September/October 2020-21 ARTS SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT


September/October 2020-21

Inside this Report

– CISC/Arts Subcommittee Members
Creativity at the Core Professional Learning Modules
– CCSESA Arts Update
– State Arts Update
– The California Arts Project (TCAP) Update
– Professional Development Opportunities
– Regional Highlights
Counties on the Move Publication
– CISC Committee Goals


Curriculum and Instruction Arts Subcommittee Chair
Dr. Gary Waddell, Assistant Superintendent, Equity & Educational Progress Division & Public Affairs

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Statewide Arts Initiative
Sarah Anderberg, Director

California Department of Education (CDE)
Diane Crum, Education Programs Assistant
Letty Kraus, Education Programs Consultant
Allison Frenzel, Education Programs Consultant

The California Arts Project (TCAP)
Kristine Alexander, Executive Director

Regional Arts Leads

REGION 1 Arts Lead
Stacy Young
Humboldt County Office of Education

REGION 2 Arts Lead
Jennifer Spangler
Butte County Office of Education

REGION 3 Arts Lead
Dr. L. Steven Winlock
Sacramento County Office of

REGION 4 Arts Lead
Derek Fenner
Alameda County Office of

REGION 5 Arts Lead
Sofia Fojas
Santa Clara County Office of

REGION 6 Arts Lead
Amy Bultena
Stanislaus County Office of Education

REGION 7 Arts Co-Lead
Aaron Bryan
Fresno County Superintendent of

REGION 7 Arts Co-Lead
Kate Stover
Tulare County Office of

REGION 8 Arts Lead
Anna Belitski
Ventura County Office of

REGION 9 Arts Lead
Pauline Crooks
San Diego County Office of Education

REGION 10 Arts Lead
Armalyn De La O
San Bernardino County Superintendent of

REGION 11 Arts Lead
Jeannine Flores
Los Angeles County Office of Education

List of Regional and County Arts Leads

Click here to view and/or download complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads


New Module
CCSESA is pleased to announce the launch of Creativity at the Core Module 22:California Arts Standards for Public Schools: Resources for Learning & Implementation developed by San Diego County Office of Education and Santa Clara County Office of Education. This Module will provide educators with an overall understanding of the California Arts Standards structure and purpose as well as the opportunity to do a deep study into one or more arts disciplines. Hats off to Pauline Crooks (San Diego), Sofia Fojas (Santa Clara) and Jeannine Flores (formerly from Santa Clara and now at LACOE).

Check out the full suite of modules developed by Regional Arts Leads and Arts Organization Partners

Explore CCSESA’s statewide programCreativity at the Core. Here you will find professional learning modules focused on many key topics that support arts learning and Common Core Standards. You will see how regional teams including Regional Arts Leads from across California and key Arts Organization Partners collaborated on professional learning materials that we hope you will be able to use in your own educational and arts settings.

Plans are underway to continue to expand the Creativity at the Core resources and update some of the earlier modules with new information. During the 2020-21 academic year, some of CCSESA’s CISC /Arts Subcommittee members will be working on the following modules:

Module 4: Alameda COE – Creativity in Court and Community Schools (Grades 6-12)

Module 5: Santa Clara COE – ACTOS Arts Integration Culturally Responsive Arts Learning Across the Curriculum Tied to Common Core (Grades K-8)

Module 14: Fresno CSS – Arts Integration as a Model of Rigorous Instruction: Connecting Arts Learning with the Common Core State Standards

Module 23: Los Angeles COE – Media Arts for Elementary Classroomsnew resources to support distance and online learning and professional development

Module 24: Butte & Stanislaus COEs – Visual Arts and Distance Learningnew online module aligned to the California State Standards


CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)

On October 27, 2020, the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative held the 2nd meeting of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN). Building on the success of the 2019-20 Rural County Arts Cohort, we have been working to expand access by creating the CCSESA Rural Arts Network. Join us to learn, share your voice, and expand the field’s understanding of the specific strengths and challenges of our rural areas as we continue to work to offer equitable, accessible arts education for students across the state. If you haven’t yet joined the network, we invite you to attend our next meeting on December 8, 2020 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Click HERE to read the initial announcement regarding the CCSESA Rural Arts Network.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:
December 8, 2020 – Jan 26, 2021
Feb 23, 2021 – Mar 23, 2021 – Apr 27, 2021

Art of Everything Leadership Series

SAVE THE DATE – On January 15, 2021, CCSESA Arts Initiative will partner with CREATE CA in sponsoring a five part leadership series focused on the book written by Dr. Gary Waddell entitled The Art of Everything. Join us on the 3rd Friday at 9:30 a.m. January through June to participate in this interactive series focused on key elements of leadership. We encourage you to invite leaders to join us in this important opportunity. Course credit will be available through CSU San Marcos.

Registration page opening soon!  

Rural Arts Education Webinar: Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times

SAVE THE DATE – February 5, 2021

Gain greater understanding of the rural context by engaging with national expert, Dr. Lisa Donovan. Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is a professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Learn a mapping process based on a metaphorical frame of Emerald City to uncover key components to consider when expanding arts education in rural communities. Engage in interactive processes and network with other leaders from across the state. Walk away with your own custom map that begins to shape strategies.

Registration page opening soon!  

California Superintendents Join Public Media Stations across California Public Media Education Service

California educators are facing new and unprecedented challenges this school year, and public media stations across the state have teamed up to provide free, high-quality educational services to all regions. California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), together with KQED, PBS SoCal and eight other public media stations have joined together to create the California Public Media Education Service. Now, regardless of what geographical region they’re in, educators can take advantage of free digital resources and online events offered by public media from across the state, all collected in one, easy to navigate place. For more information, CLICK HERE

Rural Arts Education Strategies on October 22, 2020 Featured Key Rural Leaders

On October 22, 2020, the California Alliance for Arts Education and CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative partnered to sponsor the Rural Arts Education Strategies webinar featuring rural leaders from across the state. Some of the presenters were: Tim Taylor (CA Small School Districts Association); Kate Stover (Tulare); Queana Givens-Jarvis (Imperial); Dione Fletcher (Humboldt); and Brian Buckley (Nevada).

