November/December 2021-22 CCSESA CISC Arts Subcommittee Report – Regional Highlights


November/December 2021-22


Curriculum and Instruction Arts Subcommittee (CISC/Arts)
Dr. Gary Waddell, Chair
Assistant Superintendent, Equity & Educational Progress Division & Public Affairs, Santa Clara COE

Jeanette Spencer, Co-Chair
Senior Advisor for District Support & Educational Leadership, Butte COE –
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Statewide Arts Initiative
Sarah Anderberg, Director
California Department of Education (CDE)
Letty Kraus, Education Programs Consultant
Allison Frenzel, Education Programs Consultant
The California Arts Project (TCAP)
Kristine Alexander, Executive Director
REGION 1 Arts Lead
Stacy Young, Humboldt COE –
REGION 2 Arts Lead
Jennifer Spangler, Butte COE –

REGION 3 Arts Lead
Dr. L. Steven Winlock
, Sacramento COE –

REGION 4 Arts Lead
Bernie Phelan, Alameda COE

REGION 5 Arts Lead
Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara COE

REGION 6 Arts Lead
Amy Bultena, Stanislaus COE –

REGION 7 Arts Co-Lead
Aaron Bryan
, Fresno CSS –

REGION 7 Arts Co-Lead
Kate Stover, Tulare COE –

REGION 8 Arts Lead
Lisa Salas Brown, Ventura COE –

REGION 9 Arts Lead
Pauline Crooks, San Diego COE –

REGION 10 Arts Lead
Louisa Higgins, Riverside COE –

REGION 11 Arts Lead
Jeannine Flores, Los Angeles COE –

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS – Submitted by the Regional Arts Leads of the CISC/Arts Subcommittee

Region 1 Humboldt County Office of Education – Stacy Young, Regional County Arts Lead

Del Norte

Del Norte is continuing to support teachers in arts integration and SEL implementation. They will be contracting with Focus 5 to do a series of trainings for the remainder of the school year.


Humboldt is preparing for a busy spring! Virtual trainings continue for the Arts & Creativity Initiative, focusing on Benefit Mindset, Arts Integration, and Social Emotional Learning. HCOE will be accepting applications from schools for the next DoE grant, ArtSEL. HCOE is moving forward with plans for the annual Youth Arts Festival at the Morris Graves Museum of Art the month of March and the All County Music Festival. March 12 is the Regional Arts Forum “Creative Education Symposium” which will focus on Social Emotional Learning and the Arts.


County teachers are moving forward with using the performing arts strategies learned through the summer institute. Lake County Arts integration is running smoothly. We continue to have teaching artists visiting classrooms and modeling lessons. Participating teachers are enthusiastic and continue to build their arts integration practices using the groundwork given to them through this grant.


The current VAPA work includes supporting teachers in the Arts and Creativity Initiative with materials, resources, guest artists, and ongoing professional learning. K-5 educators across the county are using theatre arts to support student learning and the development of social and emotional skills. Students are developing a deeper understanding of concepts and ideas across subject areas the collaborative creation of tableaus or ‘living pictures’. Get Arts in the School Mendocino continues to support students and teachers in visual and performing arts through a variety of ongoing projects. Within the Arts and Creativity Initiative (ACI), teachers are using theater arts to promote social and emotional learning. In collaboration with local artists and the Get Arts in the School program (GASP) we are supporting several artist-led K-12 classroom activities. Examples include The Poetry of Nature: Finding inspiration in the natural world (grades 3-5), Vox Pod: The creative art of communication through podcasting (grades 9-12), and The Mendocino Dance project: Exploring physicality and creativity through dance (grades K-5). 

Region 2 Butte County Office of Education – Jennifer Spanger, Regional County Arts Lead

Region 2 Teachers Utilize New Mini-Grant Project for Professional Learning
Since announcing availability of mini-grants for Professional Learning available for this school year, three Plumas county teachers have utilized the funds. In December, Two art teachers and one general education teacher were able to attend a two part series on integrating ARTS and SEL. A modest fund has been established for this school year with support from the Hewlett Foundation and the CCESSA Arts Initiative to support professional learning in arts education in Region 2. Each county in Region 2 has been allocated $500 for fees for professional learning workshops or conferences. County Arts Leads will approve the requests in their counties and submit to Butte County Office of Education (the Regional Arts Lead) for payment.

