2021-22 Year in Review

California Arts Education Framework Resources for Implementation

CCSESA Arts Initiative in partnership with the CISC Arts Subcommittee, The California Arts Project (TCAP) and the California Department of Education (CDE) planned and implemented a virtual launch of the California Arts Education Framework on March 1, 2022. The virtual launch featured leaders from each of the arts discipline associations and members of the Arts Education Framework Implementation Leadership Committee. Moderated by professor at CSU San Bernardino, Kathryn Ervin, the virtual launch provided an overview of the Arts Education Framework and how it can be used by educators and partners. 

New resources were added to the California Arts Education Framework web site which included videos from the March 1, 2022, virtual launch of the California Arts Education Framework. One recording includes the entire Arts Education Framework virtual launch. Also featured are three separate video excerpts focused on key content covered during the virtual launch. Included on the Resources page are also infographics and PPTs that educators and partners can use and customize for your professional learning purposes. Click here to explore.

For reference, the hub web site for the CA Arts Education Framework Resources for Implementation is linked here. Look for more resources and professional learning opportunities in the upcoming months! We hope you will continue to envision new learning possibilities for our students as you learn more about the CA Arts Education Framework.

CCSESA Arts Monthly Newsletters 2021-22

A comprehensive summary of efforts to support arts education can be found in the monthly newsletters produced by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative. The newsletters also highlight programs and events offered by county offices of education. Also, the newsletter contains state and federal organizational updates.

County Offices of Education Offerings and Opportunities in 2021-22

Hats off to the many regional and county arts education professional learning opportunities offered by county office leaders across the state. These events and offerings provided spaces for educators to network, learn professionally, and connect on a variety of key topics. See highlights linked below!

  • Regional Highlights (July-August) are linked here.
  • Regional Highlights (September-October) are linked here.
  • Regional Highlights (November-December) are linked here.
  • Regional Highlights (January-February) are linked here.
  • Regional Highlights (March-April-May) are linked here.

LACOE’s Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms 2.0 ELD

Because Media Arts is the newest artform recognized in the California Arts Standards, the Los Angeles County Office of Education launched a new series entitled Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms. In this series, teachers gained confidence and skills to integrate media arts into their classroom. With outstanding partners from PBS Learning Media, Soundtrap by Spotify, and Las Fotos Project, teachers learned about media arts, developed skills, made connections to standards (Arts, ELD, ELA, SEL, and more) and applied them in meaningful ways in their classrooms.

This course featured LACOE’s TEAL’s (Technology Enhanced Arts Learning) online modules and highlighted the CCSESA Creativity at the Core Module 23 made possible through a partnership with CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative. 

Click here to access Module 23.

Supporting English Language Learners through the Arts Webinar

CCSESA Statewide Arts initiative in partnership with the Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, hosted a webinar Supporting English Language Learners Through the Arts on September 22, 2021. 

The recording was also shared throughout the state for those who were unable to attend the event. This interactive webinar included research-based practices, strategies, and systemic supports developed through TEAL (Technology Enhanced Arts Learning) and TELA (Teaching English Learners Through the Arts). These strategies emphasized how the Arts are a vibrant and relevant strategy to nurture English Language Learners.

Webinar Presenters: 

  • Dotti Ysais, Program Director, Center for Distance and Online Learning, LACOE 
  • Arleen Bates, Coordinator, Teaching English Learners through the Arts, LACOE
  • Jeannine Flores, Arts & STEAM Coordinator, LACOE 
  • Peggy Burt, Arts Consultant, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and LACOE 
  • Sarah Anderberg, Director, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative

Click Here To View/Download A Webinar Flyer (PDF)

CABE 2022 Online Student Art Exhibit

The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative served on the CABE planning committee for the statewide CABE 2022 Conference offered by the California Association for Bilingual Education and partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District to coordinate a Student Art Exhibit that was featured virtually on March 30 – April 2, 2022.

View the final student art exhibit linked on YouTube linked here


CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 12 Redesign Completed

CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 12 Leadership in Arts Education was developed by the Los Angeles Office of Education and the Riverside County Office of Education and completed in June 2022.

Module 12 provides education leaders at every level practical skills and tools to establish sustainable arts education programming in schools. The module features an overview of arts education in California and key presentations by leaders focused on topics such as advocacy, culturally responsive arts education, arts integration leadership, partnerships, and creative action planning. Another feature of the module are a series of videos in the section entitled, Take Five for Arts Ed which features educational leaders from across the state of California.

Click here to access Module 12.


CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 20: Arts Instruction and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

The California Arts Standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) professional learning was offered in the Fall of 2021 and was designed for arts educators, multiple subject teachers, school and district administrators, and teaching artists to deepen their understanding of the connections between the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools and UDL in addition to strategies for implementation. This professional learning was offered by Butte, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tulare County Offices of Education as part of the collective work of CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Creativity at the Core Module 20. This 2-hour professional learning was offered virtually three times in fall of 2021.

Click here to access Module 20.


CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 22: California Arts Standards Introduction Professional Learning

The California Arts Standards Introduction professional learning was offered in the fall of 2021 and designed for arts educators, multiple subject teachers, school and district administrators, and teaching artists to deepen their understanding of the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools and explore strategies for implementation. This professional learning was offered by Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tulare County Offices of Education as part of the collective work of CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Creativity at the Core Module 22.

This 2-hour professional learning was offered virtually two times in the fall of 2021. 

Click here to access Module 22.


CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 23 Completed

This module brings together high-quality arts integration professional learning to support Media Arts across the state. The Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms, Grades TK-6 module provides foundational skills and instruction in various Media Arts contents. Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) is featured in the module providing a blended model of online and virtual professional development. Outstanding industry partners provided foundational skills and instruction along with TEAL experts will provide resources to support distance and online learning and professional development.

Module 23 was developed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Click here to access Module 23.


CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 24 Completed

Module 24: Butte & Stanislaus COEs – Teaching Visual Arts in Connection with History/Social Studies, Grades K-12, outlines how Visual Arts teachers can integrate History/Social Science Studies into their practice through the usage of thematic units and is aligned to the California State Standards.

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with Butte County Office of Education and Stanislaus County Office of Education hosted the webinar, Teaching Visual Arts in Connection with History and Social Studies.

Click here to access Module 24.


CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 24 – Fall/Spring Professional Learning Webinar Series

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with Butte County Office of Education and Stanislaus County Office of Education hosted the webinar, Teaching Visual Arts in Connection with History and Social Studies.

This interactive webinar unpacked the content in the Creativity at the Core‘s new Module 24. Designed to enhance both the quality of Visual Arts and History/Social Science learning, this module provides a model for integrating Visual Arts and History/Social Science and provides six integrated units that meet the rigor of Visual Art and History/Social Science standards.

Click here to access Module 24.

Webinar Presenters: 

  • Amy Bultena, Director of Arts, SCOE 
  • Jennifer Spangler, Arts Education Coordinator, BCOE 
  • Sarah Anderberg, Director, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative

Additional webinars focused on Module 24 included two other offerings for rural teachers in Glen and Butte Counties. The following professional learning offerings supported different middle and high school teachers and included strategies on lesson study and the integrated learning strategies featured in Module 24.

6th & 8th Grade Teachers
April 5, 2022 (3:30-5:00 PM) & May 3, 2022 (3:30-4:30 PM)10th Grade Teachers
April 12, 2022 (3:30-5:00 PM) & May 5, 2022 (3:30-4:30 PM)

Webinar flyer is linked here.


CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 25 Completed

CCSESA Arts’ Creativity at the Core Module 25 Leveraging English Learner Assets through the Arts was completed in December 2021, and information was disseminated broadly about the module. Developed by San Diego County Office of Education, this module focuses on using the Arts as a lens through which we view the importance of cultural and linguistic connections English Learners make to the Arts.

Leveraging student assets and building into and from the content will provide full and meaningful access to 21st century skills, resulting in attaining high levels of language proficiency and mastery of grade-level standards (K-12 Music). This module will highlight the importance of cultural and linguistic connections English Learners make to the Arts. Leveraging student assets and building into and from the content will provide full and meaningful access to 21st century skills, resulting in attaining high levels of language proficiency and mastery of grade-level standards (K-12 Music). 

Click here to access Module 25.

The module was also featured at the statewide CABE 2022 Conference sponsored by the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE).

CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN) 2021-22

CSSESA offered a four-part professional learning series entitled: Rural Communities: Ensuring Equity and Access to Arts Education developed for county office arts leaders and partners. The series help to advance goals of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network which included:

  • Advance equitable access to high-quality arts education in California’s rural areas
  • Build the capacity of region and county leads to understand and support all rural districts in their region/county
  • Connect and collaborate as a statewide network and foster new partnerships 

The following CRAN Advisory members helped to plan an implement the CRAN professional learning opportunities: Sarah Anderberg (CCSESA); Peggy Burt, Arts Consultant (Mindful Strategies); Jessica Mapes (CCSESA); Kate Stover (Tulare County Office of Education); and Stacy Young (Humboldt County Office of Education).

View/download CRAN Professional Learning Series (2021-22) flyer linked here.

