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December, 15, 2016
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Meeting Room W186


Elizabeth Sokolowski

Elizabeth Sokolowski
Johanna J. Siebert

Johanna J. Siebert

The Two Sides of the Recruitment and Retention Coin: Proactive Strategies for Sustaining Teachers and Students in Music Education

Clinic Synopsis:

Recruitment and retention of high quality music educators is at the core of every great music program. The first portion of our clinic will focus on the reasons for teacher attrition as well as multiple proactive strategies that increase music educator longevity in our school communities. The second segment of the clinic will focus on strategies to implement effective student recruitment efforts, and provide the means to create an actionable retention plan to maximize student involvement.

Elizabeth Sokolowski - Biographical Information

ELIZABETH SOKOLOWSKI is Associate Professor and Division Head of Music Education, and Director of the Summer Music Studies program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, she earned a Masters degree at St. Joseph’s University in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Sokolowski provides professional growth opportunities and leadership training on Current Trends in Music Education, Curriculum Design and Development, and 21st Century Learning, Leading and Creating in Music Education. Her book, Making Musical Meaning: Unlocking the Value of Music Education in the Age of Innovation (GIA Publications, Chicago) is now available.

Johanna J. Siebert - Biographical Information

Dr. Johanna J. Siebert is the recently retired Director of Fine Arts for the Webster Central School District in New York, where she supervised approximately 60 teachers in the music and visual art programs. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Solutions Music Group and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards’  (NCCAS) Music Standards writing team, chair for the Preschool-Grade 2 National Core Music Standards, and past-chair of NAfME’s Music Teacher Evaluation Task Force. Johanna has taught at many levels, including the graduate curriculum seminar at The Eastman School of Music, as guest lecturer at Eastman and Nazareth College of Rochester, and in urban and suburban school districts. She has served on the editorial boards for the national publications Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music, and was named SAANYS Director of the Year for 2015 as well as Outstanding Special Educator for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Johanna is currently part of the revision team for NAfME’s Teacher Evaluation Workbook series and contributor to The College Board’s music learning modules. She presents regularly at state and national conferences on the topics of the National Core Arts Standards, artistic literacy, assessment, effective evaluation practices for arts teachers, and action research in school arts programs.