You can access a recording of the webinar HERE and the slide deck HERE. To the left is the graphic representation of the webinar created by Tracy Nguyen‘s graphic facilitator.

CCSESA Partnered with the California State PTA, CREATE CA, and CDE

Arts Education in the New Normal: Essential Resources for Right Now

On October 29 at 4:30 pm state partners shared about the newest resources and essential information about Arts Education in the new landscape of Distance Learning. Participants were able to access the newly revised Parent’s Guide to Arts Education in California Public Schools.

Featured speakers included:   
Erin Jenks, California State PTA;
Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative;
Letty Kraus, California Department of Education;
Aaron Bryan, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools; and
Pat Wayne, Create CA

CCSESA Arts Newsletters

Read September Arts Newsletter HERE
Read October Arts Newsletter HERE



Join @PCrooks_VAPA, @VAPAJeannine, @aaronbryan, and other arts education leaders from across the state for the #CaArtsEdChat, a Twitter Chat held every Wednesday from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. We’re growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Join us as we discuss topics such as: the newly adopted CA Arts Framework; integrating the arts and technology; arts and anti-racism; and much more! New to Twitter, or just want to learn more about the Twitter Chat or see the questions in advance? Visit

California Department of Education – 2021 Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) recommended the Instructional Materials Reviewers and Content Review Experts for the 2021 Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption to the State Board of Education (SBE). The SBE will then consider and take action to appoint applicants at their meeting in January.

Thanks to the CCSESA Regional Arts Leads who helped to get the word out and thanks to those who submitted applications as well! You can see the full agenda and list of applicants under consideration posted on the IQC website HERE.

Thanks to the CCSESA Regional Arts Leads who helped to get the word out and thanks to those who submitted applications as well! You can see the full agenda and list of applicants under consideration posted on the IQC website HERE.

California Department of Education – 2020 STEAM Symposium

Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF) is proud to announce the 2020 California STEAM Symposium is moving online! To best serve educators’ needs, CDEF is convening the same great Symposium participants know and love in a virtual venue. Mark December 11th-13th, 2020 on the calendar for another wonderful year of inspiration, collaboration, and professional learning. 
Pre-Conference: Celebrating Teachers and The Art of Teaching
The #CASTEAM20 Pre-Conference is designed to celebrate educators as they teach, inspire, and positively impact students’ lives. This is a dynamic event with live speakers for attendees to interact with, healthy wellness activities, and opportunities to engage with fellow educators. Registering for the STEAM Symposium gives you access to the Pre-Conference events. LEARN MORE HERE.

California Department of Education – AME

The new AME website has launched a News, Updates and Events page and there are weekly opportunities posted for secondary arts and AME programs.  Also check out the events calendar HERE. Please email any arts related professional development or student event to and we will post on the calendar. Also, please join the email list at the bottom of the page HERE for exciting news and opportunities.

New AME Program announcement!  The AME Hip Hop Education and Equity Initiative is now official, and it is the first ever, state-funded Hip Hop Education initiative!  The initiative was established to address teacher shortage and retention issues in high-need schools by establishing a pipeline for aspiring teaching artists and Hip Hop professionals interested in becoming credentialed educators and industry partners in career technical education (CTE) programs in the arts, media, and entertainment (AME) industry sector and beyond. Core elements of the initiative involve recruitment of aspiring educators, support with job placement, and the establishment of an ongoing system of support and training for Designated Subjects CTE credential candidates.  The program also includes the development of culturally responsive course outlines and curriculum, and the establishment of two model programs serving urban middle and high school students.  The Hip Hop Education and Equity Initiative will launch with initial programs in Compton Unified School District and View Park Preparatory Charter High School in South Central Los Angeles. 

Create CA – Create Change

As California’s largest statewide coalition dedicated to the arts in schools, we raise public awareness to ensure creativity is a priority in public education. Every student needs a full and relevant arts education. In a state with one of the world’s largest creative economies, the arts are essential. Without equitable access to arts education, California’s students are not reaching their full potential. Join us to make sure every California School is a creative school.

Check out the Create CA Resources web-page for a complete list of the latest resources including links to videos and webinar recordings on a variety of topics including the launch of the new PTA Parent Guide to the Arts Standards, and the Arts & Social Emotional Learning.

Coming soon: 2021 Launch of “Create Change” to welcome newly seated as well as re-elected school board members and insure continued support for arts education. You can stay in the loop and learn how you can participate by subscribing to the campaign newsletter and following us on Facebook and/or Twitter. #CreateChange

Visit the Create CA Resources Page for the latest tools to support the work! and


The California Arts Project’s From a Distance Professional Learning Upcoming Fall Offerings
TCAP network’s primary concern is the safety of the students, educators, and community members. The TCAP Statewide Leadership and Professional Learning Center and all TCAP Regional Sites are working remotely following their specific campus guidelines and offering TCAP “From a Distance Professional Learning”. From a Distance programs provide support for teachers in teaching the arts in hybrid, face-to-face, or in distance learning formats. The programs can also bridge to face-to-face professional leaning when conditions allow. As health announcements are monitored, the status of programs may change. Please email for more information on any of TCAP’s programs or services and visit The California Arts Project Facebook page.

Click HERE to read about the many offerings of TCAP


UPDATE – Please note that events listed below are currently open for registration and that event organizers continue to monitor current federal and state health guidelines.