CRAN Progression of Professional Learning 2021-22:

SESSION 1: Seeing the System: Methods to Measure Impact

October 26, 2021

Participants were introduced to the tools of Theory of Change/Logic Models and have a hands-on opportunity to apply learning. The featured presenter was Sharon A. Herpin, Ed.D., WestEd, who provided helpful tools to help think strategically about change at the county level. Participants also heard from Jack Bareilles from Northern Humboldt UHSD, who shared how he is working on innovative approaches to help rural populations.

Session 1 flyer is linked here.

SESSION 2: Your Rural Landscape: Assets & Opportunities for Arts Education

December 1, 2021

Outcome: Participants were guided in data exploration to identify gaps in service delivery and equitable access.

Presenters included:

  • Kate Stover, Tulare COE
  • Peggy Burt, Arts Consultant, Mindful Strategies, LLC.

Session 2 flyer is linked here.

SESSION 3: The Essence of the Wheel: Powerful Rural Arts Education Partnerships

February 8, 2022

Outcome: Participants will identify and activate non-traditional partners from their communities as levers for change. The focus was on cultivating powerful partnerships.

Guest presenters:

  • Keith Wyffels, Associate Vice President of Education at The Music Center and who forged a great partnership with rural counties in Region 2
  • Esther Tokihiro, Administrator, Hawaii State Department of Education, Office of Curriculum & Instructional Design

Session 3 flyer is linked here.

SESSION 4: Making the Data Dance: Wrapping it up for Systems Change

April 29, 2022

Outcome: Measuring Impact for Equitable Arts Learning: Share out/lessons learned.

The 4th and final session of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN) professional learning was held on April 29th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. The focus of the session was on evaluation and various strategies on how to document and share data for systems change. 

Guest presenter:

  • Patti Saraniero, Moxie Research

County Spotlight Speakers:

  • Pauline Crooks, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Amy Bultena, Stanislaus County Office of Education
  • Rebecca Bailey, Mendocino County Office of Education

Session 4 flyer is linked here.

Creative Leadership for Changing Times: A 4-Part Virtual Professional Learning Series

This special series included four different virtual professional learning sessions in January and February 2022 and focused on key aspects of creative leadership and has been designed for arts education leaders from counties, districts, teacher leaders, non-profit arts leaders, and others interested in this topic.

Presented by CCSESA (California County Superintendents Educational Services Association), the series was facilitated by Dr. Gary Waddell and Pat Wayne and included additional presenters. The series consisted of a blend of information and resources as well as an opportunity for participants to learn from one another on a variety of key topics.

Click here to view/download a webinar flyer (pdf)

Guest Presenters:

  • Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education
  • Elida Ledesma, Arts for Healing and Justice Network (AHJN)
  • Maureen Carroll, Ph.D., Lime Design
  • Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, Ph.D., LeaderSpring

New Suite of Creativity Resources

The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative began building a library of resources on creativity and leadership for county offices of education and other arts and education organizations. The library currently hosts ten “Creativity Research Briefs” which are one-pagers, each highlighting a key concept from the body of research on creativity. The “Research Briefs” focus on topics such as “Motivation and Creativity,” ” A Bias Towards Action,” and “Everyone Can Be Creative,” among others. Each Research Brief includes a brief description, reflection prompts, and suggestions for further reading. You can access the research briefs here:

Additionally, five “Creative Leadership Briefs” were developed for use by educational leaders focusing on leading creatively. These include topics such as “Fail First,” “Brainstorming,” and “Building Dynamic, Creative Teams,” among others. Stay tuned as we continue to build out a library of bite-sized resources for use by the field in presentations, documents, and professional learning opportunities.

Special thanks to Dr. Gary Waddell who has been spearheading this effort. You can access the Creative Leadership Briefs here:

Student Created Artwork Presented to Senator Laird (SD17) Presented with CCSESA Legislator of the Year Award

On December 6, 2021, CCSESA staff presented Senator John Laird (SD17) with a student created Legislator of the Year Award in-person at the CCSESA office. This CCSESA award was coordinated by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and Audrey Sirota, Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Special thanks to their work to spotlight the work of student artist, Azucena Nieto who is a second language learner and founding member of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Youth for Environmental Action (YEA) leadership team.

The art piece is acrylic on canvas with a poem that Azucena composed, and then superimposed on newspaper collage. Her powerful creative writing pieces represent the interconnectedness of nature and our responsibility to carry on the intergenerational fight for environmental conservation.

CISC 2022 Leadership Symposium

The Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) is a committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). CISC initiates collaborative leadership with school districts, the California Department of Education, and other partners to ensure programs, practices, and services that support success for all students. The committee identifies statewide curriculum and staff development needs, provides a communication and implementation network for curriculum and professional development activities, and assists the CDE in adopting and implementing instructional materials and developing publications such as curriculum frameworks.

