2018 California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) State Conference in Sacramento @ CABE State Conference _ Sacramento Convention Center
Mar 28 – Mar 31 all-day
Rural Arts Education Think Tank @ California Department of Education
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In an effort to expand arts learning access in rural communities statewide, we hope to gather educators, arts leaders, and community members from cross California to join in a discussion to further understand both the challenges and opportunities that exist in rural communities across the state.

What will we do in the Think Tank?

Explore how data can inform level of access in our rural

Hear about current research and implications for our field;

Learn about how some rural communities are developing
innovative practices to increase arts learning opportunities for pre-K through 12 students;

Share strategies to build support for arts learning both in discrete and integrated learning;

Engage in a public will campaign that is taking place in California; and

Collaborate with other educational leaders from across California.

Your Voice is Important

We hope that you will participate and share your insights and understandings as we explore together how to deepen and expand arts education for our students. How can we work together to make change?

Questions? Contact Jessie Kroll-Yoas at

Lunch is included.

To Register, click here. 


“A review of the literature reveals several barriers to increasing access to arts education in rural areas,  including  lack of economic opportunity,  geographic distance, recruitment and retention of  teachers and administrators, lack of funding for arts education, policies that do not support the arts, limited collection and analysis of data, and lack of representation on creative economy initiatives.”

– Dr. Lisa Donovan, researcher, professor, and author (Leveraging Change, Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Communities)

March is Arts Education Month
Mar 1 @ 12:00 am – Mar 31 @ 11:45 pm

Join us in celebrating March as Arts Education Month.

Many communities across California are spotlighting the importance of the dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts education for all students.  As we celebrate the benefits and value the arts bring to our schools and communities, we want to ensure that all students have access to quality arts learning in their schools.

To view the Senate Resolution for California, click here.

Highway 99 Arts Summit @ Radisson Hotel Downtown Fresno
Apr 11 all-day

Registration:  Click here.   For Event Flyer:  Click here. 

The Arts: Social and Emotional Learning WEBINAR
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Riverside County Office of Education’s Arts Administrator, Louisa Higgins, as she explains the competencies of social and emotional learning, as well as the four artistic processes. Participants will then do a hands-on art making lesson, as well as explore several other lesson types an d strategies to prepare them to incorporate the arts and SEL into their teaching in the fall. Please join us for this free and informative session that is distance learning friendly and focused on elementary education.

Louisa Higgins is the Arts Administrator the Riverside County Office of Education. She has fourteen years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher, and another fourteen years as an arts educator and administrator. She is a practicing artist, poet, and a passionate advocate for the need for arts access for every student!




What Sweeter Music: Arts and Social-Emotional Learning in Harmony! @ Zoom Webinar
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A Conversation Hosted by Create CA and the CCSESA

Date/Time:  September 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Registration:  Click here. 

Join us for an interactive meeting where presenters will share about the power of the Arts and Social Emotional Learning. Don’t miss the debut of the new Create CA video on the Arts and SEL!

Featuring Headliner: Aaron Bryan, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools as well as other engaging speakers! 

Creative Action Planning: Mapping A Response in Light of Current Challenges @ Zoom Seminar
Sep 30 – Oct 1 all-day

In a changing world, educational leaders are facing a new reality that may include distance learning, budget challenges and dramatic shifts in expectations. Join Peggy Burt and Kimberleigh Aarn in this interactive 2-day session that will introduce highly effective ways of collaborating to address trends and engage in meaningful dialogue that leads to concrete actions and priorities.

This online training will allow you to further develop your leadership and facilitation skills that may be translated into all aspects of your work. You will be provided with timely information to respond to this new landscape and learn strategies and processes that you can immediately apply.

Local Advocacy Webinar Series: Rural Arts Education Strategies @ Webinar
Oct 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Rural communities face specific challenges when working to deliver arts education to students. Learn from several experts who have created tailored approaches for rural communities. Presented in partnership with the California Alliance for Arts Education.

The Art of Everything Leadership Conversations – A five-part Series @ Zoom Webinar
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am – May 21 @ 11:00 am

Presented by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with Create CA

Please join us for 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 both aspiring and experienced leaders to come together in conversation and community around the key leadership concepts in the book. We encourage you to invite leaders to join us in this important opportunity.

Come join us and patriciate this interactive series focused on key elements of artful leadership.

SESSION 1 – January 15, 2021
SESSION 2 – February 19, 2021
SESSION 3 – March 19, 2021
SESSION 4 – April 16, 2021
SESSION 5 – May 21, 2021
$30 for all five sessions

Presenter & Featured Guests for Session #1:

Dr. Gary Waddell is an educator, leader, author, and presenter.


Rural Arts Education Webinar: Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times, A National Dialogue @ Zoom Webinar
Feb 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Join us for this FREE event!

Participants will:

  • Gain greater understanding of the rural context by engaging with national experts, Dr. Lisa Donovan, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Clayton W. Lord, Americans for the Arts, and California expert, Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies;
  • Learn a mapping process from Americans for the Arts based on a metaphorical frame of Emerald City to uncover key components to consider when expanding arts education in rural communities;
  • Consider perspectives from next generation leaders; and
  • Walk away with a process and a custom map to begin shaping strategies.

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