February 7, 2021   
Dear PMEA colleagues and PCMEA members:  
Welcome to the winter/spring edition of For the Good of the Order brought to you by the
PMEA State Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention
(Council TTRR), supporting "the life cycle of a music educator."
For future e-bulletins, you are encouraged to share any new ideas or proposals, organizational solutions, and policy or procedural reminders "for the good of the order." Please send your submissions to paulkfox.usc@gmail.com.  
PMEA Educator Ethics Webinar
"Going Beyond Our Code of Conduct"
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 p.m.
You are all cordially invited to sign-up for Part 2 of "Collaborative Webinars on Teacher Ethics" presented by Paul K. Fox, Chair of the PMEA State Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention.
Educators make thousands of decisions every day relying on their education, experience, professionalism, and moral aspirations - "the codes" to which we all willingly subscribe. Ethics "cements" the beliefs for which we stand, the values and behavior we model in the daily choices to "make a difference" in the lives our students, our community, and the overall integrity of the profession.

This one-hour workshop will introduce the NASDTEC Model Code of Ethics for Educators and bring back the PMEA "Mock Ethics Jury," a peer review of ethical misconduct case studies. Additional areas to be touched on include the following:
  • Understanding the meaning of "ethical equilibrium"
  • Comparisons: Codes of Conduct vs. Codes of Ethics
  • Music teacher decision-making involving issues of pedagogy, enforcement, resource allocation, relationships, and diversity
  • Sample entrenched teacher attitudes
Act 48 hours will be available upon completion of two forms following the webinar. For more information or to register for this event, go to the PMEA Webinar page.
Mandatory PDE Ethics Training Is A'Coming...
Here is a brief timeline - the history of the soon-to-be-adopted PA Department of Education ethical training requirements:
  • 1949: Public School Code established by the General Assembly (with many amendments over the years) including Causes for Termination of Contracts ("immorality, incompetency, unsatisfactory teaching performance, intemperance, cruelty, and persistent negligence in the performance of duties") and Prohibited Criminal Convictions for Educators
  • 1973: the PA Professional Standards & Practices Commission (PSPC) was established and drafted the Teacher Certification Regulations (Chapter 49)
  • 1992: PSPC completed writing of the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practices and Conduct for Educators (CPPC) 
  • 2012: Public School Code of 1949 was amended by Act 126 to include "Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training"
  • 2014: Educator Discipline Act added Section 9a "mandatory reporting" of school entity/educators for "sexual abuse or exploitation" in 23 PaC.S. 6303 and 6313 (relating to child protective services) and Section 9c "sexual misconduct" violations of CPPC
  • 2016: PSPC endorsed the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) developed under the leadership of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
  • December 19, 2020: PSPC proposed revisions to Chapter 49 submitted to State Board of Education regarding inclusion of professional ethics in educator preparation programs, induction, and continuing professional education.
"Growing" Anticipation of CRESCENDO 2021 
The launch of the PMEA online state mini conference for students
Coming soon... something new from PMEA!

CRESCENDO will be held in conjunction with the PMEA Virtual Spring Conference on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Open to students from grades 8 through 12 who are recommended by their PMEA directors, the all-day event will feature a series of keynote speakers, masterclasses, college readiness and music career workshops, and a wide variety of breakout sessions. There will be a $10 registration fee.

More details on clinicians and sessions will be shared as soon as they become available.

Sneak Preview: Journal of Research in Music Education
Sample articles from the January 2021, Volume 68, Number 4 issue
  • Remote Learning in School Bands During the COVID-19 Shutdown by Philip M. Hash
  • Multi-Level Models of the Relationship Between Music Achievement and Reading and Math Achievement by Martin J. Bergee and Kevin M. Weingarten
  • The Impact of Music Practice Instruction on Middle School Band Students' Independent Practice Behaviors by Stephanie Prichard
  • Examining Relationships Among Concert Band Directors' Efficacious Sources, Self-Efficacy for Teacher Strategies, and Effective Teaching Skills by Bradley J. Regier
  • Cooperating Music Teachers' Opinions Regarding the Importance of Selected Traits, Behaviors, and Skills as Predictors of Successful Student Teaching Experiences by Philip B. Edelman
  • Effects of Two Approaches to Rhythmic Dictation by Nathan O. Buonviri
  • Effects of Dark and Bright Timbral Instructions on the Production of Pitch and Timbre by D. Gregory Springer, Amanda L. Schlegel, and Andrew J. Lewis
PMEA members can subscribe to these journals here.

Keeping Up with Trends and More

Explore these innovations in thought, media, and methods:

Equity in Music Education... During the Pandemic and Beyond 
  • by Bryan E. Nichols, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Penn State University
  • NAfME Music Educators Journal, Volume 107, Number 1, September 2020
  • Sample secondary sources: Washington Post and U.S. Department of Education
"When school life does eventually return to more typical in person learning, I suspect we will not have to dig deep in the literature to come up with narratives highlighting gross in equity in education. The stories are now ubiquitous, and many of my students will have observed and live them firsthand. What I fear, however, is that come 2021, I will find myself once again lecturing about how the gap in broadband Internet access still persists instead of recalling how our federal government seized the moment to direct funds to build out digital infrastructure to those lacking it. If we are serious about realizing educational equity in this country and embracing expanding the inclusion of curricular music for rural and urban populations, the time for music teachers to advocate is now."     - Bryan E. Nichols


"In the United States, current approaches to helping teachers engage in ongoing skill development, and equitably reward teachers with particular skill sets aligned with advanced career opportunities, are often woefully ineffective - and sometimes even nonexistent. Micro-credentials are a recent addition to the mix of potential solutions to these issues. Like many buzzwords in education, this term has been used to describe a variety of different activities related to the recruitment, development, and retention of educators... to help educators in education decision-makers at all levels make choices that will meet educators' needs, and even more importantly, the needs of the students they serve." - New America

Opportunity Framework for Career Pathway Programs

"...Support for career and technical education has waxed and waned for generations. What is new, however, is the depth of the recent research into the social and psychological dimensions of work-place readiness. In the past, career educators tended to assume that once students become competent and qualified to work in auto mechanics, culinary arts, or any other field, they would have no problem finding a job. However, success in the workforce depends on more than technical skills and content (what I call habits of mind). Equally important is social capital, or the capacity to navigate relationships (what I call habits of association). According to a growing body of evidence, the old adage had it right: what you know is only as important as who you know (and how you get along with them)." - Bruno V. Manno


Please stay safe and healthy! Let us know if PMEA or the Council TTRR can answer any questions or offer you assistance!  
Musically yours, 
Paul K. Fox, Chair
PMEA State Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention  
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