December 3, 2020
3:00-5:00 pm
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms – Session 2PHOTOGRAPHY
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education

December 7-8, 2020
California STEAM Symposium
Presented by California Department of Education


January 7, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms – Session 3 VIDEO
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education

January 15, 2021 – SAVE THE DATE
The Art of Everything
Presented by the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and Create CA


February 4, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms – Session 4 AUDIO
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education

February 5, 2021 SAVE THE DATE
Rural Arts Education Webinar: Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times
Presented by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative

MARCH 2021

March 4, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms – Session 5 STORYTELLING
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education

March 25, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms – Session 6 CELEBRATION
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education

MAY 2021

May 22, 2021 – SAVE THE DATE
2:00-4:00 pm
California Student Media Festival (CSMF)

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: In Del Norte County, eighteen teachers continue to participate in the Arts & Creativity Incentive (ACI) grant.  At eight different school sites, covering grades K through 8, the members of this enthusiastic cohort serve as role models across California’s largest county by geography.  As they start the school year entirely on-line, given the local Covid-19 precautions, teachers are busy modifying their first ACI projects to reach students at a distance.

This summer Julie Smiley took over the coordination of Del Norte County’s ACI grant.  Serving last year as the county’s Teaching Artist, she gladly brings familiarity with the local teachers and school sites.  With her teaching credential from Humboldt State, she has taught high school in Del Norte, Humboldt, and San Francisco counties.  Smiley holds a Masters of Arts Education from Ohio State, and continues to also work as a fine artist. 

Born and raised in Del Norte county, Julie returned with her children from the Bay Area in 2016 to enjoy the county as their “big backyard” with no commute. Having grown up herself in a place so remote from large institutions for the arts, such as museums and performance spaces, she recognizes the importance of growing the county’s students’ participation in creative processes, awareness of the arts, and its long history within diverse cultures.

Humboldt: Humboldt is reimagining their arts programs. Schools to Theatre is now Theatre to Schools, “Zoom Around the World”. HCOE is paying the playhouse directly instead of reimbursing schools for ticket and bus costs. You can watch live on Friday’s at 11:00 a.m. or you can find recorded works at their website  October was Hispanic Heritage month so those presentations are primarily in Spanish with actors from all over the world. Additionally, HCOE is working with North Coast CMEA to hold their 65th All County Music Festival virtually. HCOE is planning the online Regional Arts Forum, “Creative Education Symposium – Strengthening SEL with Arts” for April 3, 2021. The region Arts & Creativity Initiative (ACI) is continuing to support 93 teachers across the 4 counties with weekly activities and bi-monthly professional development. A pandemic photo contest for all Humboldt students TK-16 ran the month of October. All of their presentations and materials are at

Lake: Teaching artists are going into zoom classes and doing demo lessons. They are unique because the teaching artists have a performance background and are able to incorporate movement into the arts lessons.  They are also finding ways to add a different perspective at times, or share fun theatre exercises with teachers in the big ACI meetings. In addition, the teaching artists are creating a lesson plan to compliment Reading Art, which will engage the students through acting exercises, but reinforce facial expressions. They are finding that this bolsters students’ emotional literacy, a skill which many schools are focusing on through Social Emotional Learning Curriculum. The teaching artists are also working on a short video lesson that may be used in classrooms.

Mendocino: Aaron Carter, Director Continuous Improvement at Mendocino County Office of Education is currently the VAPA lead for Mendocino County.  It is exciting to be back in the VAPA role, as this was one of the first assignments I was given when I first started here at MCOE as an Educational Specialist.  Our current VAPA work includes:  *actively working with the ACI Grant by supporting the teachers with the technology needs around this grant requirement.  *This summer was a huge success with our teachers attending the Professional Development hosted by the ACI grant – using the Close Reading strategy in art is critical in learning how to read art.  County programming:  Get Arts in the School program is getting ready to launch.  

COVID19 has definitely redefined what school means, but we are finding that our Districts, staff, parents, and students have persevered and are creating a new normal that still puts our students at the center of each decision.

Looking forward to an awesome year building on the collaborative structures within our County, Region, and State.

Sonoma: The Sonoma County Office of Education in conjunction with the Arts Education Alliance is working with five grantees to implement their comprehensive Arts Education Plans.  The five grantees are : West Side School outside of Healdsburg; Santa Rosa City Elementary Schools; Taylor Mountain Elementary and Bellevue Elementary in Bellevue School District; and McNear Elementary School in Petaluma City Schools.  SCOE is also participating the CRAN, CCSESA Rural Arts Network, seeking to increase access to arts education in our rural schools and districts.  SCOE is exploring ways in which we can make our Five Minute Film Festival and S.T.E.A.M. Showcase go virtual this year.

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

Butte COE Facilitates VAPA Teacher Discussion Forums
In order to access the impact of remote learning on VAPA teachers in Butte County, a Discussion Forum was held on September 29. We invited single subject teachers from all disciplines (visual, performing, and media arts) from K-12 grade levels. Eighteen teachers attended. All grade levels were represented.  School districts represented were from Chico, Paradise, Gridley, and Oroville. We utilized the FunRetro tool to record breakout sessions that asked teachers the following:

How has distance learning impacted the way you teach?
Describe 2-3 tools you are using to support teaching in a distance learning world.
How has your administration supported the continuation of art classes at your school?

We were somewhat surprised to find out that teachers, universally, had a positive attitude of the teaching experience so far this term. They enjoyed learning new technologies and tools for use in the remote classroom. Teacher feedback at the end of the session indicated that they appreciated the opportunity to meet new teachers and they would like to attend a forum in January to re-cap the first semester and to compare notes on what is in store for the second semester. Because most of these teachers were visual arts teachers, a few were drama and one was music we intend to offer our second forum on December 9 to will target music teachers.