Proposed Region 2 Directory of Arts Education Providers
Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) is coordinating the development of a new on-line directory for use by schools to facilitate more exposure to the Arts. The directory will feature arts organizations and teaching artists in each county that offer field trips and/or ion site arts experiences. With the increase of remote delivery by some arts organizations and artists it is believed that the regional approach will increase opportunities across the counties. BCOE is in the process of collecting lists of arts education providers from each county office.

Region 3 Sacramento County Office of Education – Dr. L. Steven Winlock, Regional Arts Lead


The SCOE Arts Community of Practice met November 18, 2021 with the District Art Leads and Sacramento Art Organizations. All in attendance gave updates on their respective art education programs in schools, districts and art organizations.
SCOE is endorsing a new arts education program with the CLARA Arts organization. The letter of endorsement was shared with Community of Practice in hopes of promoting additional collaboration and partnerships in Art Education.
The topic of the use and availability of Covid Recovery Funds was also discussed with in the group.
SCOE continues the work and planning of the County Poetry Out Loud competition. The competition and judging will be a video submission contest with 10 schools in the Region competing. The judging will also take place remotely, and the winner and runner-up will be announced in a webinar on February 8, 2022.

The CLARA Classroom is a new arts education program developed by Emili Danz, Education Outreach Director at the E. Claire Raley Studios. This arts education program is an appropriate use of the Covid Relief Funds. The letter of endorsement outlines the CLARA Classroom and gives details about this vital arts program. To view the endorsement letter, click here.

Region 4 Alameda County Office of Education – Bernie Phelan, Regional Arts Lead


Vision and focus for 2021-22

Statewide, it is the fundamental belief that instruction aligned with standards-based arts education provides greater opportunities for students—not only to achieve academic goals, but also to drive engagement, connect parents and community, enhance school culture and climate, and ensure equitable arts learning for all.  We will work to instill this belief through our work at all levels.

ELD & The Arts

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the percentage of public school students in 2018 who were ELLs was 19.4 percent in California. English Language Learners face unique and often overwhelming challenges.  The arts provide a universal language and can become a vital educational, communicative, and creative outlet. 

Alameda County Office of Education will host a Professional Learning workshop, Picture Your Story-An Integrated Approach to Arts and ELD, on November 16th to address these challenges. Keynote speaker Dr. Merryl Goldberg demonstrated effective strategies such as ‘Picto-Spelling’, where both spelling and vocabulary are taught through a form of sketching. Student work was highlighted at various levels to give real-life context to the ELD strategy. Hayward Unified elementary teachers also presented as a panel discussion while they introduced a storytelling project based on the book: Brown: The Many Shades of Love by Nancy Johnson James and Constance Moore. Participants were in love with the idea of creating a book and how it addressed equity in the classroom. Each participant received a free copy of Dr. Goldberg’s book: Arts Integration: Teaching Subject Matter through the Arts in Multicultural settings.

View/download a flyer here.

Registration link

San Mateo 

Please Save the Date for Arts as Life! 2.2.22

This virtual day-long PD will be rich with opportunities to practice creativity and its connections to the vital racial equity and inclusion work we all are leading for in this trying time. This institute is open to all teachers and admin K-12 and will include presenters from San Mateo County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Alameda County Office of Education, Stanford Live, Young Audiences of Northern CA, KQED, and The San Mateo County Arts Commission Office of Arts and Culture as well as a Rockstar line-up for the keynote and a special panel on Student Voice and MORE! The workshops will highlight key topics for student engagement including all 5 arts disciplines, diversity, equity & inclusion, SEL, and Trauma-Informed Practices. We are very excited about this day! Please save the date! Please invite your colleagues! We will have an Eventbrite link available in early December and we look forward to seeing you 2.2.22!

Click here to view/download a SAVE THE DATE flyer!

Region 5 Santa Clara County Office of Education – Sofia Fojas, Regional Arts Lead



Monterey County VAPA Collaborative Network

Arts Council for Monterey County

Poetry Out Loud

Santa Clara

Young Artist Showcase

The Winter edition of the Artspiration E-Blast featured the Young Artist Showcase. Submissions opened in November and will accept entries until Feb 25, 2022. The showcase is opent to public school students grades pre-k to grade 12 in Santa Clara County. Students will be able to showcase their artwork at an in-person celebration at the San Jose Hilton on Sunday, March 13 as a part of the Philosophy of Education Annual Conference.

