Introducing Beth Megill – Get to know your new Co-President.
California Dance Credential – Exciting times in California. Here is how you can help.
New Board Members – Meet the latest additions to the CDEA leadership community.
NDEO National Conference – Are you planning to attend the conference this October in Miami?
New Additions to the CDEA Board
Co-President – Beth Megill (So Cal)
Treasurer – Amber McCall (Nor Cal)
Secretary – Bonnie Lavin (So Cal)
Existing Board Members: Danae Rees (Co-President) and Ted Warburton (Past President)
Greater Board Members:
Liaison Dance Arts/Organizations – Jochelle Perena
Liaison Secondary Ed (NCA) – Melissa Bramham
Liaison Secondary Ed (SCA) – Kristy Greenway-August
Liaison Elementary/Middle Ed – Ashlie Kirby
Member Relations – Ginger Fox
E-communications – Ally Voye
NHSDA Rep – Typhani Harris
NHSDA Rep – Avilee Goodwin
California Dance Credential News!
Call for Letters of Support! Due Sept 15th
by Shana Habel
We are asking for your help once again in submitting letters of support to Linda Darling- Hammond, chairperson of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The commission will meet for a third time on September 26th to consider the recommendations of their Teacher Advisory Panel, one of which is the restoration of dance and theatre credentials. There is support on the commission for the credentials.
State leadership working on this issue feels that this is our best strategy for this last commission hearing. It is important that we gather a large volume of letters, as that is what moves the “dial.” In this case, it is unlikely letters will be read in detail but rather will simply be “counted.”
Given this reality, all four arts education organizations in the state (CDEA, CETA, CMEA, and CAEA) we have drafted a template you can use to support the cause. Email with your interest and we will send you a eCopy of the letter Template. Please fill in the template with your name and affiliation (CDEA, school, and/or school district). Copy the letter onto letterhead from your institution if you can.
Return the letter to me via email NO LATER than September 15th. At that time, I will send our letters to Jack Mitchell at the CA Department of Education, and he will deliver them to the CTC prior the hearing. My email address is: email@example.com.
We need you, and thank you for lending your support once again in this critical moment.
Letter from your Northern California Co-President
by Danae Rees
Dear CDEA Members,
With summer behind us, I know we’re all gearing up for the new school year as fall begins. Some of you may be back into the full swing of things and others are just getting started. Either way, the Fall always brings new ideas and new energy to the new year of teaching.
CDEA is no exception to this phenomenon. The summers elections brings on new executive board members to fill vacant positions on the executive team and invigorate the work of CDEA with their energy and enthusiasm. We have been in full swing over the last few weeks of the summer getting everyone up to speed and in full-swing of current issues that CDEA has been working on already this year.
I would like to welcome Beth Megill as Co-President, Bonnie Lavin as Secretary and Amber McCall as Treasurer. All three bring their unique experiences from their work in the field to invigorate the mission and goals of the organization and help CDEA to support our membership and dance education at large.
We are also saying a fond farewell to Wendy Hassenpflug who has stepped down from her role as Treasurer/Secretary to tackle her new adventure as studio owner of Vayu Yoga. Wendy has been instrumental in helping to keep the organization running while we acquired a full board and took on much to assist the process, and take over duties during my maternity leave, whilst getting her business up and running. We thank you for all that you have done for the organization and wish you every success.
As an organization we are constantly evaluating what our membership needs in order to feel supported, and will continue to work on building our Greater Board to help facilitate the many aspects of our work. At this time I also would like to welcome the following members onto our Greater Board:
- E-Communications Director: Ally Voye (So Cal)
- Member Relations Director: Ginger Fox (So Cal)
- Liaison Dance/Arts Organizations: Jochelle Perena (Nor Cal)
- Liaison Elementary/Middle: Ashlie Kirby (Nor Cal)
- Liaison Secondary Education: Kristy Greenway-August (So Cal)
- Liaison Secondary Education: Melissa Bramham (Nor Cal)
They join Avilee Godwin (NorCal) and Typhani Harris (SoCal) who have been working as our National Honors Society Representatives.
Outlined in my first Co-President message, CDEA needs to be representative of the broader fields within dance education and the issues that are relevant to each. While we had already started with this work, expanding the CDEA Board has been central to being able to continue on this path.
We are also working to strengthen our communications (look out for new eblasts, California Dance Educator forum and streamlined email communications) with our members, and continue to work on establishing regional chapters run by members, that allows us to stay current with what is important and current in Dance Education across California.
My new Co-President writes in our September newsletter on her vision of “Coming Together” and outlining her goals as she steps on to the Executive team. You will also see an update on the California Dance Teacher Credential and the NDEO Annual Conference in Miami.
Wishing you all a fantastic start to the new teaching year with a stronger CDEA behind you to promote and support the work of our members.
New CDEA Co-President On Coming Together
Tap, tap, tap. . . Is this thing on?
by Beth Megill
And, who is this mad woman behind the microphone (and apparently wearing tap shoes)? Ah, yes. That would be me, your new co-president of CDEA! (And, can I give a shout out to my friends in So Cal! Holla!)
I wrote a draft of this letter in a very formal way … and as suspected it turned out to be VERY boring as well. So, here I am being me, as I am. The believer in dance. The warrior for dance arts. The hopeful, the proud, the silly, the relentless: Beth Megill.
If you really want to know about my credentials you can google me, but the basics are such. I teach dance full-time at Moorpark College. I have a small regional dance company called Megill & Company. I wrote an adoptable online Dance Appreciation course. I write a blog called Musings by a Dancing Poetess, and I am a motif notation nerd. Most importantly, when it comes to dance, I mean business.
These times are tough, crazy tough! And, I wonder how are we going to make it through!?!
Well … the only viable answer is: We make it through together.
I envision CDEA as a thriving forum through which we connect deeply as a community, inspire each other as colleagues, and unify our efforts for state wide changes in dance arts education. But, to do this we have to communicate efficiently and effectively. We get so caught up in our individual projects that we forget to share our concerns, suggestions, questions and successes. In the short run it feels like we are saving time (“I can’t … I have rehearsal”). But, in the long run, we are drying up as individuals, and, I believe, we are now paying the toll for our isolationism.
When we change our ways as individuals and as a community, we will inspire each other to greater success across the state. When we do come together to share stories, to discuss the issues, and to commune as friends, something shifts, not only in ourselves, but in the dance world as a whole. We resonate on a much larger scale. Better communication is our first step to promoting dance in all levels of education. To be successful, we must be successful together. Together we can re-envision and redefine our identity, self efficacy, policy, funding, and accountability. It is time for us to provide evidence of our value, and not just in the lives of those we teach but beyond the walls of a dance room. If we cannot effectively describe our value to the state, we have lost.
We advocate for dance everyday, in the classroom, on the stage, in rehearsal, in a meeting, in our discussions, in our writing, in our research, with our friends, with our families, on Twitter, and on Facebook. How we speak about dance, how we prioritize dance in our lives, how we allocate our time, how we model our artistry, all of that speaks to the importance of dance. And, now it is time for us come together and make the changes we want to see in dance education.
Therefore, my number one priority as co-president is to foster healthy communication and alliances within the CDEA and beyond. I know you are fighting the fight in your own district, at your own studio, in your hometown. Let’s fight together. The CDEA can support you. I can support you. I confess, I don’t know how it is all going to happen. I don’t know how it is all going to go down. But, I know that I am committed to dance arts and dance education, and will not give up so easily.
Stamp, Stamp, Stamp, Stomp!