Butte COE Completes Professional Development Series for Trauma Informed Teaching Artists in the Schools

Three 90-minute sessions via zoom included topics on the trauma informed classroom, social emotional learning competencies, SEL signature practices, arts integration, and the new California Arts Standards. Members from the Coordinated District Support team facilitated segments on SEL and Cultural Equity. Six visual artists, one musician, and two theatre artists participated. Since completing the workshops, these teaching artists have been invited to become part of the Teaching Artists in the Schools Directory that will be updated for 2021.

Teaching Artist, Bri Kerr is teaching two student and family painting nights at Oroville’s African American Family and Cultural Center in November via zoom. Each session emphasizes painting techniques on individual 12’x12’ canvases and symbolism and metaphor in the visual arts.

Shasta COE Arts Educator Focus Groups
County Arts Lead, Trudy Pellizzari, held the first quarterly Shasta County focus group for VAPA educators. The range of topics at the October 13 meeting included updates on the new Arts Standards Framework which was approved in July, exploration of Anti-bias and Anti-racism practices in arts education, and a deep dive into the new CCSESA professional learning module called California Arts Standards for Public Schools: Resources for Learning and Implementation. Planning was begun for a spring virtual show case of student work (TK – 12) in 2021. The next focus group will be January 21.

Trinity COE and Butte COE collaborate to bring more STEAM education to remote schools
Trinity COE will be expanding its STEAM Mobile Unit to include more STEAM lessons that emphasize the Arts. Tim Nordstrom, Trinity County Arts Lead and Cris Guenter, CSU Chico Professor Emerita in the School of Education, will develop lesson activities with an objective and an assessment to become part of the Mobile Unit. Some of these lessons will center on the Makey Makey kit, a set of which will be purchased for the Mobile Unit. Trinity county has used its Mobile Unit for about five years to provide access to STEAM activities and equipment to its most remote schools. Jennifer Spangler, Region 2 Arts Lead is facilitating this project.

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

Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
On October 15, 2020, the bi-annual Fall Distance Learning Arts Catalog was launched.  The catalog features Sacramento area Art Organizations that are offering art education to support schools, teachers, parents and students in their distance learning.  The offerings include virtual classes, assemblies, residencies and professional development for teachers.  SCOE plans to distribute catalogs each year in the spring and fall. 

The SCOE Arts COP, comprised of Sacramento Art Organizations and Sacramento area school districts, continues to meet monthly to collaborate and discuss art education.  During the meetings, both the school districts and the art organizations share updates around art education.  Each meeting highlights a school district in which they can share their districts’ art programs and goals with a power point presentation.  Our Art Organizations also share updates and the distance learning programs that they offer.  The Friends of the Arts, a local art organization, shared information about funding opportunities.  The goal of these meetings is to connect the school district and local art organizations to serve in a partnership in supporting the implementation of art education. 

An Arts Community of Practice is being developed that would include County Arts Leads from Region 3.  The purpose of the Regional County Arts Leads COP is to assist in the implementation of art education in our schools and districts in our regions.  This arts community of practice would allow us to share projects, professional development, best practices, implementation strategies, and support each other as we are all working on this goal.  The Regional County Arts Leads COP will meet via Zoom on a quarterly basis beginning in November 2020.

“Sacramento County Office of Education distributes the bi-annual Distance Learning Arts Catalog!  Over 4000 recipients in Sacramento schools and districts received the catalog with offerings from the Sacramento area Art Organizations.” VIEW CATALOG HERE

Region 4 Alameda County Office of Education – Derek Fenner, Regional Arts Lead

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)
Region 4 County Arts Leads met on October 28, 2020. This year Region 4 and Region 5 Leads, Derek Fenner and Sofia Fojas will encourage a collaboration across the two neighboring regions serving eleven counties. They will hold two webinars that highlight important issues in arts education as well as spotlight work happening across the two regions. 

County arts leads from both regions will be given an opportunity to work on the planning and implementation of one of the two webinars. They will receive a small budget to book any speakers for the webinar, as well as funding to pay for any leaders or educators they want to spotlight in the webinar from their counties. 

This webinar series will take place in March, 2021 during Art is Education Month. The topics of the webinars will be: Anti-Racist Arts Education, and The Arts and Climate Awareness/Change.

Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)
CCOE Arts Education is continuing to facilitate collaboration times for arts educators across Contra Costa County during the 2020-21 school year to share ideas in the five arts disciplines. Some of the focused topics include lessons and curricula, assessment practices, tech tools, and arts celebrations and showcases. We are continuing to update our list of distance learning resources by various arts discipline in our document, CCCOE Arts Resources for Distance Learning

CCCOE is proud to partner with the Diablo Regional Arts Association to present the premiere of High School Notes A Capella virtual concert on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7 PM. This concert, presented by Kaiser Permanente, features eight of our county’s high school choral groups. The event will be emceed and directed by Deke Sharon, producer of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and arranger/director/producer of “Pitch Perfect” films. For more information and to watch the free virtual concert, go to

Marin County Office of Education has partnered with Youth in Arts to create a series of videos designed for teachers to use with their students.  The purpose is two fold: dance and movement integrated with the five core components of social emotional learning.  The videos are in both Spanish and English and accessible for all students via the Marin County Distance Learning Portal.  In addition, lessons and additional activities are available for teachers to implement with their students to build upon the videos.  These videos will serve as the foundation for students to explore their emotions and to make connections to their relationships with others. 

San Mateo County Office of Education
The day-long, annual Arts Institute for teachers has grown to include more than 100 teachers from across the county and provides educators with an opportunity to connect with each other, participate in workshops with experts from a variety of fields, and tackle important topics.

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

Santa Clara County Office of Education
Now that we are well into the first semester, there has been work dedicated to data collection about arts education in Santa Clara County with deep discussions with the Artspiration team about the stories we want to tell that are unique to our county.  As districts are navigating distance learning, our team is convening arts teachers and teaching artists around equity and the arts and culturally responsive teaching.