13th Annual Marion Cilker Conference
The Marion Cilker Arts in Education Conference was a success with engaging sessions dedicated to arts equity, social justice, integrated arts learning with over 300 participants! The conference was hosted on Whova and fun activities including a Passport Contest and numerous ice breakers, and plenty of discussion boards where participants could talk to each other.

The ArtsEdConnect Grant closed on December 17. We were able to fund over 100 applications for teachers to work with artists in their classrooms, purchase arts materials, or provide arts experiences in the community. The grant period runs from January to June this year.

Arts Equity Community of Practice
Join a cohort of peers to deepen your practice and pedagogy of culturally responsive teaching and learning through the arts led by Studio Pathways Jessa Brie Moreno and Mariah Rankine-Landers. Explore concepts and methods for increasing literacy learning outcomes and social-emotional skills.

Audience: TK-12 Educators, Administrators, and Teaching Artists

Dates: January 24, March 21, May 23 and Summer Intensive June 13-14

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm (Zoom)

Register here.

​​Santa Cruz  

Join us for an Arts Integration Community of Practice. We will work together to discover ways to integrate the arts disciplines int our curriculum and instruction. We will use an equity lens to examine the principles and explore the connections between the arts and social-emotional learning.

We will meet on the following Thursdays (the third Thursday of the month): October 21, November 18, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Special Note: We have changed the dates to the first Thursday of every month

Thursday, January 20, 2022 – To register, click here.

SAVE THE DATE – March 5, 2022 for UCSC’s Monterey Bay Area Math Project Monterey Bay Science Project 15th Annual Winter STEAM Conference
Suggested Audience: K-12 Educators

Registration will open January 10th for this flexible zoom conference. Sessions will include:

sessions to include:

  • Lessons Study
  • Math Games and Math Movement
  • Math Science and writing
  • Science for K – 12 teachers and students
  • Environmental Literacy and Science

March 5, 2022 – To register, click here.

FashionTEENS Santa Cruz 2022: May 1, 2022 at the Civic!

Applications Due: March 18 (applications coming soon!)

Runway Show: Sunday May 1 (more information coming soon)

Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (COVID permitting)

Watch the fashionTEENS Santa Cruz 2021 Virtual Fashion Show (YouTube) here.
Learn more here.

Once again, the Santa Cruz COE brings our community:

POETRY OUT LOUD 2022: Register here

This year’s county event will take place VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 4:00-6:00.

Please Contact Audrey at for more information about the Poetry Out Loud Club beginning Monday, December 6, 2021 from 4:00-5:00!

Visual and Performing Arts Meetings.
Suggested Audience: VAPA teachers

2:45 – 3:15 pm MUSIC for Elementary Teachers
3:15 – 3:45 pm MUSIC for Middle and High School Teachers

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Visual Arts Teachers’ Meetings
We will meet every other Wednesday beginning January 26.
2:45-3:15 pm Visual Arts for Elementary Teachers
3:15-3:45 pm Visual Arts for Middle and High School Teachers

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Theater Teachers’ Meetings We meet the first Wednesday  of every month.

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Arts Council Santa Cruz: Virtual Classroom in All Art Forms
Suggested Audience: Teachers, Students, Families

Welcome! Here you’ll find lesson plans, activities, and video tutorials in visual arts, dance, music, and theater with our talented Mariposa Arts, SPECTRA, and Artist Teacher Partnership teaching artists. We hope that these pages engage you, students, and families to learn about the arts at home until we can be together again in the classroom.


Bring Classical Music Into Your Classroom

No cost and no teacher preparation
Support for students’ Social Emotional Learning: Listening to Music
5 minutes/day
Easy to access online
Ready to start? APPLY HERE
Need more information?
Contact Audrey Sirota, COE Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator
 or Lee Duffus, Symphony Volunteer CMC Coordinator

The Santa Cruz Symphony, Carnegie Hall, and the Santa Cruz COE bring you Link Up: The Orchestra Swings

For the  2021-22 School Year

This program is for students in 4-5th grade. Students learn selections such as “It Don’t Mean A Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing” – Duke Ellington and “Juba” from Symphony No. 1 by Florence Price.


Under the leadership of Dr. Faris Sabbah, we are continuing our Student Voices and Leadership Initiative by beginning our student groups.

