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President Elect William McDevitt


856-794-6800 x2539 billnjmea@aol.com


Random Thoughts Before I begin my ramblings, I would like to express my thanks to the NJMEA membership for electing me to the position of President-


Elect. Six years ago, I ran unopposed, so this election was a vote of confidence for me. In the last 6 months, many people have asked me why I wanted to do this again, and I would like to explain my motivations. If you go back four years ago and think about what was going on in the State of New Jersey, you will remember that we were going


through a period of teacher bashing. The Governor was targeting the NJEA and as a result, the approval rating for teachers was at an all-time low. While there were many things that I wanted to do during my presidency, I instead spent two years trying to maintain what we were do- ing and cut costs to remain solvent. Before I knew it, two years were over and I didn’t feel like I had accomplished anything. Now I have that chance. In the meantime, I will be there to support Joe Jacobs in whatever capacity he needs. One of the goals that I am starting to work on immediately is membership. While we are still one of the top 6 states in the country when it comes to membership, our numbers have dropped. I plan to focus on convincing expired members to renew their membership and encouraging collegiate members to become full members as soon as they graduate from college. In the very near future, we will be announcing a few programs to help with this process. And now – an update. In the last TEMPO issue, I discussed some of the changes on the horizon for teacher evaluation. Interestingly


enough, by the time the edition was published, the information was outdated. We do know, however, that student growth is a part of every teacher evaluation in the state this year. Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) are the major part of this initiative when it comes to non-tested areas. These SGOs are individualized to each teacher and must be approved by your administrator. While the process is somewhat tedious, it will give us some real data to evaluate our own teaching. If you are confused or don’t know where to begin, read the TEMPO Express editions that will be coming around in the first two months of the year. Some experts from our Music Administrators Association will be holding a few sessions to give advice and guide teachers in writing their SGO’s for this current year. Don’t feel like we are isolated in our evaluation changes. At the National Assembly in Washington this past June, we found out that every state in the country is going through some type of evaluation reform. Many of them are doing exactly what we are doing. Finally – a teaser: Keep your eyes and ears open for a major announcement about NJMEA and its movement into the 20th I am very happy to be in for the next six years and hope that in June of 2019 I will be ready to fade into the background of the fabric that we call the New Jersey Music Educators Association.


century.


Administration Ronald P. Dolce


732-574-0846 rdolce561@aol.com


On behalf of the New Jersey Music Administrators Executive Board and General Membership, I would like to welcome back to a new


school year the members of the New Jersey Music Educators Association; and a special welcome to the NJMEA’s new president, Joe Jacobs and the new members of the NJMEA’s Board of Directors.


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