August 2020 Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

Inside this Issue

  • CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News
  • State Highlights
  • National Highights
  • Upcoming Events and Convenings


Arts Ed Twitter Chat – #CaArtsEdChat

Join @PCrooks_VAPA, @VAPAJeannine, @aaronbryan, and other arts education experts 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

The Art of Everything – New Publication

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Dr. Gary Waddell released his new book, “The Art of Everything: Leading for ‘We’ in the Age of ‘Me’.”  This refreshingly original book proposes a model of leadership that is built on the habits of mind of the artist – creativity, compassion, and courage.  This very human book chronicles Gary’s journey toward artful leadership that leverages the core conditions of humility, empathic design, artistry, and equity. Alice Ripley, Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical, said  “Dr. Waddell’s hopeful book reads like a long drink of water for the parched artist. Immediately I was drawn in by the depth of the author’s perspective that leadership is soulful work —  and good for business.”

The “Framework for Artful Leadership” presents five guideposts for the new or veteran leader that address the “Who”, the “What.” the “Why”, and the “How” of artful leadership. “With the North Star of equitable leadership squarely in sight, it is an honor to share my own journey along the way toward constructing a model of artful leadership. It is a model that leans in heavily on the way of the artist and the critical role that humility and creativity play in leadership. The book includes a forward by democratic schools legend, Deborah Meier. For more information, visit or find it on Amazon.  “The Art of Everything Workbook” is available at no cost at

Alameda County Office of Education – Arts Learning Community of Practice Launch

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) is launching an Arts Learning Community of Practice to serve Alameda County district administrators, site leaders and teachers. In order to better serve Alameda County districts in increasing and enhancing their arts learning needs, ACOE s launching this new community of practice. This network will assist educators and leaders in reflecting on their arts education strategies through community building and design of purposeful opportunities that matter in students’ lives and communities.

Areas of Focus include: New CA Arts Standards & Frameworks; Social & Emotional Learning & the Arts; Anti-Racist Education & Arts Learning; Promising Practices in Arts Disciplines; Integrated Thinking and Learning; and Art-Centered Literacy Strategies.
View and/or download an event flyer here.
Submitted by Derek Fenner –

Humboldt County Office of Education – Meet the Region 1 County Arts Leads

Region 1 (Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma County Offices of Education) are thrilled to welcome Dana Adams as the County Coordinator and County Arts Lead for the Lake County Office of Education (LCOE). Dana has a wealth of experience in Arts integration as she has been through the Alameda County Office of Education’s Arts Integration trainings! We are also excited to announce the return of Aaron Carter as County Coordinator and County Arts Lead for the Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE). Aaron served in this position when CCSESA Arts Initiative first began. Completing Region 1 is Karen McGahey, Arts Representative, Sonoma County Office of Education and Stacy Young, Visual and Performing Arts Program Manager, Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) and Regional Arts Lead for Region 1.

We bid fond farewell and gratitude for the great work of Carly Sherman, LCOE; Shane Topolinski, MCOE; and Vic Schoonover, Del Norte County Office of Education (DNCOE) (her replacement has not yet been announced) for their time, efforts, and dedication to students and staff of our region.
Submitted by Stacy Young –

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

Riverside County Office of Education – Amplifying The Arts (Volume 2)

This edition features a visual arts program called “Art With Heart” that is taking place in one of the County’s court schools.  The program was affected by the quarantine, and yet has found a way to continue to provide this essential programming to its students.

Every other month, we seek to share some of the excellent work that is happening in our County.  Now, more than ever, we need the power of the arts at work in our schools.  As we negotiate the coming school year, in whatever form it takes, it is important to keep the value of the social and emotional learning that takes place through the arts, close at hand.
View and/or download an event flyer here.
Submitted by Louisa Higgins –

Riverside County Office of Education – Equity Art Study

This new series of arts lessons focused on equity, social and emotional learning, and the California arts standards is now available online. Watch for new additional content over the coming months in Music, Poetry, and Visual Arts.

Arts and Equity are intertwined because art is in all of us. This new series of arts lessons focused on equity, social and emotional learning, and the CA arts standards is now available online. Watch for additional art forms to be added in the coming months.
View and/or download an event flyer here.
Submitted by Louisa Higgins –

San Diego County Office of Education – Distance Learning K-12

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: 
Submitted by Pauline Crooks –

Santa Clara County Office of Education – Culturally & Linguistically Sustaining Instruction through My Name, My Identity

Come join a panel of educators on August 13, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am to hear their voices on how these lesson can be implemented in your classrooms. Co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the National Association of Bilingual Education.

