December 2021 CCSESA Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy the sights, sounds, and artistic expressions of the season!


Senator Laird (SD17) Presented with CCSESA Legislator of the Year Award
Featuring Student Artwork from Region 5

On December 6, 2021, CCSESA staff presented Senator John Laird (SD17) with a student created Legislator of the Year Award in-person at the CCSESA office.

This CCSESA award was coordinated by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and Audrey Sirota, Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Special thanks to their work to spotlight the work of student artist, Azucena Nieto who is a second language learner and founding member of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Youth for Environmental Action (YEA) leadership team.

The art piece is acrylic on canvas with a poem that Azucena composed, and then superimposed on newspaper collage. Her powerful creative writing pieces represent the interconnectedness of nature and our responsibility to carry on the intergenerational fight for environmental conservation.

Arts Education Framework Rollout Activities

We are pleased to announce the Virtual Launch of the California Arts Education Framework will be March 1, 2022, sponsored by CCSESA Arts Initiative, CISC Arts Subcommittee, The California Arts Project, and the Department of Education. Look for more details to come! Leaders from across California are working on the design and implementation of this virtual preview of the Arts Education Framework as well as resources for administrators and teachers.

The virtual launch is the first of the many supports offered FREE to educators across California.

For more information click here.

2022 Leadership Series: Creative Leadership for Changing Times – A 4-Part Virtual Series

This special series focuses on key aspects of creative leadership and has been designed for arts education leaders from counties, districts, teacher leaders, non-profit arts leaders, and others interested in this topic.

The series, presented by CCSESA (California County Superintendents Educational Services Association) will be facilitated by Dr. Gary Waddell and Pat Wayne and will include additional presenters. The series will consist of a blend of information and resources as well as creating space for participants to learn from one another on a variety of key topics.

Read more by downloading the flyer linked here. (PDF)

January 14 – January 28 – February 11 – February 18, 2022
9-10:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great professional learning opportunity!

Questions? Please contact Jessie Mapes if you have questions at

Registration is linked here.

CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)  

Rural Communities: Ensuring Equity and Access to Arts Education 
Don’t miss the 3rd session of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN) professional learning sessions scheduled for February 8, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. The focus will be on cultivating powerful partnerships. Hear from inspirational speakers who will share their stories of unique collaborations.

Target Audience – County Office Arts Leaders

CRAN Goals 

  • Advance equitable access to high-quality arts education in California’s rural areas
  • Build the capacity of region and county leads to understand and support all rural districts in their region/county
  • Connect and collaborate as a statewide network and foster new partnerships 

Registration is linked here.  
CRAN Professional Learning Series flyer is linked here.

Calling all Counties: Artwork Needed for Upcoming CABE 2022 Conference

CABE 2022 Student Art Exhibit – We would like to feature artwork from all 58 Counties!
The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative is partnering with the San Francisco Unified School District to coordinate a Student Art Exhibit at the CABE 2022 Annual Conference in San Francisco March 30 – April 2, 2022.

CABE’s theme for this year is Stand Up! Get Up! For Biliteracy and Multilingual Rights!  


  • Artists must be students in Pre-K through Grade 12
  • Artwork must be no larger than 12”X18”
  • Submissions must be mounted on black paper allowing a 1-inch margin
  • Please submit entries by March 18, 2022

Student Artwork Submission Form is linked here.
CABE 2022 Call for Student Artwork flyer is linked here.   
For more information, contact Jessie Mapes, CCSESA Arts Program Assistant at or (916) 400-0455

To view/download Registration Brochure click here.
To register and review the full list of Speakers, please visit CABE’s website linked here.

Legislators Release Preliminary 2022 Budget Plans

This week the Assembly and Senate released their respective 2022 Budget plans. The Assembly blueprint lists their priorities, including education workers, education infrastructure, full implementation of UTK, student learning loss and mental health. 

