To California Music Educators and Supporters,
On behalf of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Board of Directors, I take great pride in presenting the revised Strategic Plan. The revision of the CMEA Strategic Plan was necessary for two reasons: the original Strategic Plan was developed in 2012 and was a five year plan; changes within our educational system required us to update the plan.
The revision of this plan came about through diligent and focused hard work by your CMEA Board of Directors. The work began at the August 2016 Board meeting with a thought provoking look at the IDEA Concept: viewing all that we do through the lens of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. Following that was a detailed word by word examination of our existing Strategic Plan. The Board then met in small groups during the fall to work on each of the four goal areas in our Mission Statement (Leadership, Advocacy, Membership Services, and Communication). The final step was a detailed review of the work accomplished and approval of the revised CMEA Strategic Plan at the January 2017 Board meeting.
Many issues are driving the work of CMEA at this time, including:
- The successful passage and signing by the Governor of the CMEA sponsored bill, AB2862, for the revision of our VAPA Standards,
- The continued recovery of California’s economy and the resurgence of many music programs throughout the state; coupled with a nationwide teacher shortage,
- The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with the elimination of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the creation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in which Music is enumerated as a subject to be taught in a Well-Rounded Education, and
- The growing need to provide support in the many over-arching areas of education that exist and connect all areas of music education.
To achieve our vision to ensure that all California students have equal access to high quality music instruction as part of a well-rounded education, I ask for all music educators in California to renew or become a member of their professional association, CMEA, and to work towards supporting the revised Strategic Plan. All of California’s children deserve to learn the important skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive work force, as learned in sequential, standards-based music education courses taught by credentialed music educators.