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Proficiencies in Education

Proficiencies in Education

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Professional Development PlanIn order to develop a good professional development plan, it helps to take stock of my previousaccomplishments and assess my strengths and weaknesses. These assessments will enableWalden University to place me with a mentor suitable for me. In addition, looking at theaccomplishments at the same time will enable me to realize what areas I need to focus on inorder to succeed in the doctoral program. With this in mind, I would like to address coursework in the Social and behavioral science. I have not had any coursework in the social nor the behavioral sciences. I am aware that had I had previous experience in these areas, it might havehelped me with my dissertation since societal issues is a major portion of the dissertation.As far as academic coursework in other fields, I have extensive training in music and musiceducation since this is my field of teaching. In addition to the coursework I accumulated in myundergraduate studies, I did training at the graduate level also leading me to my first Mastersdegree; MA in music education. Within this degree, I had numerous courses in music theory, problem solving in the music classroom and modern movement in the arts. I focused the better of my graduate time focusing on the study of opera, mainly opera of the Renaissance andBaroque time periods. I also had courses in counseling theories and techniques of interviewingand counseling. I was at one time planning to pursue a degree in student counseling, but insteaddecided to focus on educational leadership.I have much training in academic coursework relating to Supervision and Administration sincethis is the area of my second master’s degree (M.Ed). Within this degree, I had courses in
 
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curriculum development, school finance, school law, cultural foundations in education,Computer applications in educational administration, administration in the elementary schooland introduction to research and educational statistics.I have had some experience with professional presentations, seminars and workshops. Withinmy school, during one of our professional development days, I did a presentation to other teachers on the use of music in other subjects, mainly science and mathematics. I also did aworkshop for the entire music faculty within my district on using music to enhance memorywithin other academic courses. In 1997 I did a presentation to the New Jersey SymphonyOrchestra by supplying lesson plans for public schools that were designed to teach the music thatwas being performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1997.I have had many volunteer activities, some which are related to my field and some which arenot. My major volunteer activity is the church choir and tenor leader. I have been involved inchurch choir for almost 15 years in three different parishes. I also am a member of the Holy MenSociety and the Knights Of Columbus. Both organizations are deeply involved in charityactivities. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, we would hold many charitable activitiesto raise money for various venues. Our biggest activity is the pancake breakfast which we hold 4times a year. In addition, we have flower sales, and sales of gift coupons to a local supermarket.In 1989, when I taught in the South Bronx, New York City, I participated as a member of therestructuring committee creating a “Musical Styles” curriculum of fifty-seven lesson plans infive units to be used in Intermediate and Senior High Schools throughout District seven.
 
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I had the opportunity to experience designing and executing research. In 1996, I was awardedthe Arts Genesis Grant, funded by HUD (Housing and Urban Development). With this award, Iresearched the rhythmic ability between African-American and Hispanic students in grades one,two, and three. I then reported my research in an article that is published by our district in their monthly newsletter.I also experienced designing and executing research in 1997 when I was honored the NewJersey Symphony Master Teacher’s Collaborative award (Funded by the Geraldine R. DodgeFoundation). The purpose of this award was to allow the teachers that were chosen throughoutthe state to work with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in preparing lesson plans thatteachers can use in the classroom relating to the music of the season that the NJSO was performing. There were 12 teachers chosen amongst hundreds across the state. These lesson plans were discussed with the orchestra and then submitted in a book format and disseminated toall music teachers throughout the state of New Jersey.Another volunteer activity I was associated with was being appointed conductor andcoordinator of the 1995 and 1996 All City Orchestra. This was a huge undertaking but was veryrewarding at the end when we performed in front of hundreds of friends and family throughoutJersey City.Being a member of the Pupil Assistance Committee was a rewarding volunteer activity. ThePAC’s purpose was the responsibility for the assistance of staff members in designing,coordinating, and monitoring with the peers intervention strategies that are effective for studentswithin traditional classroom setting prior to referral to the Child Study Team. Each student thatwas PACed was given a work plan that lasted 6 to 8 weeks. If no progress was made, then the

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