As teachers are getting ready to begin the school year with virtual instruction, the Santa Clara County Office of Education in partnership with the National Association for Bilingual Education will be offering a webinar entitled, Culturally & Linguistically Sustaining Instruction through My Name, My Identity. It will be held on August 13, 2020 from 10 to 11:30 AM PT. This webinar will be introducing a free online course for teachers to teach the importance of name and self-identity to build relationships with their students and community.
View and/or download flyer here.
Register for webinar here.

Online course participants will have access to teacher-created lesson plans and ready-to-use Google slides to teach a module on Self-Identity: Maximizing My Potential at the beginning of the school year! Lessons are designed for grade span K-2, 3-5, and 6-12 and can be used in a distance learning, hybrid, or face-to-face learning environment. Every lesson has a Take Action component which is a key feature of the global competence framework.

View and/or download course flyer here.
Register for the online course here.
Submitted by Yee Wan, Ed.D. –

Stanislaus County Office of Education

The Stanislaus COE has put together a “Distance Learning for Arts Educators” website. It includes information about digital tools, apps and content for virtual arts learning, low tech options for virtual arts learning, resources for virtual arts lessons, and information about building a digital lesson.

The website can be accessed by visiting and scrolling down to the “Distance Learning” button, OR by linking to this Google Site.
Submitted by Amy Bultena –


California Department of Education (CDE) – State Board of Education Adopts New Guidance for Arts Education and World Languages Instruction in California

Released by The California Department of Education

SACRAMENTO—The State Board of Education (SBE) today adopted new K–12 guidance for educators to provide high-quality instruction in the arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts and for educators to provide high-quality world languages instruction and make classrooms more inclusive. These guidance documents, which are called frameworks, are the result of an exhaustive public vetting process overseen by the SBE and the California Department of Education (CDE).

“With these adoptions today, California is reinforcing for educators a truth we all know: That students thrive in an educational landscape that allows them to create and express themselves and encourages them to become members of our global society through language and culture,” said Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the California SBE and of the Learning Policy Institute.

Educators can use this Arts Framework as a guide to curriculum and instruction to inform both the what and how of teaching in and through the arts.

This includes the following:
High quality, standards-based sequential instruction in each of the arts disciplines;
Teaching the arts disciplines through the authentic processes that artists engage in, such as creating, performing, and responding;
Culturally and linguistically responsive teaching to maximize inclusivity and build relationships in the arts classroom; and
Planning instruction using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to remove barriers and foster inclusion in arts learning.

Read the entire press release here.

CDE – Distance Learning Content Enrichment and Extension

The California Department of Education  provides links to local systems, agencies, and organizations that provide opportunities to enhance distance learning. This collection includes content, resources, and tools that teachers and parents can use to enrich curriculum and promote student engagement. To find digital resource by content area (including the arts), click here.

CDE – Distance Learning Webinar

On July 2, the California Department of Education (CDE) in collaboration with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Arts Initiative and The California Arts Project (TCAP) presented Implementing the 2019 Arts Standards Through Distance Learning: Lessons from the Field. This webinar provided a high-level overview of the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards) and featured voices of arts educators from several disciplines (dance, music, and visual arts) who shared how they approached the 2019 standards through distance learning when schools closed in the spring of 2020. The recorded webinar and notes will be available soon at  Please also check out Digital Resources by Content Area under the Content Resources tab on this page. These lists of resources are meant to support educators and students when planning and implementing distance learning. Arts education is first on the list!

CDE – Free Educational Resources for Distance Learning

A non-comprehensive list of publishers offering free distance learning resources. At the URL listed, users can learn about the specific resources available as publishers continue to expand their offerings. Districts are not mandated to utilize only state-adopted instructional materials, and many classrooms utilize a network of resources. In this list below, educators and parents/guardians may discover the individual resources they want for a particular need.

Please note that this list is comprised of publishers who have offered their site information. The California Department of Education (CDE) has not reviewed these sites and resources, nor does the CDE in any way endorse or specifically recommend these resources. Users should carefully conduct their own evaluation based upon their own specific local needs and the appropriateness of the resources offered. View the entire list here.

CDE – Reviewers Needed for Arts Education Instructional Materials

At its meeting on July 8, 2020, after voting to adopt the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework), the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the timeline for the 2021 Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption. The adopted materials will support the implementation of the 2019 Arts Standards and will be consistent with the guidance in the  Arts Framework. The SBE and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are seeking candidates to serve on review panels for the adoption. Panel members will evaluate instructional materials for use in kindergarten through grade eight, inclusive, that are aligned with the Arts Standards.

