The Emerging Leaders program is an FMEA initiative that provides guidance and support to outstanding music educators who demonstrate exemplary teaching, as well as the potential and propensity for professional leadership. Teachers selected for participation in this program participate in a variety of leadership development opportunities to enhance and utilize their abilities in all aspects of music education.
Initiated in 2010, the program has served approximately 100 promising future education leaders. Each FMEA Emerging Leader is paired with an FMEA music educator/leader who serves as a mentor. Dr. Mary Palmer, Professor Emerita, University of Central Florida, and former Dean of the UCF College of Education, serves as Director of this program. Building skills for school-based, regional, state, and national leadership is the focus of this program. Developing advocacy skills to promote music and arts education is a central component to the program. Assisting in the development of presentation skills is emphasized and exercised through the Round Robin to Knowledge session offered by Emerging Leaders as part of the annual FMEA Conference. Networking and building relationships with state and national leaders in music education also is emphasized.
Emerging leaders are nominated and selected for participation in this program. They are successful music teachers, teaching at all levels of instruction and in all forms of music education. These teachers have been identified as emergent leaders with the potential for expanded leadership for music education. Mentors are invited or may self-nominate for service. Please submit online here or email to Dr. Mary Palmer at MPalmerAssoc@aol.com.
There are three main leadership development opportunities within this program:
Nominations are due by April 18, 2018