I hope that all of you have had a refreshing summer and are ready for the new school year. With the new school year comes more changes, more growth. This time, the changes that I want to share with you have to do with MENC. Our parent organization is rebranding and upgrading the infrastructure.
At the MENC National Assembly held during Music Education Week in Washington D.C., I heard a lot of exciting things, including considerable information about upgrades to the MENC infrastructure. I was shocked to learn that there have been no technology upgrades since the 80’s. The staff at MENC has been doing amazing work to keep things working and looking current, but it is obvious that something has to change. A technology upgrade was approved by the members of the National Assembly and I am excited to say that you will see some real improvements over the next few years. There will be an increase in our annual dues to pay for this upgrade, but I can guarantee you that it is worth it. You will see personal benefits and our dues are still among the least expensive for national professional organizations.
Another MENC update from the National Assembly is about the rebranding of MENC. You will see a change in logo and title in the coming months. Instead of “MENC: The National Organization for Music Education,” our parent organization will be known as “NAfME” or “The National Association for Music Education.” While this may not seem like a
big deal, it means that those who are not members will more easily understand our national identity. The staff at MENC has done a lot of work on this, as well as a variety of other things (they have been very busy), and they make a compelling case for the value of the name or brand change and the technology upgrade.
Advocacy was another major topic at the National Assembly. The MENC staff has done a lot on this front for years and the MENC website is a virtual treasure trove of information and resources. One of the newest things that you will find on the MENC website is a section called “Groundswell.” This is a new and very effective tool for keeping up with what is happening in government regarding education and education reform. Most importantly, you can access easy ways of getting involved and helping to let those who represent us know how we feel and what we want. I encourage you to check out “Groundswell” under the “Advocacy” link at nafme.org
. You’ll be glad that you did.
Finally, I hope that you enjoy the new approach to our journal that Editor Joe Shively and our new Editorial Board are working hard to produce. I know that everyone will find something to help start the new year in this issue.
Best Wishes for a WONDERFUL 2011-2012 School Year! n
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