Each panel will consist of multiple Instructional Materials Reviewers (IMRs) and at least one Content Review Expert (CRE). IMRs and CREs serve as advisors to the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) and the SBE in the review of instructional materials submitted for adoption. A majority of IMRs, as stated in regulation (California Code of Regulations, Title 5 [5 CCR] Section 9512), shall be teachers who teach students in kindergarten or grades one through twelve, who have a professional credential under California law, and who have experience with, and expertise in, standards-based educational programs and practices in the content field under consideration. Other IMRs may be administrators, parents, local school board members, teachers not described above, and members of the public. CREs are required to hold a master’s degree in an arts discipline and have five or more years of experience with, and expertise in, standards-based educational programs and practices.

Panel members will attend four days of training in Sacramento on April 13–16, 2021. They will review instructional materials independently at home and will then reconvene in panels for up to four days of deliberations on July 13–16, 2021, which will conclude with the preparation of a report to the IQC. IMRs and CREs will receive their necessary travel expenses for attending the training and deliberation session activities. Travel and per diem costs are reimbursed at standard state rates; however, no stipend or substitute pay is provided. For more information about the instructional materials adoptions, please visit for more information. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

CREATE CA & Riverside County Office of Education Share Strategy for Engaging School Board Members

On June 20th, Louisa Higgins, Visual and Performing Arts Administrator at the Riverside County Office of Education, and Pat Wayne, Program Director for CREATE CA, had the unique opportunity to co-present at an informal gathering of Riverside school board members from a variety of school districts. It went very well with some very positive outcomes .  Below is a  link to a video where they share a short “behind the scenes” version with you so that you can adapt this information for your own purposes and “make it your own” depending on your perspective, your role, and the local climate. They share this as one possible approach to tailor a communication strategy in your own style.

They were lucky enough to be invited to this meeting by Jesús Holguin, school board member in Moreno Valley Unified School District and immediate past Chair of Create CA.  If you decide to consider a similar approach and would like any assistance, contact Pat Wayne. Email:

15 minute video from Louisa and Pat, walking you through what we did.

Here is the link to our slides which you can make your own. Please make a copy or download to your computer before editing.

Here is a two minute video for school district decision makers:

California Arts Council – Grants for Arts Participation by People with

California’s Arts and Accessibility grant program offers support to artists with disabilities and organizations enhancing arts and culture opportunities for people with disabilities. Applications are open now for cycle two of the California Arts Council’s Arts and Accessibility grant program, offering support to artists with disabilities and organizations enhancing arts and culture opportunities for people with disabilities. Direct funding for artists is available through this grant. The program is administered in partnership with the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA. Applications must be received no later than November 30, 2020. Click here to learn more.

“The Good Life,” oil, paper and fabric on gesso board, by Los Angeles-based artist and Arts and Accessibility grant recipient Carol Es.

The California Arts Project (TCAP)

From a Distance: School/District-based Customized Professional Learning
TCAP’s new From a Distance discipline-specific professional learning programsare available and customizable for schools and districts specific needs. These programs include discipline-specific professional learning as well as facilitation of arts education professional learning communities. Each discipline-specific learning program or PLC facilitation is customized and focused on the specific needs of the school or district. PLC topics include adapting to online/distance arts teaching, continuing work on revisiting of existing or developing of new arts courses, updating scope and sequences in the arts disciplines, and creating or updating existing arts curriculum in light of the new California Arts Standards. 
Learn more about TCAP’s PLC services here or email Armalyn De La O, Director RIMS California Arts Project Inservice Coordinator at Visit TCAP’s website here.

Regional and Statewide Network Communities of Practice
In support of arts educators and administrators in planning for the new 2020 – 2021 school year, TCAP’s regional and statewide communities of practice and networks will continue through the summer to convene online.  TCAP’s discipline-specific and mixed discipline networks are engaging in professional conversations relating to the successes and challenges of shifting to distance teaching, sharing resources, and approaches. The use of online breakout rooms allows for discipline, grade level, or other configurations focused on specific needs.  

Arts Standards Webinars
Throughout the summer, TCAP will be offering a variety of one – to two-hour webinars focused on aspects of the new CA Arts Standards. These offerings provide either an introduction to the Arts Standards or as a refresher to educators that have attended one of TCAP’s California Arts Standards programs.

The Music Center – Digital Dance Experience

The Music Center’s Digital Dance Experience offers new ways to enjoy some of the best of dance, from interactive events, to INSIDE LOOK, presented by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, an exploration behind-the-scenes of The Music Center’s dance presentations, past, present and future.