We are just coming off the excitement of the Marion Cilker Conference for the Arts in Education. It is a conference for teachers and pre-service teachers dedicated to integrating the arts into the curriculum predominantly for K-8 teachers.  Dr. Mary Ann Dewan made opening remarks, and Chike Nwoffiah of Oriki Theatre and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival provided an inspirational keynote on Friday, setting the tone for the conference.  On Saturday, the conference opened with a panel discussion, “A Call for Teacher Creativity:  On and Off Line.” Susan Verducci of San Jose State moderated the discussion with Gina Murriera, professor in the Creative Department joined by Kara Ireland D’Ambrosio, Field Experience Director at San Jose State, and Sheila Cliff, music teacher at Mountain School. This year there was a strong emphasis on culturally responsive teaching and learning, social emotional learning and self-care. There were 341 participants attending workshops in theatre, dance, music and visual arts with presenters from the San Mateo COE, Community School of Music and Art, Red Ladder Theatre, Black Boy Poems, Children’s Discovery Museum, Studio Pathways, the Santa Clara COE, Quinteto Latino, San Jose Jazz and the African American Shakespeare Company.

Artspiration of the Santa Clara County Office of Education is also partnering with SV Creates in redesigning the ArtsEdConnects program of mini-grants to teachers. This year, teaching artists were trained and given resources on best practice in delivering culturally responsive strategies for teaching the arts on a virtual platform. Thanks to Miko Lee and her team with the Teaching Artists’ Guild!Artspiration is continuing to host a community of practice led by two of our team members: Aimee Espiritu and Kati Silva. For questions, contact Kati Silva at, Aimee Espiritu at or for registration, contact Esther Chong at

Monterey County Office of Education
High school students across our county have been working on digital media projects to support the CENSUS 2020 movement. Students developed the scripts, filmed the speakers and supported the creative editing and production process. Filming took place with only 2-3 people at a time to ensure health and safety guidelines and maximum physical distance.

The school year is just getting going, and many districts were postponed due to the fires, but we are looking forward to arts integration lessons within our distance learning programs. Teachers are planning for creative ways to increase student learning and engagement through remote visual arts lessons.

We have several large projects coming up in the fall and will include in our next update.

Santa Cruz County Office of Education 

Weekly Music, Visual Arts, and Theater Teachers’ On-Going Meetings
During this time of Distance Learning, we all need all of the support we can get  —whether it be for learning new tech platforms or engagement strategies such as Nearpod and Jamboard; acquiring new games such as Kahoot; experimenting with ways to get our students to show us their beautiful faces even for a moment; exploring hybrid learning; or connecting with our colleagues to share our challenges and sweet successes. Every week, the teachers from the different Arts disciplines meet to talk about these topics. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Santa Cruz COE in Collaboration with the Santa Cruz Symphony and Carnegie Hall present  Link Up Orchestra Rocks!
Once again this year, we are partnering to bring the Orchestra Rocks to our county’s 4-5th grade students. We offer ongoing professional development to our teachers and teaching artists throughout our community.

Kuumbwa Artist Workshops & Residencies
We are very fortunate to have a partnership with Kuumbwa Jazz Santa Cruz. During this time of Distance Learning, they are bringing a series of educational videos to our music classrooms called Artist In the Schools. Additionally, they are working with music teachers in the winter and spring to bring workshops and residencies to the Zoom classroom.

Poetry Out Loud 2021
Santa Cruz COE will once again be bringing Poetry Out Loud to our high schools students. This year, Poetry Out Loud is doing the “Pandemic Pivot” and shifting to a virtual format. We are looking forward to supporting our students in engaging in the art form of Poetry.

San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE)
The SBCOE’s Annual Arts Showcase will be held Thursday, February 18, 2021 This year’s theme is “Storytelling: Exploring Identity Through the Arts.” The showcase is open to all K-12 Visual, Media, Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts submissions! This year the COE will be providing teacher and student support classes around this year’s theme. SBCOE’s STEAM EXPO will be held Thursday, March 18, 2021. This year’s theme is “Ignite Your Imagination! Exploring Curiosity and Creativity through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.” The STEAM EXPO is open to all K-12students. Informational packets will be available soon.

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

Stanislaus County Office of Education is leading many efforts in support of arts education. This works includes the following:

-Partnering with local arts organizations to provide targeted student opportunities for students to engage in the arts.

-Providing virtual fieldtrips to area students that integrate the arts.

-Partnering with the Stanislaus Union School District on year 4 of the Professional Development for Arts Education grant (PDAE) which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

-Partnering with the Butte COE to develop a new module for the CCSESA Creativity at the Core project about integrating Visual Art and History Social Science.

-Developed a website to support Arts teachers and distance learning

-Developed and shared a guidance document for region, county, and district leads about how to safely conduct Arts classes in the era of COVID-19.

-Developed an integration series about examining History Social Science Standards through the Lens of Visual Art.

-Offering quarterly “Fine Arts Teacher Collaboratives” wherein Arts teachers meet virtually build community and discuss strategies to support one another and student arts learning.

-Developed “Promising Practices on Demand,” a series of short videos designed to provide meaningful overviews and introductions to practices, skills, and techniques that support distance learning. So far, three of the videos support Arts learning.

-Working on transitioning three student art shows to be virtual events.

-Participating in the CCSESA Rural Arts Network with Amador and Tuolumne COEs.

-Currently offering the following VAPA workshops (between 11/4/2020 and 01/07/2021)

-Fall Y’all Art Integration

–Sketchnotes Workshop

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

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Professional Learning in the Arts – FCSS VAPA will be providing ongoing support for the Fresno County mountain communities impacted by the Creek Fire. FCSS VAPA, in partnership with FCSS PPS Dept., will be leading sessions for all school staff, including classified staff, integrating the arts to support social emotional learning. In addition, FCSS VAPA will be developing collaborative arts opportunities to allow the communities to engage in creativity together as a way to process and heal. For more information contact Aaron Bryan, FCSS VAPA Director,

Aaron Bryan, FCSS VAPA Director, has been selected as one of three finalists in Fresno County for the Fresno County Administrator of the Year award. The “Fresno County Educator of the Year” awards ceremony will take place on November 22, 6:30 PM, live on ABC 30. Along with Administrator of the Year, the Fresno County Classified Employee and Teacher of the Year will be named. In 2014, Aaron was a finalist for the Fresno County Teacher of the Year and was awarded the Barnett Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service.

