Music Instruction and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Module 20 Training @ Yolo County Office of Education - Conference Center
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Welcome to Module 20: This module is about expanding access to music education and integration for students in Grades TK- 6 with diverse abilities through Universal Design for Learning.

The Presentation Chart will give you an entire overview of the module (available under Downloads).

Click here for an Introduction to Module 20.

California school districts have been undergoing change, incorporating Multi-Tiered System of Supports into their schools and district. This has decreased the population of students with IEPs in Special Day Classes, increasing the inclusion of students in classrooms throughout the district. Based on data attained from educator and administrator surveys, teachers, both general classroom and certificated specialist teachers, would like to learn how to provide quality arts instruction to all students in their classroom. They need the instructional strategies needed to allow the various types of learners access to arts learning, and would like to receive more professional learning in this topic.


Planning your Professional Learning (Content Outlines)

This professional development module will focus on three specific points:

  1. Developing teacher understanding of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, creating a flexible learning environment, instruction and assessment to accommodate individual learning differences.
  2. Expanding teacher knowledge of the characteristics of various learning barriers and styles of students with diverse abilities and strategies to support learning.
  3. Increasing teacher ability to create and deliver a music lesson incorporating UDL Guidelines, providing Kindergarten, 2nd , and 5th Grade music lessons as a supporting example
    Module Outcome: Teachers will be able to develop and deliver music education or integration lessons incorporating UDL to support access to curriculum and learning for students with diverse abilities in their class.


In the Research document you will find web and book resources under Downloads.


Read about the Music standards in the Standards document under Downloads.


  • Amy Bultena – VAPA/STEAM Coordinator, Stanislaus County Office of Education
    Address: 1100 H St, Modesto, CA 95354
  • Steve Venz – Former Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education
    Address: 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-9050
  • Stacy Young – Visual and Performing Arts Program Manager, Humboldt County Office of Education
    Address: 901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501

Other Education and Arts Contributors:

Rhoda Bernard, Ed. D., Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

William Houchin, M.M. ed, Instructor, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

New California Arts Standards Workshop Focused on Dance with Luna Dance Institute @ Napa Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Center
Feb 13 all-day

CCSESA Arts Initiative partners with Luna Dance Institute, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and Napa County Office of Education to present a Dance Arts Standards Workshop in Yountville, CA   

Join us in Yountville in Napa Valley on February 13, 2020 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theatre, centrally located in the heart of Napa Valley.

n this experiential day-of-dance, participants will become familiar with the new California Arts Standards-Dance and consider how they can be applied in their schools and districts.

School leaders—teachers, VAPA coordinators, and administrators will work together to create strategies for a progression of dance learning TK through 12th grade that meets the learning goals of your community. Participants will move, think, problem-solve, and take on the perspectives of various constituents that can support or hinder the development of standards-based dance. Working in teams, the goal of this session is to recognize and access resources to make the potential of dance learning available to ALL California students.

Bring a team from your school or join other participants to create a new team for workshopping possibilities—come prepared to move, think, engage!

Who should attend: Teachers, teaching artists, administrators, parents, community members who are interested in learning more about the California Dance Standards.

Cost: $125 includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials.

Call:  CCSESA at (916) 446-3095

Address:  Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
100 California Drive
Yountville, CA 9459

Registration Link:

Rural Arts Convening – Cancelled due to COVID-19 @ California Endowment
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
Statewide Arts Initiative 
invites you to attend the


April 1, 2020


We are building momentum for arts education in rural areas! You are invited to share your voice and your ideas as we advance the work to bring more arts to more TK-12 students across California. Hear about promising best practices and meet the people who are making a difference in rural counties.

The Rural Arts Convening will be an interactive day, designed to bring you up to date with progress in our state and to explore possibilities for your communities.

  • Hear inspiring stories of progress from Amador, Butte, Mono, Humboldt and Tulare County Offices of Education.
  • Learn about the process of arts strategic planning in Nevada, Imperial and Mariposa counties led by county offices of education involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Engage in artistic activities and strategies that you can bring back to your organizations.

Representative Featured Speakers:

  • Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Arts Initiative: Building Access to Arts Education in Rural Communities
  • Anne Bown-Crawford, California Arts Council: The Importance of Rural Communities to a Healthy Arts Ecosystem
  • Peggy Burt, California Alliance for Arts Education/CCSESA Arts Initiative: Aligned Leadership: Matching Arts Plans to District and County Priorities
  • Merryl Goldberg: Arts Integration, CSU San Marcos: Arts Integration in Multicultural Settings
  • Letty Kraus, California Department of Education: New California Arts Standards and Framework
  • Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education: Creativity and Collaboration in Rural Communities – New CCSESA Creativity at the Core Module!
  • Tim Taylor, California Small School Districts Association
  • Leaders from across California representing rural communities.



