About Creativity at the Core

OUR GOAL:  To make visible and accessible paths to 21st Century learning for California’s diverse learners through a focus on powerful arts teaching and learning that builds on and supports learning in the Common Core.

Welcome to an exciting new statewide program, Creativity at the Core. Here you will find professional learning modules focused on many key topics that support arts learning and Common Core Standards. You will see how regional teams including Regional Arts Leads from across California and key Arts Organization Partners collaborated on professional learning materials we hope you will be able to use in your own educational and arts settings.

Most of us know the many benefits of arts education and creativity in the classroom. Perhaps one of the most important benefits is that creative learning cultivates deeper learning and builds multiple kinds of literacy including reasoning, imagining, problem solving, dexterity and many unique forms of expression. The visual and performing arts provide us many lenses to view history, culture, and the world around us. We know that the creative work force is looking for innovative leaders to solve complex problems. As we explore how creativity connects with arts learning, Common Core standards, and other curricular areas, we acknowledge the value of arts learning both as courses of study as defined by our state Ed Code, but also as vital subjects that connect across the curriculum — opening up many interdisciplinary opportunities for connections, relationships, and applications. To view valuable videos on Creativity produced by the Americans for the Arts, click here.

Our Sponsors:

  • The California Arts Council
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Our Partners:

  • The California Department of Education (CDE)
  • CREATE CA
  • The California Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE)
  • Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee  (CISC) Visual and Performing Arts Chairs

Dr. Gary Wadell, Deputy Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education
Lisa Tiwater, Assistant Superintendent, Stanislaus County Office of Education.

Stanilasus County Office of Education

Creativity at the Core Leadership Advisory Members:

  • Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA
  • Fred Dobb, Consultant
  • Teresa Lenihan, Loyola Marymount University
  • Mary Rice, CDE
  • Carrie Roberts, CDE
  • Francisca Sánchez, Consultant
  • Patty Taylor, Consultant


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