The Senate plan specifies their key values including, paying down state debts and retirement liabilities, education infrastructure, closing the learning gap, and protecting local school budgets. To view the Assembly Budget Blueprint, click here. To view the Senate Budget Plan, click here.

CISC 2022 Leadership Symposium – LIBERATE – Our Voice – Our Time  

February 23-25, 2022

The Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) is a committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). CISC initiates collaborative leadership with school districts, the California Department of Education, and other partners to ensure programs, practices, and services that support success for all students. The committee identifies statewide curriculum and staff development needs, provides a communication and implementation network for curriculum and professional development activities, and assists the CDE in adopting and implementing instructional materials and developing publications such as curriculum frameworks.

The annual CISC Leadership Symposium brings together over 1,000 educational leaders from throughout the State for three days of networking and learning about the latest shifts in education and models of innovative action.

Conference Schedule – At a Glance
Speakers – Keynote Speakers
Learn more about the CISC Symposium here and/or Register here.

CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Online Modules

Click here to view/download a brochure of
CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core online modules developed for educators!

Additional Resources

Supporting English Language Learners through the Arts Webinar (9/22/21)
For those who were not able to attend the September 2021 webinar Supporting English Language Learners through the Arts webinar sponsored by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and Los Angeles County Office of Education, you may access the recording linked here. To access the flyer that describes the event, click here.


Jeannine Flores Spotlights Arts Partnerships in National Podcast
Kudos to Jeannine Flores, CCSESA Regional Arts Lead & Arts and Steam Coordinator for Los Angeles County Office of Education, Center for Distance and Online Learning – as well as Vice Chair of Create CA who was featured on the national K12ArtChat where she shared about educational partnerships. Click on the following links to find out more information.

San Diego COE Equity Conference – January 2022

Educators, parents, students, policymakers, advocates, and community members will gather in San Diego to advance educational equity for California’s students at the 2022 Equity Conference on January 20 and 21. The Equity Conference, produced by the San Diego County Office of Education will be “an opportunity to grow and learn as we work to make our campuses safe spaces for all students, staff members, and families, where they feel honored and valued.” Learn more here.

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads (as of 12.14.21) – Click here

Arts Ed Twitter Chat – #CaArtsEdChat

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



Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo County Offices of Education

Arts as Life!
This virtual day-long professional development retreat will be rich with opportunities to practice creativity and understand its connections to the vital racial equity and inclusion. This institute is open to all K-12 teachers and administrators and is co-produced by the 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 Office of Arts and Culture.

This year’s event features a rock star line-up for the keynote speaker, a special panel on Student Voice and more! The workshops will highlight key topics for student engagement in all five arts disciplines as well as diversity, equity, inclusion; social-emotional learning; and trauma-informed practices. As a through line of this conference is “Student Voice,” we are inviting students to attend as well, either as a class via Zoom or individually. Students are also invited to present a workshop. Invite your colleagues – we look forward to seeing you on 2.2.22!

February 2, 2022 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)

Register Today click here.

For more details, email SMCOE’s Arts & Restorative Learning Coordinator, Michelle Holdt:

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Project
The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) have partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (LADAC) to provide the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Project. 

The goal of TEAL is to increase students’ access to the arts by expanding K-6 teachers’ capacity to provide culturally relevantintegrated arts instruction which centers on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), for all students. TEAL provides interactive, experiential professional development focused on integrating the arts and SEL into the teaching of cross-curricular subjects. Strengthened by virtual learning assets, technical support, and customized virtual coaching. TEAL helps teachers build the knowledge and skills to embed the arts into classroom curriculum, while improving both academic and social-emotional outcomes for students.

Virtual | January 13, 2022 

Click here to visit our interactive flyer for more information and to register.

Riverside County Office of Education Amplifying the Arts (Vol. 13, December 2021)


Teen Poet Laureate
Riverside County Office of Education Visual and Performing Arts partnered with Inlandia Institute to create the inaugural Riverside County Teen Poet Laureate event. This annual event was sponsored by the city of Riverside, who hosted the Awards Reception at Grier Pavilion on November 5, 2021. It was also sponsored by the Riverside County Library System, who will be putting a copy of the special edition chapbook (small book of poetry) into the nearest county library of each of the finalists.