Call for Students! Join the Youth Led Leadership Alliance! Deadline: August 31

Suggested Audience: District leaders, site leaders, teachers

Please share this information with students and adults who support them! Santa Cruz COE’s countywide Youth Led Leadership Alliance’s mission is to empower youth with the data and tools needed to implement solutions to the problems they care about. Use this announcement for social media and the links below to more information on the Youth Led Leadership Alliance website which includes application links for each group:

Contact Celeste Gutierrez at for more information.Contact Audrey Sirota at for more information about Youth Artists Taking Action

San Benito

Melinda Nakagawa from A Spark In Nature 

Melinda Nakagawa will offer a Nature Journal Workshop Virtual  series on Jan 20, Feb 3, and March 3, 2022. This series will focus on Environmental Literacy and the foundations of Nature Journaling Educators will learn ways to integrate Nature Journaling into the classroom. This workshop is open to educators, teaching artists, community members and San Benito County’s ARTS Region V partners. Sign up here: OMS Registration

San Benito County’s Strategic Arts Plan: Arts Forward is in the final editing stage and was adopted by the SBCOE School Board in December 2021.

STEAM/Science Expo

Arts Showcase

Nature Journaling

Arts/ELD and SEL

San Benito Arts Council

Region 6 Stanislaus County Office of Education – Amy Bultena, Regional Arts Lead


  • Stanislaus COE has finalized a strategic arts plan.
  • Stanislaus COE is working with Patterson Unified School District to provide year-long arts integration training.
  • Stanislaus COE is working with Salida School District to provide year-long arts integration training.
  • Stanislaus COE is working with Amador COE to deliver arts integration professional development.
  • Stanislaus COE is working with Paradise School District to provide ongoing arts professional development.
  • Stanislaus COE sends a monthly arts newsletter to 1800+ recipients of Region 6.
  • Tuolumne COE sends a monthly arts newsletter.
  • Stanislaus COE designed and maintains a guidance document for county and district leads and teachers about how to safely conduct arts classes in the era of COVID-19.
  • Stanislaus COE offers three virtual fieldtrips to local Region 6 businesses that integrate the arts.
  • Stanislaus COE is planning for four, region-wide, student art showcases this year; at least one of which will be virtual.
  • Stanislaus COE is offering free arts workshops on Social Emotional Learning and the Arts
  • Stanislaus COE is offering the following workshops to all of Region 6
    • Social Emotional Learning and the Arts x 2
    • Fall Y’all Arts Integration
    • Winter Wonderland Arts Integration
    • Spring Thing Arts Integration
    • Digital Applications for Student Creativity x 2
    • Sketchnotes x 2
    • Writing and Teaching Integrated Units
    • Visual Literacy x 2
    • Universal Design for Learning and the Arts Integration x 2


Region 7 – Tulare County Office of Education & Fresno County Superintendent of Schools – Kate Stover & Aaron Bryan, Regional Arts Co-Leads


Increasing Arts Access in Rural Schools

  • “Discovering Beauty” Photography Challenge ­– The Fresno County Superintendent of Schools has announced an exciting new student art exhibition as part of their upcoming Arts Education Month celebrations (March 2022). In 2022, FCSS’ annual student arts showcase, heARTbeat, will be a photography challenge. Students are encouraged to use their photography skills to highlight the things that make their school community unique and beautiful. For more information, visit
  • FCOE Lobby Concerts – Another component of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools’ upcoming Arts Education Month (March 2022) is a new concert series for secondary musicians. Students will be featured in 30-minute concerts each Friday throughout March in the 3-story atrium/lobby of the Fresno County Office of Education. Students will submit and audition video and outline their proposed set list as part of their audition materials. Visit for more information.


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  • Mariposa COE is working with the Mariposa County Arts Council to begin implementing the COE’s newly adopted Strategic Arts Education Plan using a grant from the Stuart Foundation secured through CCSESA. Mariposa COE is focusing on the portion of the Strategic Arts Education Plan that installs student-lead public artwork on school campuses. This November, two murals will be installed:
    • The first mural has been collaboratively designed by the Mariposa County High School Art Club (with major assistance from Art Department Head/Art Teacher, Pete Bothwell) on the Mariposa County High School Campus.
    • The second mural will be installed at Mariposa Elementary School and has been designed by student artists Autumn Stock and Justus Wellcome, two seniors, with an assist from professional mural artist Clay M. River.
  • The Mariposa County High School, Mariposa County Arts Council, the Alliance for Community Transformation, and the


  • Merced COE is proud to present Miklo, a short film made by the “Brave and Determined” kids at Valley Community School in Los Banos. This film was created in conjunction with Arts @ MCOE. Link to film on YouTube:
  • Arts @ MCOE is working on mural projects at two different Head Start sites in Atwater as well as building an interactive web experience for the Merced COE Strategic Arts Plan.


