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THE ADVOCATE’S PLAN: SAVING AND BUILDING MUSIC PROGRAMS FOR LIFE  Music In World Cultures, Inc., 1986, 2001 Dr. John L. Benham.

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1 THE ADVOCATE’S PLAN: SAVING AND BUILDING MUSIC PROGRAMS FOR LIFE  Music In World Cultures, Inc., 1986, 2001 Dr. John L. Benham

2 The mission of education is not TEACHING children – it is children LEARNING.

3 caring enough to put the STUDENT first! ADVOCACY IS

4 THE PROCEDURE THE PARENTS THE PROFESSION 3 KEYS TO SUCCESS:

5 Understanding the timeline and process by which decisions are made in a school district 1st KEY - THE PROCEDURE

6 The Community The School Board The Administration The Educational Community All collaborating to focus on student learning THE MODEL DISTRICT

7 Administration & School Board Teachers’ Union Community Excluded Focused on adult-centered issues such as money and power, with little or no community involvement THE TYPICAL DISTRICT

8 Decision Makers: The Law Normal Practice Decision Drivers: Yearly Schedule Adult Priorities Student Issues MAKING DECISIONS

9 Fall: Initial Budget Discussions January: Registration (MS/HS) First Public Awareness Excess Levy Votes Threats vs. Promises (Surveys) March: Pink Slips (Cuts) June: Budget Decision Deadline September: Program Reinstatement DECISION DRIVER: SCHEDULE

10 Get involved in the process Proactive vs. Reactive Involvement Get organized INFLUENCING DECISIONS

11 PROCESS POLITICS! IS “The decision belongs to those who show up!” Dr. Dennis R. Morrow REMEMBER...

12 it does NOT guarantee improvement! REFORM MEANS CHANGE SEEK POSITIVE REFORM

13 An organized Music Coalition is the most effective way for parents to influence the decision-making process in the school district. 2nd KEY - THE PARENTS

14 ORCHESTRA CHOIR BAND GENERAL MUSIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ALL SCHOOLS ALL LEVELS MUSIC TEACHERS MUSIC COMMUNITY THE MUSIC COALITION

15 COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON STATISTICS AND FINANCE PHILOSOPHY AND CURRICULUM TEAMS: THE MUSIC COALITION

16 Recruit/Activate Parent Support Groups Develop & Maintain Mailing Lists Establish Rapid-call Telephone Bank Develop & Publish Music Newsletter Use the press to inform and educate COMMUNICATIONS TEAM:

17 Establish Lines of Communication with Administration Acquire Knowledge of Administrative Proposals Develop & Present Music Proposals Representation at School Board Meetings Recruit, Train, Support, & Elect School Board Members ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON TEAM:

18 Maintain Statistical Data Work with Administrative Liaison to Develop Proposals Manage All Fund-raising Activities & Monies Assist in Development & Presentation of Music Budget STATISTICS & FINANCE TEAM:

19 Assist in Development of District Music Philosophy & Policy Assist in Development of Student-centered Curriculum Present to School Board for Official Adoption as District Policy PHILOSOPHY & CURRICULUM TEAM:

20 Teachers and advocates need to work together for the benefit of the students 3rd KEY - THE PROFESSION

21 ORCHESTRA CHOIRBAND GENERAL MUSIC MUSIC EDUCATION MUSIC TEACHERS

22 CURRICULAR CO-CURRICULAR EXTRA-CURRICULAR MUSIC EDUCATION THE MUSIC CURRICULUM

23 Written, sequential teaching objectives with student outcomes that are... Specific Achievable Measurable System of Assessment MUSIC CURRICULUM

24 In any crisis … identify the issues first! Faculty Issues Curricular Issues Student Participation Issues Economic Issues CRISIS MANAGEMENT

25 Reform Budget Crisis Hidden Agendas Hidden Cuts TARGET THE ISSUES

26 Strategies for the most common school district issue – Full Time Equivalent (FTE) THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

27 Average Student Loads Comparison (Music/non-music) FTE Classification Classes x Students Student Load 1.0 Non-music Classroom Teacher 5 x Music Performance Teacher 5 x Teachers Non-music Classroom Teacher 5 x Replacement Teacher 5 x Replacement Teacher 2 x Teachers FTE Music Teacher = 1.4 Classroom Teacher Music Teacher Financial Value = 1.4 FTE

28 5.2 FTE Cut Projected savings - $156,000 ANNUAL BUDGET MISCALCULATION: $534,000 REVERSE ECONOMICS $378,000 $300,000 $192,000 $1, YEARS ANNUAL STAFF COST INCREASE (000) MUSIC ENROLLMENT REDUCTION (000) $2,129 $2,629

29 Never suggest cuts or compromise! MAKE IMPACT STATEMENTS!

30 Denial Helpless Apathy Advocate WHERE DO YOU STAND?

31 Dr. John L. Benham Music In World Cultures, Inc Bethel Drive St. Paul, MN (USA) Tel: (651) Fax: (651) FOR ASSISTANCE:

32 How To Save Your School Music and Arts Programs - A Handbook for the Arts Advocate... $18.00 US* The Georgia Project: A Status Profile on Arts Education in the State of Georgia...$18.00 US* (*Plus shipping and handling... $5.00 US) Research - The American Music Conference at: RESOURCES:


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