This first year of competition had 74 poets submitting 318 poems. Out of those entries, 26 were selected as finalists and were published in the chapbook and recognized with a certificate from the county. Three of those finalists were additionally recognized as Honorable Mentions for their body of work, and the Teen Poet Laureate was named for the 2021– 2022 school year. She is Miss Katie Xin of Palm Desert High School, and she will be presenting her work at several events throughout the county in the coming year.

Special thanks go out to all of the teachers who supported the event by sharing the information with their students. We would also like to thank the proud parents who attended the reception with their student poets. It was a remarkable evening, and each of us that was part of putting together this new event are already looking forward to next year! “Listen to these young poets and you’ll discover the voice of the present and hear the voice of the future before the future is even here.” -Phillip Levine Teen

Poet Laureate event page is linked here.  

View/Download Amplifying the Arts Newsletter (Vol. 13, December 2021 click here.

San Mateo County Office of Education – Art Takes a Bus Ride 2022

Arts as LIFE! Save the Date on 2.2.22

Do you miss this awesome art competition? We do! SMCOE and the San Mateo County Transit District are bringing back Art Takes a Bus Ride where students’ artwork cover entire SamTrans buses!

San Mateo County students, grades 1 through 12, are encouraged to submit their artwork with this year’s theme of “San Mateo County Reopens.” We’ve been trapped inside for a long time, but now it’s time to get back out there! How will you use SamTrans to see and do what you love?

Download Permission slip (PDF) linked here.


Stay Informed of What’s Happening with our State Arts Teacher Associations

California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 2022 Annual Conference

Stand Up! Get Up! For Biliteracy and Multilingual Rights!
March 30 – April 2, 2022 in San Francisco

Hundreds of workshops and institutes o key strategies for biliteracy and el programs (Pre-K and TK, Elementary, Secondary, and University)

  • Implementing Multilingual Programs
  • English Language Development
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment for California
  • Biliteracy & Multiculturalism
  • Prop 58 in Action – Building Multilingual Program
  • Early Childhood Education
  • EL Roadmap and Global CA 2030
  • Administrators & School Board Leadership
  • Model Teachers Preparation Program
  • Social Emotional Education and Support

    To register and review the full list of Speakers, please visit CABE’s website – click here

    To view/download Registration Brochure – click here

A great way to start the new year – 2022 TCAP’s Artful Inquiry Intensive Virtual Programs – Registration Now Open!

Arts Educators are key to students’ success and the implementation of the 2019 California Arts Standards, CA’s Literacy and ELD Standards, the 2020 CA’s Arts Education Framework, and CA Transformative Social and Emotional Learning Competencies. TCAP’s Artful Inquiry offers arts educators an opportunity to examine current research related to a self-identified problem of practice.  Working together with colleagues, in focused, collaborative, and equity-driven inquiry, the goal is to improve practice so that we may yield significant results in student learning. 

Artful Inquiry includes a lesson study component that supports the implementation of new, research-based strategies and breaks down the isolation of arts educators. There are no registration fees for this program.
TCAP Artful Inquiry Information and Registration Link

2022 TCAP Regional Based Networks
To register for any Regional Networks, visit TCAP Regional Arts Education Networks or contact for more information. More details linked here.

  • Los Angels Basin California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network – Serving Los Angeles County on February 23, 2022 & May 18, 2022
  • RIMS California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network – Serving Riverside, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, and Kern Counties on February 23, 2022 & May 18, 2022
  • Southern Counties California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network – Serving Orange, San Diego, and Imperial Counties on February 23, 2022 & May 18, 2022
  • Bay Area and Central Valley California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network on February 24, 2022 & May 19, 2022
  • Northern California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network on February 24, 2022 & May 19, 2022

Arts Education Resources on TCAP’s Website
The TCAP website  has useful arts education information and resources for teachers, administrators, and arts education advocates. Newly added to the  Arts Education Resources website tab is a collection of resources related to safe school opening and arts education. Visit often, as the collections are updated and expanding. 

