I has been a loooooooong while since I’ve visited the blog! Did you miss me? Well, I’m going to update you on what’s been happening in and outside of A-3!
The Summer of 2015
I have named Summer 2015: The Summer of Name Badges because between June and August I gained a nice collection of them. I spent a lot of time building my professional development skills in many different areas. I also was able to travel this summer. I attended the National PTA Convention in Charlotte,NC; the NEA Representative Assembly in Orlando, FL; and the NCAE Instructional Leadership Institute in Raleigh, NC. I’ll share some of my favorite highlights of each!
National PTA Convention
This was my first time attending this event! It was exciting to interact with so many parents and community members who are working to make strong schools. I volunteered at the NEA Booth to distribute information about community engagement and partnerships, social justice and diversity literature, and other information. I also had the opportunity to hear then-US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speak to the audience.
NEA Representative Assembly 2015
Shortly after Charlotte, I was on the road to Orlando! I was excited to represent my state and local association in the largest gathering of teachers in the United States! I spent my birthday and 6 additional days in Fl doing the work of advocating for the teaching profession and public education. I exercised my leadership skills by working on a state committee (New Business Items) and watching teachers work for the needs of each other and our students.
NCAE Instructional Leadership Institute
In early August, I attended a 4-day training to build knowledge around the Common Core standards and how to become an instructional leader within and outside the classroom. I was extremely nervous to attend, being the only music teacher. However, I was excited because I was able to bring different perspectives to our discussions. You may ask why a music teacher needs to know about the Common Core standards.
I’m glad you asked! Music IS a core subject! Also, in the arts, we integrate math, literacy, science, and social studies throughout our own national and state curriculum. This opportunity gave me a chance to really dig deep into understanding where the Core standards came from, looking into the math and literacy standards at length, and how can we encourage these standards in our community for student success.
I know and totally understand that Common Core is a hotly debated topic. So, I had to find out for myself. There are a ton of misconceptions and confusion around the standards. However, our students need clear and strong standards in order for them to be ready to compete with their global peers. The arts play an important role in preparing our students to be creative thinkers so we definitely need to know how to use the standards in our own classrooms.
I truly enjoyed this experience and I was able to share it with other educators across the state of NC. I also had the opportunity to meet the current NC Teacher of the Year Keana Triplett and State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson! Heavy Hitters right there!
Since school has started, I have been putting all of the skills I learned this summer to good use! I’ll share in my next post what I have been up to since school started!