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The purpose of the Policy ASPA is to increase policy awareness within music education and to build music educators’ capacity for policy analysis, development, and implementation.
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Learn more about this ASPA by listening to the following audio podcast:
Policy and the Political Life of Music Education
Patrick Schmidt, former Policy ASPA facilitator, along with Richard Colwell, has recently edited a book about policy. This book
- Provides new ways to conceptualize and understand policy
- Connects policy conceptualization and examples in the field
- Presents policy in various facets from curriculum to research to legislation
- Presents policy in various spaces from school to higher education to the orchestral world
- Provides a rationale for policy as a significant part of the daily lives of individuals, from children, to teachers, to traditional decision-makers.
- Introduces 15 new, unpublished, chapters that serve both as an introduction to the field and a way to re-imagine how we may engage with Policy.
- Essential tool for educators who are experience the growing impact of policy issues on their teaching lives
Check out this page for more information and to order your copy!
- Music Education Policy Roundup – November 7, 2017
- Music Education Policy Roundup – October 21, 2017
- Music Education Policy Roundup – September 20, 2017
- Music Education Policy Roundup – September 4, 2017
- Music Education Policy Roundup – August 9, 2017
September 22, 2016: Intersections of Policy and Issues of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access with NAfME Webinar
April 22, 2016 Programs, Practices, and Policies: Incorporating PK in Music Teacher Education
January 25, 2016 ESSA Policy Webinar
Attendees at the Policy ASPA’s working session during the 2017 SMTE Symposium identified three action items that define our agenda for the next two years:
- Action Item #1: Develop policy resources for inservice teachers and music teacher educators. This includes resources for the places such as the NAfME Advocacy and Research pages and state MEAs.
- Action Item #2: Consider policies that enable diversifying music education curriculum in higher education. We are developing longer-term research projects to learn about this topic.
- Action Item #3: Compose a policy statement addressing equitable access to music education in a time of school choice.
- Aguilar, C.E. and Dye, C.K. (2017, September). Developing Music Education Policy Wonks: Pre-service Music Education and Policy. Paper presented at the Society for Music Teacher Education Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
- Dye, C.K. (2016). Seizing the opportunities of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Tennessee Musician, 68(3), 12-13.
- Richerme, L.K., Aguilar, C.E., Kos, R., Hellman, D., Prendergast, J., Helton, B. (2016, March). Preservice teacher evaluation policy and practices colloquium. NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.
- Aguilar, C.E., Schmidt, P., Burton, S.L., Hellman, D., Rechel, L. (2016, March). Political action in music education colloquium. NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.
- Dye, C.K. & Aguilar, C.E. (2016, March) Changing Licensure Requirements: Issues and Implications for Teacher Mobility and Reciprocity. Paper presented at the NAfME Music and Research Teacher Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.
- Aguilar, C.E. & Richerme, L. K. (2016). A descriptive study of music teacher educators’ beliefs about policy, Journal of Music Teacher Education, 25(2), 37-49.
Dye, C. K. & Richerme, L. K. (2015, September). Music educators and policy: An examination of knowledge, engagement, trust, and efficacy. Paper presented at the Society for Music Teacher Education Conference, Greensboro, NC.
- Aguilar, C. & Richerme, L. (2014). What is everyone saying about teacher evaluation?: Framing the intended and inadvertent consequences of Race to the Top. Arts Education Policy Review, 115(4), 110-120.
- Aguilar, C.E., Richerme, L.K. (2014, July). A Descriptive Study of Music Teacher Educators’ Beliefs about Policy. Research presentation at the 2014 International Society for Music Education, Natal, Brazil.
- Kos, R., Aguilar, C.E., Dye, C., Hellman, D., Robinson, M., Schmidt, P. (2014, April). Hot Policy Topics Affecting Music Teacher Education: A Panel Discussion about Teacher Evaluation. Panel presentation at the 2014 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, St. Louis, MO.
- Aguilar, C.E., Miksza, P., & Richerme, L. K. (2013, September). Navigating pathways for music teacher education and current policy trends. Best practices paper presentation at the Society for Music Teacher Education Conference, Greensboro, NC.
Richerme, L. K. (2013, February). Policy 101. Workshop presented at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference, Boston, MA.
Aguilar, C. E., & Richerme, L. K. (2012, March). Diving at the finish line: The possible implications of Race to the Top for music education. Research poster presented at the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Kos, R. P., Schmidt, P. K., Aguilar, C. E., Orzolek, D., & Hamann, K. (2012, March). Policy 101: Understanding, implementing, and influencing education policy. Panel presentation at the Biennial Music Educators National Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Schmidt, P. K., Orzolek, D. C., Kos, R. P., Richerme, L. K., & Holcomb, A. (2012, March). Nobody told me that!!! Policy 101 or learning leadership. Panel presentation at the Biennial Music Educators National Conference, St. Louis, MO.
The term “policy” has many meanings and many uses.
NAfME is making an effort to reach out to the music education policy research community.
Help us build a comprehensive bibliographic resource for policy related studies. Contact the facilitators.