  • Children First – All About the Arts! – Students, educators, community partners, and arts programs from Tulare County and across Region 7 were featured in the December edition of “Children First” on local ABC-affiliate station KFSN Channel 30. Sponsored by the Tulare County Office of Education, Valley Children’s Healthcare, and Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU). Children First is a year-round effort focusing on challenges and opportunities among our youth in Central California. The program shows how the average person can make a difference in a child’s life and highlights local organizations working with children. The Children First campaign includes half-hour programs, thirty-second public service announcements and special stories on Action News.  Watch the All About the Arts special.
  • Student Art Exhibition Best of Show Honors Awarded – 214 Tulare County students were recognized with Best of Show honors in this year’s virtualStudent Art Exhibitions. Open to students in grades PK-12, the annual exhibitions showcase the county’s young artists who create two- and three-dimensional pieces utilizing a variety of mediums. This year for the first time, the show also features digital media – including student produced film and animations. The Gallery features the work of more than 477 artists in grades PK-12 from 44 Tulare County schools. Visit the Virtual Gallery.

Region 8 Ventura County Office of Education – Lisa Salas Brown, Regional Arts Lead

  • The 2022 Student Art Gallery will take place at the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum from 05/19/22 – 06/05/22. All student artwork will be displayed at the museum during this timeframe.
  • This event will feature artwork created exclusively by VCOE students. Generally speaking, we don’t see a lot of (if any) VCOE students participating in the other events we host. This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unique talents of our students, and let them shine! (Court & Community School, Special Education School Sites)
  • We will host a virtual art gallery in conjunction with this one for any students who are unable to attend the museum and see their artwork in person. We will also create a video tour of the museum so students who aren’t able to attend can see what their artwork looks like in an actual museum setting.
  • The museum will be able to hold a maximum 50 pieces of student art. They also have one large monitor (and a couple of smaller ones) where we can rotate videos of students playing music, dancing, or engaging in other forms of performance art.

Region 9 San Diego County Office of Education – Pauline Crooks, Regional Arts Lead


Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE)

Project ArCh: Arts for Culture and Healing

Dr. Goldberg joined ICOE for the second face-to-face session on Saturday, October 23. Participants enjoyed activities that helped them consider ways to integrate visual arts in science and drama in language arts. Our last of 4 sessions is Wednesday, Nov 3, via Zoom. Thank you so much to the Stuart Foundation and those supporting arts in rural counties for making this learning opportunity possible.


Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)

Community of Practice 2021-2022 “My Name, Face and Story” – By integrating culturally sustaining pedagogies and social emotional learning practices, teachers explore and implement the new VAPA framework to support students’ cultural, mental, social, and cognitive health. Our next session will be Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 4:30-5:30pm and you can register to attend free at this link.  

The 2022 OCArts4All Student Art Showcase will have the theme “Portraits of Orange County.” This art show is intended for students in public, private, charter, and home schools. All submissions should originate from school teachers or administrators and be based on school/district programs. Orange County university art gallery directors will review online submissions and recommend artwork for public display. In May, if guidelines at the time allow, selected 2D artwork will be displayed at Crystal Court in South Coast Plaza and 3D artwork will be displayed at the Cypress College Art Gallery. Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach will then select works for their show which will occur from July through August. 

The Orange County Music and Arts Awards Nomination Form, is ready to receive your nominations for teachers, administrators and advocates. Nominations are due Friday, March 25, 2022. Award winners will be announced on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Award winners will be honored on Wednesday, May 17, 2022, 5:00 p.m. If current guidelines allow, this will be held at the Samueli Theatre.

Arts Now Communities – OCDE is partnering with CreateCA and Arts Orange County to bring the Arts Now Communities program to Orange County. This is a great opportunity for community members to partner with their local school districts to support arts education. If you would like more information, please contact Shanin Ziemer at

OCMAA (Orange County Music and Arts Administrators) – Each month OCDE hosts virtual meetings with district arts educational leaders and arts organizations. Our focus this year remains on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and each month a different SEL competency is highlighted and connections are drawn to our new Arts Framework and VAPA Standards. District arts leaders also meet separately to discuss long-term goals and current needs.

