2020-21 Year in Review

CCSESA Arts and Partners have had a productive year. Below are highlights of some of the virtual professional learning offerings we offered in 2020-21.  Many thanks to those who participated in these events/offerings and provided their expertise and insights.

What Sweeter Music: Arts and Social Emotional Learning in Harmony!

CCSESA Arts partnered with Create CA on September 16, 2020, to host an interactive meeting and shared rational, classroom practices and resources for the Arts and Social Emotional Learning, What Sweeter Music: Arts and Social Emotional Learning in Harmony!

Featured Headliner:
Aaron Bryan, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Presenters included:
Mariana Astorga- Almanza, Create CA Leadership and Lynwood Unified School District
Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative
Michael Gutierrez, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District (Fresno County)
Tony Sanders, Big Picture Educational Academy (Fresno County).

Creative Action Planning: Mapping A Response in Light of Current Challenges

In September we hosted a 2-day training on arts education planning. Participants were introduced to highly effective ways of collaboration to address trends and engaged in meaningful dialogue that led to concrete actions and priorities. The online training allowed participants to further develop their leadership and facilitation skills to be used into all aspects of their work.

Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies
Kimberleigh Aarn, California Alliance for Arts Education

CCSEAS Rural Arts Network (CRAN)

In September 2020, the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative announced the formation of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN). Built on the success of the 2019-20 Rural County Arts Cohort, comprised of eight county offices of education (Amador, Butte, Humboldt, Mono Imperial, Mariposa, Nevada, and Tulare). Leaders from county offices of education who primarily serve rural communities and/or have interest in learning more about the rural context were invited to attend and share their voice to expand the field’s understanding of the specific strengths and challenges of our rural areas in order to offer equitable, accessible arts education for students in Grades Pre-K through12.

The inaugural year kicked off in September 2020 and subsequently, we held virtual monthly meetings (September 2020-May 2021). Rural leaders and guests shared emerging and best practices they are using to build momentum for arts education. Participants heard from county office leaders who are implementing their strategic arts plans and engaged in powerful learning that was focused on arts integration. Participants were also inspired by compelling stories of how rural communities are building capacity for arts education and participated in multiple discussions that will help guide next steps in furthering arts education in California’s rural communities.

Meeting hosts:
Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative;
Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies;
Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education; and
Stacy Young, Humboldt County Office of Education

Highlights included:
– Diving into CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Module 21: Creativity and Collaboration in Rural Communities developed by Tulare County Office of Education and Module 5: A.C.T.O.S. Arts integration: Culturally Responsive Arts Learning Across the Curriculum Tied to Common Core (Grades K-8)  developed by the Monterey County Office of Education
– Rural Definitions – Census vs. NCES
– Partnerships
– Funding
– Strategic Planning and
– Networking

Guest Presenters included:
Cara Goger, Mariposa Arts Council
Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Emiliano Valdez, Monterey County Office of Education
Louisa Higgins, Riverside County Office of Education
Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education
Debbie Yarrow, Creative Sonoma
Karen McGahey, Sonoma County Office of Education

CRAN will become a featured component in our Regional and County Arts Leads meetings in 2021-22.

Local Advocacy Webinar Series: Rural Arts Education Strategies

On October 22, 2020, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative partnered with the California Alliance for Arts Education who hosted a webinar, Rural Arts Education Strategies, as part of a Local Advocacy Webinar Series. Participants heard from a panel of experts who have created tailored approaches for the specific challenges rural communities face.

Presenters included:
Dionna Fletcher, Arts Education Professional
Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies
Tim Taylor, Small District Schools Association
Queana Givens-Jarvis, Imperial County Office of Education
Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education
Brian Buckley, Nevada County Arts Council

The Art of Everything Leadership Conversations
CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative partnered with CREATE CA to sponsor a five-part Leadership Series focused on the book The Art of Everything: Leading for “We” in the Age of “Me” written by Dr. Gary Waddell. The Art of Everything Leadership Conversations is intended for aspiring, emerging, and experienced leaders to come together in conversation and community around the key leadership concepts in the book.

Through the interactive series, participants focused on key elements of artful leadership and explored with the author, guest presenters, guest arts hosts, the key concepts of artistry, equity, empathic design, strategy, and humility as important elements of equitable and creative leadership that can impact positive change. Course credit was available through CSU San Marcos. Sessions were held on the third Friday of each month, January through May 2021.

Guest Presenters:
Seitu Jemel Hart, CEO, Careers in Entertainment
Janice E. Jackson, Ed.D., Independent Education Consultant
– Cherie Hill, Choreographer, Dance Educator, and Arts Administrator
Rebecca Vyduna, Academic Program Professional and President, San Francisco Board of Education

Guest Arts Host/Facilitators:
Dionna Ndlovu, Performance Artist & Arts Education Professional
Gabriela Lopez, M.Ed.
Dairrick ‘Khalil Bleux’ Hodges, Artist, Activist, and Educator
Héctor Márquez, Arts Educator

The last session featured a panel with these leaders:
Collette Williams Alleyne, Inner-City Arts;
Scott Fitzpatrick, Orange County Department of Education
Jeannine Flores, Los Angeles County Office of Education

We also heard reflections from the following educators:
Amanda Chiado, San Benito Arts Council and
Yuko Wenzel, Hoopa Valley Elementary School

Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times: A National Dialogue

On February 5, 2021, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and the California Alliance for Arts Education co-presented a rural arts education webinar, Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times: A National Dialogue. Participants engaged and learned strategic mapping interactive processes created by Americans for the Arts and networked with other leaders from across the country to and gained a greater understanding of the rural context by engaging in a national conversation.

National and State experts included:
Dr. Lisa DonovanMassachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Erica BarretoMassachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Peggy BurtMindful Strategies
Dr. Adelaide Kuehn, California Alliance for Arts Education
Héctor MárquezPulse Arts, Inc.

Why Art? Harnessing the Power of Arts Education Research

On March 12, 2021 CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative joined forces with the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), CREATE CA, and CSU San Marcos – Art=Opportunity in hosting a free webinar Why Art? Harnessing the Power of Arts Education Research featuring key education research and advocacy resources. Participants learned about current research that supports arts education and how to increase public will for the arts education, interacted with arts advocates in breakout groups and heard compelling stories from student alumni of the CSSSA.

Presenters included: 
Dr. Merryl Goldberg, CSU San Marcos/ ART=OPPORTUNITY
Dr. Laura Smyth, Arts Education Consultant
Dr. Adelaide Kuehn, California Alliance for Arts Education
Nancy Meza, Escondido Elementary School District
CSSSA Alumni: Jessica, Kim, Paul, and Yvette

Hats off to all the regional and county offerings that also provided spaces for educators to network, learn professionally, and connect on a variety of key topics. 

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