The annual CISC Leadership Symposium brought together over 1,000 educational leaders from throughout the State for three days of networking and learning about the latest shifts in education and models of innovative action. Arts education was well-represented at the conference. Many thanks to all the organizers and presenters who contributed to this wonderful conference.

Arts Ed Twitter Chat – #CaArtsEdChat

Organized by Pauline Crooks (San Diego County Office of Education) in partnership with other Regional Arts Leads, the CA Arts Ed Chat provided an online space for educators and arts leaders to chat on Twitter every week on Wednesdays to discuss key topics concerning arts and education.

This growing statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education provided a forum for interaction, discussion, and support. Participants were able to view and prepare for topics in advance by accessing the prompts ahead of time. Hats off to all the organizers and participants in this networking opportunity. 

Arts Leadership Meetings in 2021-22

CCSESA in partnership with CCSESA Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Arts Subcommittee and California Department of Education hosted five statewide leadership meetings for county office arts leads. Members of the CCSESA CISC Arts Subcommittee helped to plan and implement the meetings which featured a range of key topics related to arts education. Key statewide partners also participated and provided updates on work happening in their respective organizations. Three working committees were established for 2021-22 which provided opportunities for leaders to discuss and collaborate. The working committees were: Arts Education Framework, Arts and Equity, and Arts Leadership. 

Featured speakers/presenters included:

  • Kristine Alexander, TCAP
  • Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative
  • Aaron Bryan, Fresno CSS
  • Pauline Crooks, San Diego COE
  • Armalyn De La O, San Bernardino CSS
  • Ernesto Durán, Ventura COE
  • Abe Flores, Create CA
  • Jeannine Flores, Los Angeles COE
  • Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara COE
  • Allison Frenzel, California Department of Education
  • Bill Funkhouser, Humboldt COE
  • Matthew Gallagher, CSSSA
  • Louisa Higgins, Riverside COE
  • Letty Kraus, California Department of Education
  • Adelaide Kuehn, Create CA
  • Bernie Phelan, Alameda COE
  • Lisa Salas Brown, Ventura COE
  • Kate Stover, Tulare COE
  • Jennifer Spangler, Butte COE
  • Jeanette Spencer, Butte COE
  • Tim Taylor, CSDA
  • Stacy Young, Humboldt COE
  • Dr. Gary Waddell, Santa Clara COE
  • Mara Wold, Monterey COE

New County Office Research

One area of work that will be used in our ongoing adaptation work will be a new study on the role that county offices play in supporting arts education. With the support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, SRI Education conducted a statewide study. This is a follow-on study of the 2007 study of arts education in California, An Unfinished Canvas, and its recent 2020 update (publication pending). A key finding of the 2020 study was an increase in the degree to which districts rely on COEs to support arts education. This study aims to better understand the COE role in arts education, examine how COE activities have shifted in response to California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), and learn how recent policy changes may affect access, participation, quality, and equity in arts education. This study entails the following data collection activities:

  • Expert and Regional Arts Lead Interviews: SRI researchers conducted interviews with the CCSESA Arts Initiative’s regional leads as well as with individuals knowledgeable about the role of COEs in general and with regard to arts education. Interviews focused on how COEs support districts’ capacity to invest in arts education as well as to learn about the sources of support for COEs as they engage in this work.
  • 58-County Survey: One designated leader in each COE completed a short survey about the presence of the arts in COE and district strategic plans and Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), capacity building efforts (e.g., educator professional development), partnerships in support of arts education, and arts programming in county-run schools and programs (e.g., juvenile court schools and community schools).
  • County Case Studies: A small subset of counties and districts were invited to participate in case studies. Case studies include interviews with county and district leaders about county support for arts education and how districts experience this support. Participants in case studies were asked to share their county and district LCAPs and strategic arts plans (as applicable).

The report is slated to be completed in August 2022.

Disseminated PTA Guide: A Parent’s Guide to Arts Education in Public Schools

The California Education Code requires it, but what should students be receiving in arts education at each grade level? California State PTA – in partnership with Create CA – developed the revised Parents’ Guide to Arts Education in California Public Schools. This reader-friendly guide provides an overview of what children across the state should learn in the arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre and the visual arts by the end of each grade level. The Parents’ Guide to the Visual and Performing Arts in California Public Schools was created with parents, guardians and families of students in the California public school system in mind. By using the guide, they show that all students – not just the talented – should have the opportunity to express their unique individuality through creating and learning in and through the arts. Read more on the CAPTA website by clicking here.


Arts Partner Highlights

Click below to read 2021-22 highlights from our arts partners.

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