Arts Organization Education Departments – Each month OCDE hosts collaborative virtual meetings with arts organization education and community outreach departments to support strategic arts partnerships. This year different colleges and school districts are sending representatives to discuss their needs and relevant and sustainable partnership models with this collaborative group.

OCArts4All is the social media campaign to spotlight and celebrate the great things that students and teachers are doing in the arts in Orange County. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @Arts4Oc #OCArts4All Districts and arts organizations are invited to use this link to submit information for OCMAA Meeting Agendas and OCArts4All Newsletters.

San Diego

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)

Arts Education Twitter Chat – Join @PCrooks_VAPA, @VAPAJeannine, @aaronbryan, and arts education experts from across the state for a Twitter Chat every Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. We are growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes. Whether you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before or are an expert, use this link to see the questions and learn how to join the conversation.   

Arts Education Curriculum Units – Whether you are looking for new units to use with your students, plans to share with a substitute, or curriculum for students in quarantine due to COVID-19 you will want to check out the SDCOE distance learning units of study in grades K-12. Focused on grade-level essential learnings in each content area, these units were purposefully designed to integrate content (including the arts), and provide flexibility and choice. These open-source units are being developed in Google to ensure maximum flexibility for teachers to use them with their district’s preferred instructional platform. The units are available here: 

Arts Empower San Diego – Arts Empower San Diego is a collective impact working to improve and support arts education in San Diego County. The mission of Arts Empower is to ensure a high-quality arts education for every student, supported through the collective impact of a motivated community of arts advocates. The vision is for every student in San Diego County to be engaged in a personally relevant, equitable, standards-based arts education. Arts Empower San Diego wants to make it easier for you to take action in support of arts education.  Each month you will find a new set of weekly social media posts as well as a short paragraph supporting arts education for other types of communication when you visit our website. Share the social media posts using the hashtag #ArtsEmpowerSD and #theArtsMatter, and encourage your community to do the same!

Call for Poetry: Resiliency Through and Emerging from the Pandemic

SDCOE, in association with David’s Harp and Write Out Loud, is calling for original poems from students in grades K-12 that address the theme Resiliency Through and Emerging From the Pandemic. This is a great way for students of all ages to express their experience of the pandemic. Poems can be based on real experiences or fictional imaginings, and all entries will be collected into a digital magazine for distribution. Free workshops are available upon request. The submission deadline is Feb. 28. For more information visit the Write Out Loud website
Introduction to Arts Integration Professional Learning – Build an awareness of how arts integration using theatre strategies can activate your curriculum in any content area. This online, asynchronous course developed by the La Jolla Playhouse will guide educators through a deep understanding of the value of standards based arts integration, how to develop an ensemble mindset in the classroom, assessment through the arts, and ways to connect community arts organizations to schools. Course includes example lesson plans, teacher testimony, and resources to guide arts integration into standards based curriculum. This course was designed in collaboration through the Kennedy Center Partners in Education partnership between the La Jolla Playhouse, the Chula Vista Elementary School District, and the San Diego County Office of Education with funding provided by the CCSESA Arts Initiative. This free course has already been taken by seventy educators and teaching artists and is available upon request using this link.

Region 10 Riverside County Office of Education – Louisa Higgins, Regional Arts Lead

The arts are flourishing in Mono County schools! Mono Arts Council is continuing to expand arts programs throughout Mono County. While we saw a significant decrease in funding from the California Arts Council for education programs, MAC has actually increased programming throughout the county. Thanks to the support of Mono County Office of Education, we continue to provide our Create with the Greats program to all schools, five times per school year. Each classroom is visited by a skilled teaching artist, where they learn about a Legendary Artist and then create a piece of art based on that same artist’s work. The lessons are also layered with social-emotional learning prompts. For the first time ever, we are providing an in-school dance program at Mammoth Middle School, called Dance Appreciation. The students are being taken through the evolution of dance through the ages, all the while learning fun and easy dance steps. We are also excited to bring a Cultural Arts Program to the students of the Eastern Sierra Unified School District. Students there will spend a week learning Afro Brazilian culture through percussion, dance, and art. We are also continuing our arts program at the Jan Work Community School, Art Acts. Students there have been learning visual arts throughout the year and soon will start weekly music lessons. On top of all this, we are providing after-school arts opportunities for students in Mammoth Lakes and Walker/Coleville. We are hoping to offer these opportunities to our remaining communities once the pandemic lessens and we are able to open up some of our usual spaces again. 

