El Sistema USA Working Groups:
El Sistema USA is thrilled to launch the first year of the El Sistema USA Working Groups, groups designed to gather El Sistema USA leaders and Teaching Artists together both virtually and in-person to discuss critical topics.
What are the Working Groups?
The Working Groups are communities of El Sistema leaders & Teaching Artists bound together by a common interest in a particular topic. The groups provide spaces for open conversation, shared learning, and have the explicit goal of developing toolkits and deliverable takeaways for the field.
Led by facilitators in the field, these groups offer leaders, administrators, and teaching artists the chance to gather online to share resources, hear from external speakers, and challenge each other to solve common problems.
In addition to meeting virtually, the resources, notes, and recordings generated from these groups will be available online for all members. In January, at the National Symposium, each group will have a chance to participate in a Deep Dive to further discuss their topics and goals.
What are the topics of the Working Groups?
The 2019 – 2020 El Sistema USA Working Groups are:
- Equity Centered Pedagogy
- Growing New & Emerging Organizations
- Public School Partnerships
- Engaging High School Students
How can I get involved or join a Working Group?
The El Sistema USA Working Groups are currently open to all staff of El Sistema USA Member organizations. Each group will meet every other month starting in November of 2019 through Zoom Video Conference. In addition, the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium will host a Deep Dive Space for each group to further their conversations in-person.
Are you interested in learning more? Read more about each group below and REGISTER today!
Equity Centered Pedagogy Working Group
In order to promote holistic child development, we need teacher development that provides space to consider social emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, supporting all learners, and striving for musical excellence. The focus of the Equity Centered Pedagogy Working Group will be to curate experiences and conversations centered around this work with the explicit goal of developing conversations, toolkits, and resources to assist teaching artists in El Sistema-inspired programs.
Fall/Winter Meeting Dates:
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT
Thursday January 9, 2019 - 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT
Ben Ede, Longy School of Music of Bard College MAT Program
Cecille Elliot, BRAVO Oregon Youth Orchestras
Christie Gray, Sistema Toronto
Danielle Williams, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's ORCHKIDS
Holly Iniece Shogbesan, Oakland Unified School District
Elaine Sandoval, Researcher
Growing New & Emerging Organizations Working Group
In order to continue to expand the mission of creating social change through music, new and emerging organizations across a national network need administrative support, continued professional development, and mentorship for leaders at the forefront of helping students grow. The purpose of the “Growing New and Emerging Organizations” Working Group will be to lift organizations and visionaries who are new to the field, while creating a space for constructive conversation, potential partnerships, and developing a mission that works for their community.
Fall/Winter Meeting Dates:
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 12:30 - 2:00pm EDT
Tuesday January 7, 2019 - 12:30 - 2:00pm EDT
Norma Nuñez-Ruch, Allentown Symphony Orchestra
Carol Minter, Soundscapes (Newport News, VA)
Lorrie Murray, Bay Area Music Project
Yuki Namata Resnick, Buffalo String Works
Public School Partnerships Working Group
Many El Sistema-inspired organizations have an interest in partnering with their local public school system. Forming an effective partnerships has many considerations including what makes an effective partner, how to scale the partnership, reasons to enter into a partnership, as well as the benefits for both the El Sistema-inspired organization and the public school. This working group will provide a space to discuss the benefits and challenges of public school partnerships. In addition, the group will work towards the explicit goal of working to create a partnership template that can be adapted and used by organizations across the country.
Fall/Winter Meeting Dates:
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT
Friday January 24, 2019 - 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT
Nick Malinowski, Kidznotes
Nick Skinner, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's ORCHKids
Mariesther Alvarez, Boston String Academy
Marielisa Alvarez, Boston String Academy
Brian Wiebe, Horizon Education Alliance
High School Programming Working Group
As El Sistema-inspired organizations grow, more and more organizations are beginning to serve high school aged students. As this trend continues, our field has expressed a need for distinct strategies and effective ways to engage high school students vs. elementary to middle-school aged students. What are the challenges in serving high school students? What are programs doing to prevent attrition of high school students? How can student-leadership and youth voice play a role in engaging high school students? This working group will engage both leaders in and outside the field to discuss the landscape of youth programming for high school students and work towards solving challenges and showcasing best practices.