"The Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation Progress" Educational Webinar Series Is Now Available

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal education law that was enacted in 2015 defines music as part of a “well-rounded education.” Implementation of the law and distribution of funds is scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year, and to get ready to submit their plans state education entities are collecting information from their community members. This is where you come in! State education associations are holding “listening tours” across the U.S. in town hall-style meetings and/or they are accepting input by email or via web-based surveys. Action is needed now to ensure that every student in your state benefits from new opportunities in music education under Title I and Title IV funding.

NAMM has partnered with Americans for the Arts to connect NAMM Members with arts advocacy organizations in their states and to educate them about the definition of a “well-rounded education” that now includes music and the arts. This is an exciting chapter of education in America, but you must make your voice heard!

The AFTA team has been traveling the country to work with music and arts advocacy leaders and NAMM Members from several states to find out what connections have already been made and how NAMM and AFTA can help. As a result of these fact-finding tours, AFTA has created a three-part series on ESSA's implementation progress that covers how to:

  • Form a team to promote music and arts as part of a “well-rounded education”
  • Draft an “ask” document to gain support for music and the arts from decision makers
  • Incorporate music and arts into new state accountability systems

Whether you are a new or an experienced advocate, this is a great place to start as you ramp up your music education advocacy activities in your state. Please enjoy these webinars and share with your network.  Find out how to access the webinars using these instructions, and read a note from Jeff Poulin