Micro-Credentials Available at the Conference!

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NAfME is excited to offer these micro-credentials at the 2017 National In-Service Conference. Click the bold, red, micro-credential title for further details.


This year’s advocacy micro-credential will focus on what you can do as a music educator to create a realistic and useful advocacy plan for your school and community. Featured sessions include handy tools you can use to create that action plan, as well as the time to learn from others engaged in high-quality local advocacy.


Join music educators engaged in student composition, and learn how composition can be a key component of every music education classroom! Designed for the music supervisor or teacher interested in composition, this strand shows how composition can be a useful tool and strategy regardless of the age or performing background of your students.

Standards and Assessment

Join your colleagues to learn how they’re making the Standards come alive in their classrooms—and capturing useful data on student learning through meaningful assessment practices. This micro-credential begins with a 3-hour workshop with NAfME President Denese Odegaard sharing her tried-and-true strategies for designing curriculum based on the 2014 Music Standards, including easy ways to unpack the new Standards. Additional sessions look at a variety of assessment practices and how to make assessment work for you and your students, including in ensemble settings.

Teacher Evaluation

Learn how your peers are approaching the new world of teacher evaluation through useful tools and strategies, ranging from music-friendly student learning objectives (SLOs) to engaging observation practices. This credential will include a study of NAfME’s Building and Evaluating Effective Music Education workbooks, recently updated to reflect the new 2014 Music Standards.


How Micro-Credentialing Works

What it is

A credential provides an opportunity for you to showcase your participation in an in-depth learning experience. You can promote the credential as part of your resume and in your annual evaluation with your administrator or supervisor.

NAfME will provide you both with a PDF certificate naming the credential and, by early 2018, with a virtual “credential” attached to your membership information through our soon-to-be announced new online community.

How it works at the 2017 National In-Service Conference

  1. Participants attend in-depth training in a topic area. This can be in-depth workshops or a suite of sessions around a similar topic. Additional readings and/or online resources may also be required. Each credential will require between 10–12 hours of learning, usually a combination of conference sessions and online resources.
  2. Participants take an assessment—a brief multiple-choice test—to show that they have retained content covered by the in-depth training and readings. In addition, they submit a brief action plan to demonstrate that they have thought about how to put their learning into action via the plan submission.
  3. Upon successful completion of the assessment and acceptance of the action plan, participants are issued the credential. As noted above, this will be a PDF certificate currently, moving to virtual credentialing through our forthcoming new online community.

How you can participate

  1. Sign up here to signal your interest and to receive updated information about your topic’s credential.
  2. Participate for the post-training assessment. NAfME will email the link to the assessment and action plan based on the information you provide on the sign-up form. Participation will cost $25, which includes a one-year subscription to NAfME Academy.
  3. By January 31, 2018, successful participants will receive a virtual micro-credential badge attached to their membership through NAfME’s soon-to-be announced new online community. This badge can be included in your LinkedIn profile or other online resume resources to showcase your learning.

Questions? Contact JJ Norman at JohnN@nafme.org.