Kings County Office of Education continues their county-wide Arts Newsletter, which allows districts to highlight ways the arts are being implemented within their district. Be sure to check out all of the exciting arts activities and learning taking place in Kings County by visiting the

Madera County Office of Education
Madera USD is excited to announce the opening of its newest school, Matilda Torres High School. Though the pandemic has impacted the opening of this new site, and all schools, students at MTHS will have rich opportunities in the arts, including a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Building.

Mariposa County Office of Education
The Mariposa County Arts Council is taking the lead on developing an Arts Now Community (California Alliance for Arts Education) for Mariposa, attending turn Alliance’s online Arts Now online convening in September and October and developing an Art Education Action Plan prioritizing objectives in MCOE’s newly created Strategic Arts Education Plan.

Working with teachers, administrators and community leaders we’ve nominated a number of students for membership in the new Highway 99 Youth Arts Council. A new CCSESA Region 7 initiative created to prioritize student voice.

Along with the Mariposa County Arts Council, MCOE is developing in-class virtual arts programming that complements creative placemaking projects happening at the county government level – focusing on restoring native flora and fauna in riparian ecosystems, reframing narratives surrounding the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation, and community wildfire mitigation strategies.

Merced County Office of Education
Strategic Arts Plan has been adopted
Direct Instruction to Students
Special Ed Instructors getting Arts PD

Tulare County Office of Education
Rural Arts Taking Center Stage – Tulare County Office of Education Arts Consultant Kate Stover was honored to represent Tulare County and California’s other rural counties as a featured presenter at the recent CCSESA Arts Initiative and California Alliance for Arts Education’s, “Rural Arts Education Strategies” webinar, held on October 22, 2020. Kate shared her work from Creativity at the Core Module 21 – “Creativity and Collaboration in Rural Communities.” She also detailed information on the two different ways that rural areas are defined by the US Census Bureau and by the US Department of Education (through the National Center for Education Statistics). Participants were surprised to learn that the US Census defines 57 of California’s  58 counties as rural areas, while the USDOE signifies that 52 counties have school districts that are classified as rural. Statewide, Tulare County has the most districts classified as rural (26).

Kate was also pleased to share similar information on rural county and district designations with the newly formed CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN). At the group’s October meeting, Kate walked participants through an interactive activity to determine just how rural their counties and school districts are. For more information about rural classifications and strategies for supporting rural and remote schools, contact Kate Stover –

Creative Civic Action: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – The six counties of Region 7 held their annual Best Results for English Learners Conference on November 3, 2020. This year’s version was held virtually over Zoom and attracted participants from across the region. TCOE Arts Consultant Kate Stover and TCOE History/Social Science Consultant Justin Paredes teamed up to present a session connecting the arts to civic learning and engagement. Bridging the Artistic Processes of the new California Arts Standards and the CLIC (Content, Literacy, Inquiry, Citizenship) topics in the History/Social Science Framework, the session focused on close reading of primary and secondary sources. The team shared resources from the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard’s Project Zero, and Teaching Tolerance. Among other artworks, participants had an opportunity to close read a sculpture and quotation from Susan B. Anthony. Because the conference was held on Election Day, Kate and Justin thought it was important to honor the contributions of the suffragettes and the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote.

Annual TCOE Student Art Exhibitions Going Virtual – Due to the ongoing pandemic and virtual learning, TCOE’s annual Student Art Exhibitions will be held online this year. Open to students in grades PK-12, the annual exhibitions showcase the county’s gifted young artists who create two- and three-dimensional pieces utilizing a variety of mediums. Instead of hosting two shows in the lobby of the Mooney Boulevard administration building, this year event coordinators will produce one online show held December 1 through February 28. A panel of local artists will judge all entries submitted to the virtual exhibition. Those pieces receiving a Best of Show award will be recognized in a special exhibition in March during Arts Education Month. Best of Show artwork will also be eligible for additional recognition as Best of the Best in Tulare County. For more information on the Student Art Exhibitions, visit

Region 8 Ventura County Office of Education – Anna Belitski, Regional Arts Lead

Given the current state of the school year and considering the demands of Distance Learning on teachers, students, and families, County Offices of Education are still holding off on offering their regular Arts programs. Kern County has postponed winter 2020 events but has scheduled events for 2021. Santa Barbara County has created a menu of virtual performance options to increase Arts engagement during Distance Learning. Ventura County has planned distance professional learning opportunities for educators and continues to promote virtual Arts opportunities

Kern County Superintendent of Schools
CANVAS courses – The Kern County Office of Education created online CANVAS Arts courses for students and teachers to support Arts education during the current pandemic. Find out more HERE.

Young People’s Concerts– The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, provides concerts for the youth of Kern County to support the music programs within the city school districts. The concerts are being planned for February 4, 2021 9:30 and 11:00, each lasting 45 minutes, at the Rabobank Convention Center. Contact the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra office for costs at (661) 323-7928.

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Arts Collaborative includes a group of artists, art educators and arts supporters committed to sustaining and growing arts education in San Luis Obispo County. The Collaborative has posted a variety of videos for students, teachers and families on their website. Learn more HERE.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art: Youth Art Classes – Workshops and classes at the Museum are currently cancelled. However, the museum has created prompts that allow students to explore and create visual arts at home. Families may visit the website for prompts as well as resources to discounted supplies. Prompts are updated weekly. Learn more HERE.