Riverside County is pleased to make available their Arts Framework training called “Demystifying the Framework”.  This two hour training is now available online on the RCOE VAPA webpage.  It is free of charge and has handouts available for use while watching the training.  Upcoming webinars include a fine arts workshop on Pet Silhouettes presented by artists Joan Black and Dennis Johnson, as well as the second session of Indigenous Children’s Literature and Art Series.  The second annual Virtual Instrumental and Virtual Choir Festivals will once again be offered to music students throughout the County in February.  This year will include both solo and ensemble submissions.

Region 11 Los Angeles County Office of Education – Jeannine Flores, Regional Arts Lead

Los Angeles

The latest webinar for Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms is on Media Literacy. It was presented by Scott Moss, a LACOE Instructional Technology Outreach Coordinator.

In this webinar, how to address media literacy skills for elementary students is presented. By expanding the traditional notions of literacy through media analysis and production, we will provide students opportunities to acquire vital skills, such as critical thinking, communication, creativity, empathy, and collaboration.  Analysis and production aspects of media literacy are modeled.

Scott Moss has worked in K-12 education for 30 years and in higher education for 20 years. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Scott is a Google Certified Innovator and a CUE Lead Learner. He’s earned the Time Warner National Teacher and the Classroom of the Future Foundation’s Innovative Educator Awards. Scott presents at local, state, and international conferences. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at UCLA.

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) collaborated to bring high quality arts integration professional learning to support Media Arts in Los Angeles County and across the state. The Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms Project provides foundational skills and instruction in various Media Arts contents. Please access Creativity at the Core Module 23 here. You can watch the entire Media Literacy presentation here.

Promising Learners Project (PLP) Academy December Highlights
In December 2021, the Promising Learners Project (PLP) Academy was held in the beautiful Baldwin Park Unified Performing Arts Center and was a grand success. The Academy was a hybrid professional development learning experience for TK-3rd grade staff, teachers, and administrators at our PLP school sites in Baldwin Park, Keppel, Monrovia, and Norwalk-La Mirada school districts. Each attendee could attend this engaging professional development experience in person or via Zoom. The attendees experienced valuable engagement strategies for both dance and music. Leeav Sofer, Founder and Artistic Director of the Urban Voices Project, opened the event with Healing Centered Engagement Through Songshare. Vici Cope, Elementary Lead Teacher in Tustin Unified, Created Musical Moments that Count in the Classroom. Devin Holliman, Programs & Curriculum Director for Conga Kids, provided Engagement and Regulation Strategies Through Social Dance with fellow teaching artists LaMar Baylor and Irani Da Silva.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) in the Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services is in its second year of this 3-year grant project. The project, entitled the Promising Learners Project (PLP), supports creating positive learning experiences through a Multi-Tiered System of Support using Social-Emotional Learning and the arts at a total of 11 school sites and 110 classrooms. This grant was awarded through the California Department of Education’s Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) in the fall of 2020 and focuses on youth in foster care and youth that are homeless in TK-3rd grade.

Media Arts Integration Professional Learning Series

Media Arts is the newest artform recognized in the California Arts Standards. There are Media Arts standards for PK through grade 12. But where is a teacher to start? In this series, teachers will gain confidence and skills to integrate media arts into their classroom. Standards for the Arts, English Language Development, and the Common Core will be foundational to the learning.

New Session Added! Media Literacy with Scott Moss

Explore how to address media literacy skills for elementary students. By expanding the traditional notions of literacy through media analysis and production, we provide students opportunities to acquire vital skills, such as critical thinking, communication, creativity, empathy, and collaboration. This session will model both the analysis and production aspects of media literacy for elementary age students.

Scott Moss has worked in K-12 education for 30 years and in higher education for 20 years. Scott currently works as an Instructional Technology Outreach Coordinator at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He’s earned the Time Warner National Teacher and the Classroom of the Future Foundation’s Innovative Educator Awards. Scott presents at local, state, and international conferences.

This series highlights the CCSESA Creativity at the Core Module 23 and is made possible through a partnership with CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative.   
Interactive flyer with links is HERE. PDF flyer HERE.



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  1. Supporting academic achievement and continuous improvement.
  2. Developing collaborative leadership approaches that are equity focused and culturally responsive.
  3. Providing leadership for California initiatives impacting instruction and student achievement:


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