMEA Mentoring Network has to offer. If you are aware of a first or second year teacher or student teacher who is new to Kansas, please share their information HERE.

UPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINES

Stay up-to-date with all KMEA and KSHSAA events and deadlines with the helpful links below:

Check out the KMEA State Calendar HERE.

Check out the KSHSAA music page HERE.

Check out district dates and deadlines on your District KMEA website HERE.

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


Walking the Talk: Working with Administrators during COVID and Beyond with Leyla Sanyer.


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).


NAfME Covid-19 Resources


AMPLIFY - this online platform will allow you to connect connect and converse with over 60,000 other music educators, leaders, and advocates.


Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators


NAfME Online Professional Learning Community

MENTORING HELPLINES

ECKMEA: Jason Sickel mentoring@eckmea.org
NEKMEA: Anne Neal mentoring@nekmea.org
NCKMEA: Jamie Rogers mentoring@nckmea.org
NWKMEA: Bill Schick mentoring@nwkmea.org
SCKMEA: Gretchen Bixler and Ron Chronister mentoring@sckmea.org
SEKMEA: Mary Jo Harper mentoring@sekmea.org
SWKMEA: Shara Bane mentoring@swkmea.org