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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Darcy Nendza, IMEA State Offi ce


Updates from the State Offi ce


IMEA’s Board of Directors keeps the organization moving forward and adapting to the member’s needs. I want to take a few minutes to update you on recent important projects.


1. Website–IMEA has contracted with Imaginary Landscape, a Chicago-based web design develop- ment strategist, to completely change our web presence. Many items that members have requested for years will soon be available–better navigation, a clinician hand-out gallery from the conference, and multimedia professional development off erings a just a few of the items in the works. We are excited and invigorated by the potential that the web presence will bring us. T e site should be live this fall, and we will appreciate any feedback you have for us once we debut.


2. Website–(part 2) Concurrently to the IMEA web site build, NAfME (formerly MENC) is undertaking a web redesign and technology upgrade. T is will facilitate better sharing of informa- tion between our two organizations and allow NAfME to reach members quickly with important updates, especially regarding educational policy issues. A $3 additional fee has been added to every member’s dues beginning July 1, 2011 to pay for this and future NAfME technology upgrades.


3. Conference Name–T e IMEA All-State Conference is now the Illinois Music Education Conference. T is allows members to highlight the professional development aspects of the conference to administrators and allows the organization to expand programming for the future. We hope to see in Peoria in January!


4. New Events–Coming next year, IMEA will be hosting more events for your students! Keep your eyes on the new website and look for announcements at the Illinois Music Education Conference in January.


5. New State Projects–T e Board of Directors is looking very carefully at how IMEA can positively impact the music programs of our members. If you have an idea for a program or project that could impact our members state-wide, please let me know. New programs will be rolling out in the next year.


6. Teacher Evaluation–At the summer board meeting this July, the Board of Directors began a study of teacher evaluation. T ere is a large concern that IMEA needs to be educated and understand how to guide evaluation of music education in Illinois. A session specifi c to this topic will be off ered twice at the 2012 Illinois Music Education Conference.


As IMEA continues to grow, we need to hear from our members about projects and issues of importance to you. Please fell free to email me at any point with questions, suggestions or comments. I look forward to seeing many of you at the District Festivals this fall!


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Illinois Music Educator | Volume 72 Number 1


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