Visual and Performing Arts & the Common Core Resources

Mary Rice, Education Programs Consultant
VAPA California Department of Education

Literacy, History and Arts Leadership Office

January 2016

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Concept of Creative Schools Taking Hold in California

January 23, 2016

STEAM Is Here – To Get into Schools Will Take a litter longer
November 2015–to-get-it_b_8382234.html

Common Core Quick-Start:  How the Arts Intersect with the Common Core State Standards
January 2013  miller.aspx?utm_source=ascdexpress&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=express80 8


Art and the Common Core
This is a very good webinar on how arts can connect with common core standards in authentic ways and has sample lesson plans.

Arts Education/ Common Core: What are the Possibilities for the Arts? Webinar, Julie Fry, Hewlett Foundation and Richard Kessler, The Center for Arts Education  nt=true&pbMode=normal

The Common Core State Standards and Its Implications for the Arts, AEP, CCSSO, CTSDE, NEA Webinar
Dec. 2012


Arts Education Partnership, (USDE) Website for Common Core and the Arts Resources

The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project
This site provides an Art Guide and highlights K-12 texts where ELA instruction could be enhanced by connecting a genre or particular text, or a theme of a unit, to works of art, music, or film. A suggestion, for example, is that students study self-portraiture when they are working on memoirs. Students might compare a novel, story, or play to its film or musical rendition. Where a particular period of literature or the literature of a particular region or country is addressed, works of art from that period or country may also be examined. In each case, connections are made to the standards in the CCSS themselves

Edutopia – Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

Arts Activities Leverage Memory and Address Students’ Learning Needs

Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

School Transformation Through Arts Integration
August 29, 2012, Newsletter

Pinterest – Common Core and the Arts:

Arts Integration, Kennedy Center:  integration-beta.aspx


This is a series of blog articles which discuss and provide resources for the Arts and Common Core Standards. The contributors are mostly all well-known experts in the field. The following links are a sampling of topics on the arts and common core.

Common Core Architect Adds to Blog Salon Discussion
Posted by David Coleman on September – 17 – 2012

How Vincent Van Gogh Can Help Teach Common Core  teach-to-the-common-core-standards


The Arts and Common Core
Guiding Principles for the Arts Grades K-12
David Coleman

School Leadership Role
The seven Guiding Principles for the Arts are intended to guide development of curricula related to common core standards. Connections to literacy and other areas of study are drawn in these principles, informed by David Coleman’s role as a primary writer of the CCSS.

The 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts:

NYSATA – Digital Publication of NY State Art Teachers Association

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) – Quick Reference Chart –
Templates, rubrics and more to help design common core based lessons


California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), Arts Initiative
The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association Arts Initiative believes that the visual and performing arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum and are essential for learning in the 21st century. All California students— from every culture, geographic region and socio-economic level—deserve quality arts learning in dance, music, theatre, and visual/media arts as part of the core curriculum.

Creativity at the Core Professional Learning Modules
Here you will find professional learning modules focused on many key topics that support arts learning and Common Core Standards.

The California Arts Project (TCAP)
The California Arts Project’s central mission is to improve teaching and learning in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Through its statewide and regional leadership and professional development centers, The California Arts Project, TCAP, serves as a learning community of educators, Pre K- through University, with a focus on teacher as teacher, teacher as learner, teacher as leader, and teacher as artist.

Content Literacy for Technical Subjects, Professional Learning Module On My Digital Chalkboard Website
This module is designed to introduce educators to the intent and instructional implications of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy) and how the standards impact instruction and learning in the technical subjects (which include VAPA). Information and activities within the module support educators in integrating literacy instruction into technical subject content to support the learning of all students.  Id=505198&sciId=13658

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