DMEA Strategic Plan

Introduction

The Delaware Music Educators Association strategic plan is intended to provide guidance as the organization strives to better serve its membership and the students of the State of Delaware. This plan is an outline for the next five years and is intended as a working document that is subject to review annually as the organization grows and changes.


Mission Statement

The Mission of the Delaware Music Educators Association is to support the growth of the arts through music education professionals by offering resources for educators and opportunities for our students.

Professional Development

Rationale: Professional development is mandated by the state and provided by our organization for the growth of the music educator.

Actions:
1. Continue professional development opportunities that we currently provide and expand professional development opportunities throughout the year in different forms.
2. Create opportunities to broaden the scope of our professional development offerings.
3. Support our membership with professional development offerings that will assist in their recertification efforts

Organizational Development

Rationale: Continually reevaluate the growth and structure of the association in terms of the needs and desires of its membership.

Actions:
1. Communicate with members and community through newsletters and website.
2 . Increase Membership in all areas by providing more programs geared to elementary and middle school educators.
3 . Insure representation from across the state.

Standards

Rationale: DMEA will advocate the use of the standards and performance indicators as developed and adopted by the State School Board in every public, private, or parochial school in the State of Delaware.

Actions:
1. Develop assessment tools.
2 . Promote best practices.
3 . Support preparation of new teachers by fostering the CMENC and Tri-M chapter’s understanding of the need and use of the standards and performance indicators.

Teaching and Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

Rationale: Aid members in developing standards based curriculum, lesson plans, and activities that are sequential and developmentally appropriate throughout the state.

Actions:
1. Support the inclusion of Early Childhood Music.
2 . Provide Professional Development.
3 . Approached from top down – undergraduate to primary.
4 . Work to establish consistent music instruction that enables students to meet the standards.
5 . Explore ways to implement the high school arts credit.

Advocacy

Rationale: To be true advocates for music education, DMEA members must support music education within all communities and cultures.

Actions:
1. Create an advocacy chair position for DMEA Board.
2 . Inform the public of the necessity for music education.
3 . Inform the state and local school board members and administrators of the value in educating the whole child through music.
4 . Utilize various forms of media to further music education.
5 . All DMEA members will make themselves more available as resources to further the advancement of the arts.
6 . Take an active roll in conjunction with other arts organizations in the promoting of the arts for all.

Partnerships and Alliances

Rationale: Foster relationships with individuals and organizations that support an arts education for every child.

Actions:
1. Offer information and assistance in grant writing to members.
2 . Strengthen and encourage opportunities for relationships with Arts organizations associated with education.
3 . Research available grants to fund the work of DMEA.
4 . Commission original works for All State events on a rotating basis.
5 . Strengthen partnerships with institutions of higher education.

Music for All

Rationale: DMEA recognizes the right of every human being to have his or her life positively affected by exposure to music.

Action:
1. Make the DMEA web site available for community organizations such as bands, orchestras and choirs to publicly list their criteria for participation and calendar of events. 
2. Make the DMEA web site a place to announce the availability of teachers for private or group instruction at all levels.
3. Utilize DMEA resources to provide suggested materials and lesson plans to educators at all levels. 
4. Work to develop a solo and ensemble festival for the state.
5 . Work to encourage that every middle and secondary school have an active Tri-M chapter and every university have an active collegiate MENC chapter.
6 . Work to encourage participation/involvement by adults and seniors who are not currently involved in school music, music education and/or community groups to allow music to become part of their lives.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Rationale: DMEA will continue to work with the state, districts, local schools and TRI-M/CMENC chapters to attract and retain the highest qualified music educators available.

Action:
1. Support aggressive hiring practices to enable Delaware to be more competitive
2. Encourage and support affiliations with professional organizations i.e. AOSA, KEOA, GIML, ASTA, ACDA, IAJE etc.
3. Promote teacher participation in Professional Development at local, state, and national levels.
4. Encourage the participation of arts educators in the hiring and interview processes.
5. Establish a system of peer mentoring among music educators.
6. Establish a system of mentoring for prospective music educators at the secondary and undergraduate level.
7. Create an open forum for novice and experience/veteran teachers to talk, interact and share educational experiences with other professional peers i.e. classroom management, teaching strategies, standards based instruction, lesson planning, open forum, free discussion. 
8. Promote professional collaboration about music education curriculum among higher education and Delaware institutions pre-K through 12. 
9. Support networking opportunities with other arts educators. 
10. Provide examples of best practices in music education.

Assessment

Rationale: To insure our students a proper music education, DMEA will create assessment tools that evaluate student strengths and weaknesses as they relate to music and determine the value and effectiveness of the standards and performance indicators.

Action: 
1. Adapt a national model to create an assessment tool that could be used in Delaware. 
2. Provide model assessments that reflect state content standards.
3. Provide assessments that reflect the instructional strategies.

4. Provide programs that use assessment as formative and summative.