Educators Convene in San Diego at the 4th Annual Creativity at the Core Summer Institute



Educators from across California convened at the San Diego County Office of Education on July 25-27, 2018 for CCSESA’s 4th annual Creativity at the Core Summer Institute sponsored by the CCSESA Arts Initiative in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, California Department of Education, and CREATE CA.

Regional Arts Leads and key leaders from arts and education organizations presented sessions focused on a wide range of topics related to visual and performing arts.  San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Paul Gothold, provided an inspirational welcome along with VAPA Coordinator and Region 9 Arts Lead, Pauline Crooks, and Dr. Gary Waddell (San Mateo County Office of Education and Co-Chair of the CISC/VAPA Subcommittee).

Jason Spencer, Aileen Allison-Zarea, Mary Rice, Letty Kraus and Lindsay Weiss from the CDE provided sessions at the institute. Topics included the new Visual and Performing Arts Standards to be adopted by the Board of Education in January 2019, Global Education and the Arts, Universal Design, and Exemplary District Practices.

Nationally recognized researcher, Dr. Ivonne Chand O’Neal, provided information on several key research projects focused on creativity and the arts.  The following San Diego organizations provided studios workshops with professional artists:  La Jolla Playhouse, Malashock Dance, the Mingei International Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts, National Comedy Theatre, and The New Children’s Museum.

Pat Wayne, Program Director for CREATE CA presented on the California Arts Education Data Project and previewed a new campaign to launch in October 2018 focused on building public will for the arts. Dr. Merryl Goldberg, professor from CSU San Marcos shared information about Arts=Opportunity, a public awareness campaign highlighting key research that points to the multiple ways the arts benefit our students and prepare them for college and careers.

Other highlights included a presentation by Aaron Bryan (Fresno County Superintendent of Schools) and Pauline Crooks (San Diego County Office of Education) showcasing the newly released Creativity at the Core Module, Building Empathy and Understanding through World Music.


The institute ended with a performance by music teachers from Sweetwater USD who engaged the participants in a powerful final session.      

Collaborative Art Making Experience: Diverse Faces   

Patty Taylor, Artist and CCSESA Senior Arts Consultant led participants to create a sculptural “face” form wile reflecting on the many aspects of our students’ diversity and how that can be expressed through the arts.


To view a copy of the program, click here


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