Who Should Attend?

Educators/leaders from districts and county offices across California, school board members and community members.

Click here for the flyer.

Click here to register.

This event is made possible through funding from the Stuart Foundation,
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
and a partnership with the California Alliance for Arts Education.

Insider’s Guide To Arts Education Planning – Cancelled due to COVID-19 @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Click on the image below to view and/or download an event flyer

Please join us for our upcoming professional learning opportunity: The Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning! This one-day workshop will be sponsored by CCSESA, California Alliance for Arts Education, and CREATE CA. Participants will:

  • Learn facilitation skills on how to develop an arts education plan for a school district and/or county office of education using the newly released 3rd edition of the Insider’s Guide to Arts Education;
  • Take away leadership strategies that can be applied in multiple settings; and
  • Join a professional community that is committed to building capacity for arts education in California.

The program will be led by Peggy Burt, Arts Planning Director for the California Alliance for Arts Education and lead coach for the Alliance’s Arts Planning Initiative. She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of the Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning. Peggy brings over fifteen years of experience of working with districts and county offices on strategic arts plans as well as training planning coaches for Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture: Arts Ed collective. Peggy is currently serving as the Coach/Facilitator for CCSESA’s Rural County Arts Initiative as well as a facilitator for the Los Angeles county Office of Education, Center for distance and Online Learning: TEAL – an online learning platform that blends arts education/arts integration with social and emotional learning and MTSS.

For additional information regarding the content of the session, contact Peggy Burt at

For additional information regarding registration or logistics, contact Jessie Mapes at

The Arts and Socio Emotional Learning: Leveraging Arts Instruction as Essential in Recovery
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Webinar on April 29 at 10:30 am.

Celebrated author, and Director of UCLA Arts & Healing, Ping Ho explores the language we can all be using as we race from one zoom meeting to another, to gently but firmly remind our decision makers of the vital role of arts education currently and in the future.

Ping will be joined by Jeannine Flores, Arts & STEAM Coordinator for Los Angeles County Office of Education and Dr. Merryl Goldberg, Director of Arts=Opportunity at Cal State San Marcos, who will share specific strategies to integrate as we go about our daily work. We will consider valuable actions to take so we emerge with arts education not only firmly a part of the valued curriculum, but well positioned to grow once we are in recovery.


Registration Link:


“CREATE”ing Momentum Together – Cancelled due to COVID-19 (To be rescheduled) @ Crocker Art Museum
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – May 13 @ 4:00 pm
Social Emotional Learning for the Creative Teacher @ Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Jun 15 @ 8:00 am – Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) Visual and Performing Arts Presents

Social Emotional Learning For the Creative Teacher: Supporting Student & Staff Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Through Creative Teaching Strategies

This 4-day dive into SEL will explore creative strategies to help students develop self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, responsible decision making, and relationship skills.

Participants in this hands-on, highly interactive, workshop will engage in practical strategies for supporting thee social emotional learning of students and staff. Participants will work collaboratively with one another and under the guidance of FCSS staff to develop additional strategies to add to their toolbox.

Audience: K-12 Teachers Administrators, School Psychologists, Para-educators

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!




Free Webinar: Finding Balance as an Educator, Artist, Home Life @ Zoom Video-conference
Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
California Private School Professional Development – August 2020 Online Conferences @ Zoom Webinar
Aug 6 @ 8:30 am – Aug 7 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for non-stop learning and inspiration brought to you by a team of TK–12 experts!

Registration is now open for FREE professional development! The conference has been moved to a virtual format offering a blend of live and on-demand content.

This conference is offered by the California Department of Education in cooperation with CaPSPD NOW and is powered by SDE, Inc. The Conference is FREE to all private school educators and offers:

  • A one and one-half day event specifically developed to go in-depth with a range of ready-to-implement ideas and strategies to
    support every grade level in boosting student growth and achievement.
  • A hand-picked team of highly knowledgeable, motivating, and innovative presenters will deliver instructional best practices and research-based solutions relevant to what teachers are addressing in their classrooms today.
  • In-depth sessions by the California Subject Matter Projects in Math, History/Social Science, Science, Writing, Reading PE, Arts,
    and Music.
  • Specific strands for school administrators and for TK-1 teachers.

Breakout sessions will include:

  • A strand for Administrators
  • A strand for TK-K Teachers
  • Subject matter specified by the California Subject Matter Projects
    in Math, History/Social Science, Science, Writing, Reading, PE,
    Arts, and Music
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Special Education
  • Digital Literacy
  • Restorative Justice
  • Formative Assessment
  • Classroom Management
  • And Much More!

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