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Information on ESSA meetings from IAAE

Below is an email from Ryan Wise (head of the Iowa Department of Education)  about the January meetings across the state concerning the draft of the Iowa ESSA plan.  The draft will be released on January 6th.  In December, IAAE was invited to a meeting with Dr. Wise to discuss the "well-rounded education" aspects of ESSA and arts education. We hope you can take advantage of these opportunities to represent the arts.
Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

We are gearing up for January information sessions to share Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act draft plan, and I need your help getting the word out. The Department will release the draft plan on Friday, January 6. The statewide public meetings will then run from January 9-19, with a format that is informational – we will present details about the plan, field questions and take input.

The dates and locations of those public meetings are included below. All meetings begin at 5 p.m. We’ll also plan to have a Zoom link for each meeting so that folks may listen remotely.

I appreciate anything you can do to help us spread the word (via email, social media, website, etc.) about the draft plan and information sessions.

Please note that some days have more than one meeting site. See you in January! 

Click continue reading to see the dates of meetings. Some updated dates due to recent weather. Zoom webinar links are included also.

Iowa Band Conductors Forum - Register Now!

The 4th annual forum will be held at the new University of Iowa Voxman Music Building on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, 2017.

The Iowa Band Conductors Forum is a professional development workshop designed for band directors featuring Mike Golemo, Bob Meunier, Ron Johnson, and Mark Heidel, clinicians. The Forum is available to conductors and teachers at all levels including middle/junior high school, high school, and college/university.

Session topics will include rehearsal techniques, repertoire, conducting, and more.

The Forum is offered at no cost to participants, but you are strongly encouraged to register so we can plan the Friday evening meal (complimentary).

The conducting workshop will be limited to 12 conductors, so be sure to indicate your interest on the online registration form.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mark Heidel at
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Find more information online here.

CLINICIANS
Mike Golemo, Iowa State University
Mark Heidel, University of Iowa
Ronald Johnson, University of Northern Iowa
Robert Meunier, Drake University

REGISTRATION
This is a free professional development workshop, but please be sure to register using the online registration form.

There will also be re-licensure credit available. contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding your interest in this credit opportunity.

The forum is made possible by the University of Iowa, Iowa Bandmasters Association and West Music.

Arts Advocacy Day January 25, 2017

Hello Arts Advocates:

I am pleased to announce the 4th annual Arts Advocacy Day will be held at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  There are many new legislators and leadership changes in the 2017 legislature so the need to advocate for arts education is more important than ever.  This year we will be joined by Turnaround Artist John Lloyd Young, Tony Award winning actor from "Jersey Boys".  

The schedule will be similar to past years:   
8:00 a.m.  Orientation for advocates at State Capitol
8:30 a.m.  Attendance at opening of Iowa House (music by Findley Elementary Choir)
9:00 a.m.  Attendance at opening of Iowa Senate (music by Findley Elementary Choir)
9:15- Noon:  Visits to Iowa legislators
Noon: Lunch served at State Capitol:  Awards presentation to Senator Herman Quirmbach and Rep; Greg Forristall.  Performance by student break dancers from Des Moines who performed at the White House this past spring.  Comments from John Lloyd Young.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. :  Visits to assigned legislators (if needed) possible House & Senate Education Committee testimony

You may register by visiting the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education website:
http://www.iowaalliance4artsed.org and click on "Register for Arts Advocacy Day".  

If you know if anyone else who would be interested in being an arts advocate, please pass this information on to them.   

I will sending out final information on Advocacy Day early in January.  

Thank you so much for your support of arts education in Iowa!

Leon Kuehner

IAAE Executive Director

Fall Meeting November 19th in Ames

I hope your fall is going well!  We have our annual Iowa Bandmasters Association fall meeting coming up in Ames on Saturday, November 19, at 3:00 p.m. in the Scheman Building, room 299. 

Russ Kramer
IBA President 

 

Deadline Coming for Conference Performance Intent

You are encouraged to consider submitting a recording to be selected as performing group at the conference. The process of making a recording for the conference can be an important teaching opportunity.

If you are interested in having your band perform, please review the Honor Band Selection Guidelines and download the application form on our website www.bandmasters.org

The Conference Performance intention deadline is December 10, 2016. The recording submission deadline is January 20, 2017.

91st Annual IBA Conference

May 9 - 12, 2018

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309