San Luis Obispo County Arts Council – SLO County Arts programs are temporarily postponed however they have an At-Home-Educational Resources page for teachers and families. Learn more HERE.

Cal Poly Band Fest – Nearly 300 Cal Poly students will virtually present the annual Bandfest concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020. Tickets to the virtual event are $5 and can be purchased online from the Performing Arts Center. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The event is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website, email or call 805-756-2406.

Santa Barbara County Office of Education (SBCOE) created an Arts Specific Covid-19 Response Guidance resource page support artists and arts education during the pandemic. Learn more HERE.

The Santa Barbara County Education Office – Children’s Creative Project serves both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo county schools with the following arts education programs during school hours. The project has created a resource page for virtual dance, music and theater offerings. Learn more HERE.

California Arts council Grants – The Arts Council is prioritizing this year’s grant funding to nurture and heal communities through the arts; to keep the doors of our arts and cultural institutions open; to protect jobs in the creative field; and to preserve our cultural heritage, our stories and our culture bearers. These grants feature new funding, including general operating support as well support for project based activities. Learn more HERE.

Ventura County Office of Education – The Ventura County Arts Network (VCAN) was founded by the Ventura County Office of Education to provide a forum for arts educators and community members to celebrate accomplishments, share best practices, investigate resources and tools, and explore future collaborations. It is also an opportunity to hear what is going on at the state and local level. Currently meetings will provide resources and learnings around distance learning and the Arts. Learn more HERE.

Meetings are 2020, January 11, 2021 and March 16, 2021, all to be held virtually.

In partnership with The California Arts Project, Ventura County Office of Education will be offering a professional learning series to support Visual Arts with Home Objects in Winter of 2021. Dates and times to be determined.

Artists in the Classroom is a residency program offering eight-week programs for every K-8 school in the county. Professional visual, dance, music, poet and performing artist educators teach children of all ages. Many instructors bring a multi-cultural and historical awareness to lessons, helping students gain an understanding of their own cultures and other cultures, past and present. Learn more HERE.

While The Ventura County Museum of Art is currently closed, all events will be held virtually. Students may explore the museum’s collection online as well as engage in virtual learning modules.

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

The Imperial County Office of Education reconvened their arts education strategic planning committee who will continue to meet to monitor and advise on the plan implementation.

Louisa Higgins, Arts Coordinator at Riverside COE, gave of her time and talent to provide a 4-session series aimed at elementary educators. Completed session four on November 3rd and we are already brainstorming how we might work together in the future. 

Queana Givens-Jarvis participated on the Rural Arts Strategies Webinar Panel hosted by the California Alliance for Arts Education.

Region 9 County Arts Leads have established a relationship and are committed to meeting monthly in preparation rolling out the Arts Standards and Framework

VSA Orange County, also on Facebook, is currently featuring their virtual traveling show titled “arts on the move.” The VSA “Be Brave, Be Kind, Be You!” Theme Art Contest is open to all Orange County Special Education Students PreK-12. The VSA “Fall in Love with Art” Fundraiser  is open to all and will be a parent and child canvas painting virtual workshop, on Saturday, November 14th 10 a.m. – 12 p.m

The OCArts4All Teacher Network for November will consist of six sharing sessions the second and third weeks of November with presentations by Orange County Arts Teachers from multiple districts. Come join us! registration is free at this link.

Orange County Orff is on Facebook and has two sessions coming up. One on January 23, with Doug Goodkin titled “Teach Like It’s Music” and the other on March 16 for their annual “Chapter Share.”

OCArts4All – OCDE has launched a 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, and Twitter @Arts4Oc #OCArts4All

Arts Now Communities -OCDE is partnering with Arts Orange County to bring the California Alliance for Arts Education’s program called “Arts Now Communities” to Orange County. This wonderful program provides resources and strategic coaching to support effective advocacy at both the district and county levels.  Orange County Arts Now Community Launch will be in November – this will be an initial gathering of Arts Now Community Leaders. Orientation and introductions, sharing of successes, resources, supporting their discussions to establish district-specific goals.

OCMAA & Arts Organization Education Departments – Each month OCDE hosts three collaborative meetings to support programs and providers of arts education. All districts and arts organizations meet together to receive updated information from OCDE, share updates on their programs and collaborate regarding the annual “OCMAA Awards” event. Both districts and arts organization education departments also meet with OCDE separately to discuss issues specific to their work. 

Orange County Cappies – OCDE has a long history of partnering with the Orange County Cappies, a writing and awards program that trains high school theater and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. 

Arts Orange County is launching this year’s Poetry Out Loud annual Poetry Recitation competition for grades 9 – 12.  Each year schools and community organizations host competitions for their local winner.  Those local winners compete at OCDE in an annual county-wide competition to select the Orange County winner who will compete at the state finals.  This year all POL competitions in California will be held virtually and the county winner will be presented with a cash prize!

San Diego County Office of Education

Arts Education Curriculum Units – The San Diego County Office of Education Curriculum and Instruction, Multilingual Education and Global Achievement, and Innovation Departments have collaborated to design distance learning units of study in grades K-12 that are focused on grade level essential learnings in each content area. These units were purposefully designed to integrate content, provide flexibility and choice. The units of study connect content in the following areas: ELA, ELD, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Science, Arts, Computer Science, and Physical Education through integrated study in K-5 and thematic units in grades 6 through high school. Assessment opportunities (formative and summative) and student feedback are embedded and intentionally developed. These open-source units are being developed in Google to ensure maximum flexibility for districts to use them with their preferred distance learning instructional platform. The units are available here: 

San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community – SDCOE and the Southern Counties California Arts Project (SouthCAP) partner in facilitating the San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community. This community of TK-12 school district arts leaders investigate arts education topics and current research, to maintain awareness of issues and policies impacting arts education in California.  The community provides a system of support for arts leaders to share, reflect, problem solve, and learn from each other, especially in our current circumstances with shifting contexts in face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid models of instruction.