The California Arts Project
California Subject Matter Project –
Facebook – The California Arts Project

Follow TCAP 

SPI Announces Advisory Board to Guide $3 Billion Community Schools Strategy

SPI Tony Thurmond announced this week the formation of an Advisory Board to help guide the implementation of the California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP). The Community Schools Advisory Board will not have purview over decisions that relate to the grant process itself, but will advise the SPI on all programmatic elements of this effort and help develop strategies for identifying future funding opportunities. Those interested in serving on the steering committee should email by Friday, December 17, 2021. You may view the full press release here

Arts Media and Entertainment 2022 Institute – Mark Your Calendars!

2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now
Virtual – April 4-6, 2022
Live in Burbank – June 20-22, 2022

The 2022 AME Institute will be a virtual and live professional learning event designed to immerse Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) teachers in the cutting edge of AME. Meet the individuals and technologies that are pushing the boundaries of media and storytelling for the creative industries.

Virtual Institute Registration gets teachers 3 afternoons of VIP Speakers, Breakout sessions, and Sponsor Presentations PLUS the 2022 CA-AME-EO Professional Learning Series and Membership.

Virtual + Live Institute Registration gets teachers everything in the Virtual Registration as well as a day of programming on the Warner Bros Studio Lot, Live networking events, and one AME Exclusive Externship in the Los Angeles area.

Register here

Do you want to present at the 2022 AME Institute? Submit your proposal through December 1 here.

Student Voices Campaign – For Arts Education

This annual statewide creative arts challenge:

  • Provides standards based curriculum!
  • Is open to California students grades 7-12
  • Includes all art forms
  • Empowers students to address their school board members

More information and to submit, visit here!

The Student Voices Campaign is a tool for students to use their art for change!

  • Submit student work for a chance to win cash, prizes and be showcased in a statewide art show! Teachers can also win prizes!
  • Give students a pathway to advocate for change in their school and community!
  • Follow @Create_CA on Instagram for the latest news.

View/download the Student Voices Campaign toolkit here!

December Create CA Social Media Toolkit
To connect with the Create CA movement, use the hashtags #CreativityIsNotOptional! and #ArtsEdRebuilds, and encourage your community to do the same! For more information, contact

This December, we’re celebrating the moments that California arts education gave us in 2021. From Amanda Gorman, to the Linda Linda’s, to increased funding, there is plenty to celebrate! Share these five social media posts and join us on social media to let us know about how the arts have changed or brightened your year!

Visit our website to see all of the resources we offer to help more of you advocate for arts education.

Help spark a movement for Arts Education!

Download the December Social Media Toolkit here.

Suggested Social Media Posts for December from CREATE CA

Why the Arts?
Culture is the strongest signifier of our identity as Californians. And, as California’s state arts agency, it is our role to ensure that the arts are prioritized by our state. Explore the benefits of the arts by topic (see list below) linked here.

  • Community Development
  • Health & Wellness
  • Jobs & Economy
  • Racial Equity
  • Rural Prosperity
  • Social Justice
  • Traditional & Folk Arts
  • Youth Engagment

Directing Change – Tik Tok Challenge: What are your hopes for 2022?

During the months of December 2021 and January 2022, there is no monthly prompt; instead, students may submit entries related to the usual themes of “Hope” and “Justice.” All art forms accepted. Deadline to submit is January 31st, 2022!

We are also introducing a TikTok Challenge: What are your hopes for 2022? Share your hopes for the New Year. What changes do you want to see in your community? For yourself? For your loved ones? All TikToks submitted receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card. All submissions will be judged for a $100 first place prize. Accepting submissions and awarding winners throughout December and January. Submit through the same entry form.

