Yesterday, we notified you that we were nearing a conclusion related to the actions and comments made by Michael Butera. After a thorough review process, the National Executive Board of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Michael Butera have agreed that he will not be returning to the association. We wish him well and thank him for his service to our purpose and mission.Additionally, we are announcing that Michael Blakeslee will serve as the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Office for NAfME, effective immediately. Mr. Blakeslee’s experience and knowledge of our organization, fostered over nearly 30 years of dedicated service to NAfME and the music education profession, best position us to advocate for and provide opportunities to the greatest number of students and teachers.Over the course of the last few days, it has become increasingly clear that there is a need for real, substantive conversation about providing access and opportunity to the millions of students that deserve a chance but are not afforded one. We believe that our organization can play an important role in convening and facilitating a dialogue to prompt action around ways to increase diversity, inclusion, and equity in music and the arts.While not in the manner we would have preferred, we believe this incident granted an opportunity to address an issue facing too many students and educators. Moving forward, we will be reaching out to a number of organizations, members, and partners to continue the much-needed dialogue regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity in the music and arts. We are committed to upholding our mission, achieving real solutions, and bringing about substantive change that impacts the future of our work and provides access to music for all Americans.
CMEA Board Candidates and Constitution and Bylaws Changes
As directed by our CMEA Constitution & Bylaws, as in the past year as CMEA President-elect I have:
In the following pages, you will see the candidates for office approved by the Nominating Committee and the proposed changes to the CMEA Constitution and Bylaws as recommended by the revision committee.
Process for Selecting the Slate of Candidates
As directed by the CMEA Constitution & Bylaws, the Nominating Committee is chaired by the immediate past president and the members are our CMEA section presidents. As chair, I convened this committee at our January 2015 board meeting to begin discussing potential candidates for the positions of president-elect, vice president and secretary. Over 20 names were suggested. In the ensuing three months, the committee had access to a confidential document where basic biographical information was collected and shared to help inform decision-making. The names were then listed on a private site and committee members were asked rank the names in their order of preference. Once the names were ranked, I began to call those with the highest cumulative rankings to ask if they were interested in becoming a candidate. Those CMEA members who said yes were submitted back to the Nominating Committee for their approval at the August board meeting, and this slate was then endorsed by the CMEA Executive Board. You will find these candidates on the following pages, two for each statewide elected office. I am very proud of how this process played out, and I believe the nominating committee has gathered an extremely strong slate of candidates.
As a CMEA member, we ask that you read the candidate biographies and statements and carefully consider who you believe is best suited to lead our organization over the next two years, and in the case of president-elect, six years. CMEA has positioned itself to become a strong voice in our state for your profession, music education. As we march down the road towards increased advocacy and visibility, the outcome of the CMEA election becomes ever more important. Your serious participation in this process is highly encouraged.
Constitution & Bylaws Revision
The full CMEA board served as the revision committee and unanimously approved the changes in the proposed CMEA Constitution & Bylaws that you will find after the candidate bios in this magazine. The pink words would be added, while crossed-out words would be removed from our current document. Here is a summary of the proposed changes:
This revised Constitution & Bylaws cannot take effect without the ratification of the general membership, and so this issue will appear on your ballot. The CMEA Board of Directors recommends approval of these revisions.
Once again, this year’s election will be held primarily online through a secure election web platform. Members will receive an email from CMEA Executive Administrator Trish Adams two weeks before CASMEC by which members will be able to access their own online ballot. As directed by the CMEA Constitution & Bylaws, any member “may request a ballot be mailed to him/her two months prior to the California All-State Music Education Conference of an election year by sending a stamped and self-addressed envelope to the CMEA State Office.” For your convenience, a computer will be available in the CASMEC exhibit hall for CMEA members in which they can use to vote. The election will close at noon on Saturday, February 13 (during CASMEC). The results will be released via a mass email to all members as soon as all candidates are first notified of the voting.
WHEN: Thursday and Friday, March 17-18Optional El Sistema Pre-Workshop on Wednesday, March 16WHERE: San DiegoWHAT: Two-day conference with Thursday night celebrationRegistration, Program and Accommodation information will be distributed in coming weeksDESCRIPTION:This two-day event will bring national focus to two school districts in San Diego County, where arts education has emerged as a priority to improve student success. San Diego Unified’s Title I arts integration initiative "Learning Through the Arts" is reaching students in twenty-two elementary schools with a coordinated arts integration system. Chula Vista Elementary School District has invested significant resources to hire over 70 credentialed visual and performing arts teachers since June, providing all students instruction in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts.Why is this happening in San Diego? What are the implications for learning and success for all students? What can we learn from their example? The Arts Education Learning Exchange will enable participants to witness school site learning, hear from key leaders and stakeholders within the school districts and local arts organizations who are guiding these efforts, and learn strategies and resources districts can use to embed arts education in student learning.A ‘celebration’ of student learning and community support WITH CELEBRITIES, ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND STUDENT PERFORMANCES FROM DISTRICTS AROUND THE COUNTY, will be held the evening of March 17 to recognize the role San Diego has taken in leading a national conversation about the critical importance of arts education in student learning. This celebration is provided at no cost by the California Alliance for Arts Education.In addition to the two-day Learning Exchange, Chula Vista Elementary School District and San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory will offer a half-day workshop that immerses participants in the El Sistema principles and practices used to build community momentum for restoration of arts education across the district. Separate registration will be required.
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