Arts Empower San Diego Mega Rally – This year, COVID-19 sent the annual Arts Empower Mega Rally in Balboa Park online to be reimagined in a virtual format. The one-hour event featured inspirational videos and messages by arts educators for San Diego arts educators. Our keynote speakers included Emilie Amrien from the University of San Diego and Brandon Steppe from David’s Harp Foundation. We heard from representatives of our arts education organizations – the California Art Education Association, the California Dance Education Association, the California Music Educators Association Southern Border Section, and the San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance.  Paula Richardson, Wilson Middle School music teacher and one of the five 2021 San Diego County Teachers of the Year, inspired us to continue adapting to our current circumstances because our students need the arts! Finally, San Diego Unified’s VAPA Director Russ Sperling delivered a poignant, powerful, and practical advocacy message we all needed to hear. Speaking of advocacy, please share your stories of how the arts empower you and/or your students by visiting the Arts Empower website and if you’re on Twitter, please connect with @ArtsEmpowerSD and use #ArtsEmpowerSD.  Whether or not you were able to join us live on Oct. 15, you can watch a video of the event on YouTube to hear from teachers, leaders, and best of all – students who are using the arts to thrive during this difficult time.

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 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, in partnership with The Southern Counties California Arts Project (SouthCAP), assists districts throughout San Diego County in writing and implementing Strategic Arts Education Plans.  Fourteen school districts, serving sixty seven percent of the students in the county, have written strategic plans since Arts Empower first began this work in 2012.  Arts Empower facilitates all phases of the strategic planning process including advocating for a district plan, guiding districts in preparing and executing strategic planning, and supporting a district’s internal evaluation of its plan and subsequent actions. 

Region 10 San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Armalyn De La O, Regional County Arts Lead

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

District based arts education professional learning community (PLC) support in Region X is designed to respond to individual district’s arts education needs and goals.  Current professional learning for districts includes supporting districts’ LCAP Priorities, expanding teachers’ capacities to support academic English language development, supporting teachers’ shifts to the newly revised California Arts Standards, building elementary teachers arts content knowledge and skills, and developing teacher’s capacities to address the needs of learners through Universal Designs for Learning. Region X partners with RIMS California Arts Project to design and implement the district embedded professional learning.  All professional learning can be designed to address distance teaching and learning in the arts.

Current District Work:

Barstow Unified School District

Fontana Unified School District

San Bernardino City Unified School District

Arts Education Network (AEN) Meetings Focused on Current Arts Education Topics, Advocacy, County, Regional, State and National Arts Education Initiatives

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office, RIMS California Arts Project and Arts Connection, San Bernardino County Arts Council hold quarterly network arts education meetings for K – 12, University educators and administrators.  For more information on upcoming network meetings, contact Armalyn De La O, or  for more information.

AEN Calendar for 2020 – 2021

December 3, 2020; February 4, 2021; April 8, 2021; June 3, 2021
Time 3:30-5:00 PM

To register:

Partnership Work: SBCSS, RIMS CAP and Arts Connection: Arts Council for San Bernardino County is partnering on professional learning for teaching artists in the Inland Empire to address the needs of students in expanded learning programs afterschool.

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

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (LADAC) to provide high quality professional development focused on arts integration, social emotional learning, and culturally relevant practices through the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Project. CDOL is ready to support districts/charters with TEAL for the 2020-2021 school year. We welcome new and seasoned TEAL participants to join us in our upcoming TEAL-SEL professional development opportunities.

For more information, please complete the TEAL-SEL Application Form or visit .

Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms Professional Development Launched
Educators need to be media savvy, supporting student content that is both current, future forward, and standards-aligned. The Media Arts are the natural fit within today’s classroom, where students express their voice, their ideas, and their creativity with media. Partners providing high-quality content instruction include KQED, PBS SoCal, Soundtrap for Education by Spotify, Las Fotos Project, and Dr. Ed Greene with DIYdoc.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Center for Distance and Online Learning is offering this through Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) and will become CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core newest module.

Registration for this unique learning opportunity is available now. Visit .

Monthly MorSEL Newsletter: We can all use a little more SEL
Although the October Monthly MorSEL newsletter was a first for us, The Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) has been doing this work for some time. CDOL’s signature work is connected to arts integration and mental wellness using SEL as a foundation. The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to show how this critical work is connected while using a collective impact model. The Monthly MorSEL will be a clearinghouse of resources, strategies, and information from our partnerships for you to use to support this critical work at your school sites. Most important is the user-friendly manner this newsletter supports. It is accessible, shareable, and helpful.

Teaching English Learners Through the Arts Project (TELA) is a National Professional Development (NPD) Federal Grant that unites expertise of LACOE’s Multilingual Academic Support Unit (MAS) and Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) to develop a hybrid (onsite and virtual) professional development and family/community engagement program. TELA’s focus is to integrate the arts with content instruction, while providing language development for ELs in both integrated and designated classes to improve academic language development, student growth in reading and math, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). TELA is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in content and ELD, the California Arts Standards (CAS), California’s State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators, California’s ELA/ELD Framework and Framework for the Arts, and California state assessments. To learn more about the program, visit .


Counties on the Move – Publication for Download

Click here to view and/or download a copy!

Knowing that the visual and performing arts contribute to effective schools, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Arts Initiative continues to build capacity for arts education at the national, state, region, county, and local levels. As part of this effort, we continue to publicize examples of county superintendents’ support for arts education in an engaging informational booklet entitled Counties on the Move Toward Arts Education for All Students.  This CCSESA publication includes submissions from counties across California and provides a snapshot of the wide variety of arts education projects, programs, planning strategies, and collaborations provided by county offices of education.



The goals of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) are to provide leadership and high-quality services to school districts by:

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