Professional Development Outreach Program

CMEA is piloting a new Professional Development Outreach Program to assist our members with bringing relevant, quality professional development into their own districts. The first year will target only one specific professional development need: Designing Standards-Based Curriculum. A detailed description of the session offered and a list of potential clinicians is below.

We are currently accepting applications for sessions to be held between January and May 2019, but not held during the first weeks of April which surrounds the time of our annual state conference. CMEA members applying for a session may indicate their preference of clinician on the application, however with the understanding that clinician selection is made by CMEA and depends on several criteria, including the availability of the clinician. The applicant agrees to accept whichever clinician CMEA assigns.

The clinician's fee for a half-day (3 hour) PD session is $375. While any district can request a session and pay the $375 fee, CMEA is also offering limited subsidies of up to $300 in order to help defray the cost for districts that are just beginning the process of developing new curriculum. Simply complete the subsidy request section on the application.

You must apply before November 15 and meet all eligibility requirements, including your administrator's approval. It is not required that all teachers in your district are CMEA members to benefit from a session, however the applicant, which will be the primary contact must hold a current CMEA membership. You will be contacted by CMEA's professional development team before the end of November to confirm your workshop details, clinician's information and subsidy award if applicable.

Upon acceptance, the applicant is responsible for coordinating with the assigned clinician for scheduling and further details. Payment for the district's portion of the clinician's fee, in the form of a check made out to CMEA or school purchase order form, must be received by our office no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled session. CMEA will issue payment directly to the clinician the week following the session.

Session Title and Description:

Navigating the National Core Music Standards: Building District Curricula and Classroom Lessons

This session will introduce you to the principles, components, and applications of the National Core Music Standards. We will learn how to formulate district curriculum maps, classroom lessons, assessments, and teacher evaluation using the standards as a basis. We will share ideas and models and ways to lead your district! This session will address pre-12 music teachers in all disciplines.

Participants will be able to:

1. Gain a clear understanding of the principles and components of the National Core Music Standards.

2. Learn approaches to leading curriculum development based on the standards in their school districts.

3. Explore models and ideas from music educators across Connecticut and other states.


Clinicians: One clinician will be assigned per session

Brian Frazier, Stratford Public Schools   Bio

Dr. Dee Hansen, The Hartt School      Bio

Rick Sadlon, Darien Public Schools     Bio

Dr. Kim Yannon, Cheshire Public Schools     Bio