Share the prompt with these social media posts and attached graphics:

  • 2022 is quickly approaching! Create an art piece in any form about the themes of hope and justice or submit to our TikTok Challenge. Submissions due January 31, 2022. Learn more:
  • Share your hopes for the new year in our TikTok Challenge. What changes do you want to see in your community? For yourself? For your loved ones? The first 25 submitted TikToks receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Submit entries during the months of December and January and you may be featured on our TikTok account. Follow us on TikTok @directingchange for more! Submit here:

For more information including contest rules and how to submit, visit our website. Please share this opportunity! Our team is also available to facilitate a lesson with any youth or classrooms that are interested. Please let us know!

Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. For more information visit:


Congress Approves Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

The bipartisan infrastructure bill, previously approved by the Senate, was also approved by a bipartisan 226-208 vote in the House after moderate and progressive Democrats reached an agreement to also take a procedural vote related to the Build Back Better Act. The $550 billion infrastructure package is focused on physical infrastructure projects, and includes $65 billion to bolster the nation’s broadband infrastructure, $55 billion to improve drinking water supplies (including those leading to schools and child care facilities), and $5 billion to reinforce public school bus fleets with electric vehicles. A fact sheet from the White House is linked here.

National Art Education Association National Convention to be Held in NYC

2022 NAEA National Convention
March 3-5, 2022 in New York City

Join us for the largest gathering of visual arts, design, and media arts educators in the world and choose from hundreds of options for professional learning, creativity, inspiration, and connection. NAEA22 also marks the 75th Anniversary of the National Art Education Association – let’s celebrate!

Registration open – click here.

NAfME – Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators

NAfME – Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators

During this time of unprecedented need for virtual/online instructional materials, the first consideration for us must be student safety. As educators, we are dedicated to providing safe learning environments for students in our physical classrooms every day. We must be equally dedicated to providing safe virtual/online environments as well. To that end, NAfME recommends:

  • Children under the age to 13 have verifiable parental consent before accessing any online resources
  • Students and/or families do not provide any identifying information to gain access to the resources – free or paid

NAfME cares about our students so we advocate for equitable access to instruction. As we curate materials to help members implement online learning, we recognize that effective online instruction in any subject requires:

  • Universal access to learning devices and internet services
  • Professional learning opportunities and time for educators to design online learning environments, tasks, and assessments
  • Opportunities for students to learn how to succeed with online instruction
  • An appropriate learning management system

Register now for free Professional Learning Community webinars.

Resources, Information and/or register for free Professional Learning Community webinars HERE.


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.


January 13 and 26, 2022
Foundational TEAL-SEL Virtual Conference

Advanced TEAL-SEL Virtual Conference
9:00 – 3:00 pm
Presented by Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture to provide the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Project
Click here to visit our interactive flyer (info/registration)
Register here (Foundatonal/new to TEAL)
Register here (Advanced/returning to TEAL)

January 14 & 28 and February 11 & 18, 2022
2022 Leadership Series: Creative Leadership for Changing Times – A 4-Part Virtual Series

Presented by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative
Register here today!
Click here to view/download a webinar flyer (PDF)

January 20 and 21, 2022
Equity Conference 2022

Click here to view Schedule-At-A-Glance
Presented by San Diego County Office of Education
Register here


February 2, 2022
Arts as LIFE!

Presented by San Mateo County Office of Education
Click here to view/download Save the Date flyer

February 23-25, 2022
CISC 2022 Leadership Symposium

Presented by San Diego County Office of Education
Register here

MARCH 2022

March 3-5, 2022 in New York City
2022 NAEA National Convention
Register here

March 30 – April 2, 2022 in San Francisco
CABE 2022 Conference
Stand Up! Get Up! For Biliteracy and Multilingual Rights!
Register here

APRIL 2022

April 4-6, 2022 Virtual
2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now
Register here

JUNE 2022

June 20-22, 2022Live in Burbank
2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now
Register here

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