Music Ed Mentor Podcast #74: Planning for Next School Year—Pandemic or Not

planning for next year

This week’s episode recaps a webinar I recently hosted that wasn’t really a webinar at all! Not a lesson, not a lecture—it was a work session. I brought on my friend and colleague Jessica Peresta to help walk us through exactly how to plan for next school year—no matter what the situation will be.

One of the biggest struggles right now is dealing with the anxiety and fear around what the next school year might look like. Will you have to implement social distancing? Will you be entirely online? Will things be back to normal, but hopefully a lot cleaner? The key to feeling secure is having a secure plan.

It’s my belief that by having a plan to submit to your admin, you are demonstrating initiative which can be a great tool for advocating for your music program, showing exactly how prepared you are to comply with whatever mandates you are given in support of your students. We will cover contingency plans for every situation you might be faced with next year so you can go back to teaching with ultimate confidence.

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Topics Covered:

  • How to connect, reconnect, and renew relationships with students
  • Strategies for continued online learning
  • Ideas for how to adapt lessons to comply with social distancing measures
  • Mapping curriculum for various scenarios for the next school year
  • Ways for teachers to collaborate

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Elisa Janson Jones

An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design.

Elisa uses her vast and diverse skill set to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is an internationally-recognized speaker, and has presented at national, state, and local conferences as well. She is the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the Society for Online Music Education, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive and The Music Booster Manual.

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