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Collegiates – Pre-Service Music Educators
Access, Safety, Security
Confirm and reinforce communication with local college/university Music Ed programs and Schools of Education. Prepare, distribute, and post district and building guidelines and procedures.
Field Experience Guidelines and Access
Live classroom experiences have been limited and as we move to Fall 2021 there will be a variety of scenarios across the country. Pre service students and teachers alike must communicate to support each other to create the most positive of situations.
Student Teaching Guidelines and Access
Student teaching/internship and school-based observations are an exciting time full of learning for all involved. Due to the ongoing pandemic, student teaching and classroom observations may look different than in previous years. First and foremost, there must be clear and consistent communication between the host K-12 teacher, the university supervisor, and the university students.
K-12 Host Teachers:
Hold an initial meeting (in person or virtual) with your student teacher and/or practicum students to establish expectations and share school and district requirements.
Check with your school and district about virtual observations. Some students may not be able to participate due to policies recording students.
Provide university students with clear expectations and timelines for completion.
Model appropriate and professional behavior in regard to school and district COVID policies.
When working with university students, provide them with examples of how your teaching was before COVID. Make connections between their current reality and teaching without restrictions.
Stay up to date on policies for the individual school systems you will have students visiting.
Consider, when possible, virtual observations.
Due to challenges with in-person instruction you may need to provide more support to the university student and the K-12 host teacher.
Make sure you are familiar with all health policies for each school you will be visiting.
Remember to model what is expected of the students. Practice good hygiene practices and COVID protocols.
If you are attending live virtual classroom observations, remember to act in a professional manner that you would if you were in the school.
Ask questions of your supervisor and host teacher about what teaching was like before COVID.
Remember that you are a guest in each school you visit. In order for you to remain throughout your placement, you must practice proper COVID protocols and hygiene even when you are not at school.
Smooth-Out Processes for Digital Access
School systems are encouraged to make digital access more available and streamlined for collegiates to be able to access observation experiences in areas of the country in-person observations are not possible.
Collegiate as Resources
Create opportunities to include collegiates as mentors, “hybrid helpers” and additional personnel to offer individualized instruction and assessment, especially in the online environment. They have been students during Covid, so they have a good perspective and could be beneficial as faculty support and "apprentices".
Promote a national push for collegiates to energize the “recruit, revision, rebuild” campaigns. Chapters should gear their professional development and service campaigns toward creatively serving the needs of schools in these times as possible.
Dr. James Weaver is the Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations. He has been a teacher and administrator at the district, state, and national level. As the Director of Performing Arts and Sports, Dr. Weaver oversees student participation, professional development, and awareness of performing arts activities throughout the nation’s 19,500+ high schools. Dr. Weaver has been a part of several national projects for performing arts educators including serving as the co-chair of the International Performing Arts Aerosol Study, creating copyright compliance resources, and developing national trainings for performing arts adjudicators. Dr. Weaver specializes in educational administration and leadership focusing on professional development and teacher job satisfaction and retention. Dr. Weaver has degrees from Concordia College - Moorhead, Northern State University, and the University of South Dakota.
Lynn Tuttle (LynnT@nafme.org) is Director of Public Policy, Research, and Professional Development for the National Association for Music Education. Her duties include supporting music educators and state leaders in the areas of standards, assessment, research, teacher evaluation, and the interconnection of federal and state policy. She also manages the production of NAfME’s 6 publications for the field. She is primary author of NAfME’s ESSA resources, and is the staff lead for the Association’s 5-year Teaching with Primary Sources grant from the Library of Congress. Lynn holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory of Music (valedictorian), Johns Hopkins University (Phi Beta Kappa), Arizona State University. Lynn continues to teach, study, and perform as a flutist and singer, and is the mother of two young musicians.
Justin Bills, Choir Director, Utah
Jennifer Brooks, Band Director, Oregon
Craig Manteuffel, Performing Arts, KSHSAA
Kyle Mills, Manager of Performing Arts, NFHS
Bob Morrison, Director, Arts Ed New Jersey
Marcia Neel, Music Education Consultant
Amy Perras, Instructional Supervisor for Music, Art and Library Media, Connecticut
Darin Au, Council for Guitar Education member, Honolulu, HI
Brett Nolker, Society for Music Teacher Education, Greensboro, NC
Ryan Shaw, Society for Music Teacher Education, East Lansing, Michigan
Michael Stone, Chair, Council of Music Program Leaders, Bakersfield, CA
Rob Lyda, Chair, Council for General Music Education, Auburn, AL
Jennifer Kauffman, Council for General Music Education member, Annapolis, MD
Anna Halliday, Council for General Music Education member, Montevallo, AL
Dean Luethi, Chair, Council for Choral Education, Pullman, WA
Susan Smith, Chair, Collegiate Advisory Council, Troy, AL
Richard Holmes, Council for Band Education member, Dallas, NC
Corren Duffy, Council for Choral Education member, Missoula, MT