The Music Center introduces Digital Dance DTLA continuing its free annual summer series in an online format for Friday nights this summer. Dance lovers will enjoy free, online lessons with top L.A. dance instructors from July 10 through September 4, 2020, between 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Featuring warm-up, choreography and cool down sessions, each 45-minute beginner dance lesson entertains viewers and those who love to dance with Bollywood, Hip Hop, Line Dance, Cumbia, K-Pop, Salsa, Motown, Argentine Tango and Samba footwork. This year’s DigitalDance DTLA features nine different dance styles, with both partner and non-partner genres, so all ages can bust a move at home.  

Closed captioning available for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers for each dance genre.

Building Resilience through the Arts!
UCLARTS & Healing

With so many unknowns still ahead, one area of absolute clarity is the vital role the arts can play in improving our mental health and well-being during this unprecedented time.   

More than ever, we are committed to offering programs that integrate the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. To that end, we are not only extending our HOPE Series indefinitely. Learn more and view additional online offerings here.


Performing Arts Aerosol Study Presents Preliminary Data

Initial results of an aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and more than 125 performing arts organizations have yielded preliminary data and considerations that could help prevent the cancellation of performing arts activities in the future amid the Coronovirus pandemic.

This is the first of three stages of results for the study, which was launched in May behind lead funding from the NFHS, CBDNA, the National Association of Music Merchants and the D’Addario Foundation. More findings incorporating a wider range of activities are expected to be released later this month and again with the completion of the study in December.

Press Release on Initial Findings
Preliminary Recommendations
Study Information (PDF)

The Colorado study has issues preliminary results on aerosol generating activities in the arts that could be useful as we make decisions for the Fall. and valuable as we balance student safety and safe resumption of arts activities.

National Endowment For The Arts – Three Californians Named 2020 National Heritage Fellows

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today the recipients of its 2020 National Heritage Fellowships, including three California-based artists. Dr. Zakarya Sao Diouf and Naomi Gedo Diouf of Oakland/Castro Valley and Hugo N. Morales of Fresno are among the nine recipients to be honored this year.

These lifetime honor awards of $25,000 are given in recognition of both artistic excellence and efforts to sustain cultural traditions for future generations. In addition to their artistic value, each of the Heritage Fellows’ art forms also reflects the community they come from and the history of the tradition. Read the entire article here.

Americans for the Arts – ARTSBLOG For Arts Professionals in the Know

In the final two posts of this four-part ARTSblog series, find examples of ways leaders can demonstrate value in times of crisis and learn how to keep focused on principles for effective crisis management as you prioritize functions, maintain order, and move your organization’s decision-making horizon further ahead. Posted by by Dr. Jonathan Katz.

Leadership Success in a Crisis Environment: Leaders Demonstrate Value during Crises
Leadership Success in a Crisis Environment: A Leader’s Crisis Management Checklist

Arts Education Partnership – 2020 Virtual Gathering

Please join us, along with your arts and education colleagues, for this year’s Virtual Gathering. Held online Sept. 9, 11, 15 and 17 and celebrating our 25th year of serving the arts education field, our interactive programming will explore the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches to actively support an excellent arts education for all learners, especially those who have been historically marginalized by systemic racism and inequalities. From engaging panel discussions and keynote remarks to breakout sessions and networking opportunities, this virtual event provides attendees with knowledge and tools for advancing their work and building broader and stronger connections in the arts education community.

Registration details are coming soon! Meanwhile, if you’re interested in revisiting materials from the 2019 AEP Annual Convening, check out our resources — including videos and concurrent session materials — available here.

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) Instructional Resources

SEADAE is working to build a repository of online instructional resources for the field.

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As a signature initiative, members of SEADAE have been contributing their departments’ online learning webpages to the A.I.R. Map, a state-by-state arts instructional resource.

Professional Development Opportunities

UPDATE – Please note that events listed below are currently still open for registration and that event organizers are continuing to monitor current health announcements.

August 6-7, 2020 or 13-14, 2020
California Private School Professional Development August 2020 Conferences
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP)
Register here

August 13, 2020
Culturally & Linguistically Sustaining Instruction through My Name, My Identity
Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the National Association for Bilingual Education
View and/or download event flyer here
Register here

August 18, 2020
Role of the Bass in Latin Music – Free Webinar
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP)
View and/or download event flyer here
Register here

August 18, 2020
Arts Learning Community of Practice (first in a series)
Presented by the Alameda County Office of Education
View and/or download event flyer here
Register here

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