• December 10, 2023

Celebrate Music Education Month and showcase the benefits of music education.

Music Education Month

Music education helps students to develop brain development, physical coordination and emotional regulation. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for the public to see this work in action.

Take over the school announcements with a fun music fact or song each day. Create a “Ways Music Effects Me” list that students can guess at – collect them in a coffee can or online.

What is MIOSM?

Music Education Month is an annual national celebration established by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to showcase and celebrate students and teachers, as well as highlight the many benefits of a high-quality music education program. NAfME’s 52 federated state music education associations play an active role in the observance, securing governors’ proclamations and enlisting support from local elected officials and community organizations.

Empower your students by having them write about what music means to them and display the responses on a bulletin board. Alternatively, ask them to list ways in which music impacts their daily lives and compare their lists with each other.

Invite parents to your class and have them help with music education activities, such as leading warm-ups or songs. Having them participate gives them the opportunity to see what their children are learning in school and reinforces how music is part of all subjects, not just math and science. You could even have older music students lead their younger peers and create a student-led chorus or instrumental ensemble.

MIOSM History

In schools throughout the United States and beyond, music educators and students are celebrating this year’s theme – “Music Changes Lives” – by demonstrating how their quality school music programs transform the lives of their students. From music education concerts in the classroom, community or even at the state capitol to visits with legislators and requests for funding, music educators are highlighting the value of their program through their communities.

For many students, parents, and community members, the impact of music education is not apparent through the months of practice and rehearsal that precede the performances in concert halls, schools, civic buildings, churches, libraries, parks and malls. MIOSM offers the perfect opportunity for music teachers to bring their programs to the attention of their schools and communities and display the wealth of extraordinary benefits that music education provides.

NAfME has developed a variety of free resources that music educators can use in their celebrations. This includes lesson plans, teaching aims and objectives, musical connections to the National Core Arts Standards, worksheets, and more for 20 songs.

MIOSM Activities

Many music teachers use this month to offer special performances, lessons, sing-alongs, and activities designed to bring their music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities, and to display the positive benefits that school-based music education brings to students of all ages. NAfME provides special resources to support these efforts.

One idea is to have students list ways that music is a part of their lives. Then, have them compare lists with friends and family members.

Another great activity is to have older students mentor younger students. For example, 4th-grade students can lead a “song tale” for 1st-grade class, or 8th-graders could lead warm-ups with the 6th-grade band.

Also, it is a great time to host a community concert by local college groups or a community chorus or orchestra. This can be an opportunity to show students how talented they are, and to teach them concert etiquette. Some schools also present faculty with MIOSM buttons and ask them to wear them every day during March.

MIOSM Advocacy

Music education advocates are essential to ensuring access to a quality music program for every child. Advocacy isn’t only about educating legislators and board of education members, but also involves proactively reaching out to community leaders and the media to promote the importance of music in schools.

Many music educators become advocates by regularly promoting their programs to administrators, parents, colleagues, and community groups and by offering special concerts and performances that display the benefits of a quality school music program. NAfME has a wealth of resources to help with your advocacy efforts, including press release templates, meeting presentations and sample advocacy letters that you can adapt to your local situation.

NAfME’s federated state music education associations play an important role in observing MIOSM by securing governor proclamations, enlisting support from chief state school officers and establishing organizational structures to reach individual music educators. Additionally, NAfME and its partners in the Congressional Caucus on Arts, Education and Youth (CCAEY) host a virtual MIOSM Hill Day that provides an opportunity to share why music education is important with federal representatives.

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  • December 9, 2023

The Future of Education in the Global Community

IES-2023 – The Future of Education in the Global Community

Attend this event to hear bold ideas about international education, social justice, advocacy for community engagement and its impact on students. You’ll also have a chance to network with other educators and student recruitment agents.

Learn and grow with renowned academicians, scholars and experts. The conference offers meaningful discussions and workshops to help you build your knowledge and expertise in these fields.

World Congress on Education (WCE-2023)

The World Congress is the supreme decision-making body of Education International. It adopts policies and programmes, approves financial and other reports and elects officers. It also determines dues rates for its members.

At the event, leaders from across higher education share inspiring stories of boundary spanning collaboration and cross-functional alignment. They will discuss the challenges of delivering high-quality, equitable quality education in the face of globalization and rapid change.

Present your research to an international audience at this conference dedicated to pushing the boundaries of education theory and practice. This highly-respected event offers unique opportunities to explore interdisciplinary interests and promote the evolution of pedagogy.

International Education Show (IES-2023)

The IES-2023 conference will address the future of education in the global community. The event will bring together educators and students to discuss how education can be a catalyst for social change. The conference will feature a diverse mix of speakers and topics to encourage dialogue about the future of education.

However, there are still serious challenges ahead. For example, the UCU’s industrial action could damage student recruitment. It also risks creating a culture of neo-colonialism in which universities exploit students from dominant source countries. This approach could undermine the benefits of internationalisation, which are supposed to be about opening up educational opportunities to all.

Standards Institute (SI-2023)

The Standards Institute (SI) provides leadership in the global community by spreading awareness about the importance of standards and conformance. Its work helps to boost economic competitiveness, increase efficiency, open markets and support consumer confidence.

The latest reform movement in teaching science is the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These new standards revolutionize the learning process by introducing students to disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices. However, they require new strategies for facilitating student learning in Palestinian classrooms. The results from this study suggest that NGSS-based SI activities can help teachers develop their abilities to plan lessons oriented toward inquiry. They can also improve their abilities to assess students’ SI application.

4th International Conference on Integrating Technology in Education (ITE-2023)

Education is a key sector of every country and plays an important role in nine out of ten people’s lives. Hence, it is imperative to keep up with the latest teaching techniques and mechanisms. Attending an international conference on education can help you stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the field of learning and teaching.

Educators can expect to be inspired by thought-provoking plenaries, engaging group discussions, and networking opportunities with fellow educators. Moreover, they can get hands-on training with new tools and learn about the latest trends in education technology. Educators can also learn about the strategies to increase student success in their classrooms at this conference.

National Conference on Student Success (NCSC23)

Reignite your passion for teaching by discovering new ideas and fresh teaching strategies. You’ll also find practical tips and tricks for improving student outcomes. You’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded educators and industry experts.

Explore the latest research in higher education. Attend group discussions and Smart Talks, and meet subject experts from around the world. This event will help you stay ahead of the game and prepare your students for the future workplace.

ISTE 2023

ISTE 2023: Embrace Future-Ready Learning

ISTE’s flagship conference is a place to discover what’s next in education — and your practice. You’ll get insights into the latest technologies, products and tools that empower learners, foster creativity and promote authentic learning.

EdTech coaches are key in facilitating student and teacher creativity. And that’s why it’s critical to find ways to support their work.

Meet edtech leaders at ISTE Live, June 25-28 in Philadelphia or online. Discover how schools can use digital tools to empower students and teachers and close the equity gap. Educators who join ISTE receive year-round access to expert webinars, exclusive content and discounts on ISTE books and ISTE U.

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