January 2022 CCSESA Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


The new CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 25 Leveraging English Learner Assets through the Arts is finished and ready for use by educators across CA. Developed by San Diego County Office of Education, this module focuses on using the Arts as a lens through which we view the importance of cultural and linguistic connections English Learners make to the Arts. Leveraging student assets and building into and from the content will provide full and meaningful access to 21st century skills, resulting in attaining high levels of language proficiency and mastery of grade-level standards {K-12 Music).

All students, including those learning English, should be actively engaged in standards-based academic curriculum and have rigorous, supportive, equitable learning experiences in all content areas, including the arts {dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts).

• The arts provide opportunities for students to access language and to express themselves
• Each arts discipline has its own language {symbol systems, vocabulary, movements, etc.)
• The arts can provide a level playing field when students are all new to the language of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts
• The collaborative and creative nature of the arts disciplines provide authentic opportunities for students to explore, experiment, and practice speaking in their new language and learn from peers
• Includes kinesthetic, aural repetition, inclusion in an ensemble, careful monitoring of progress, and opportunities for cultural connections {building empathy)

This module will highlights the importance of cultural and linguistic connections English Learners make to the Arts. Leveraging student assets and building into and from the content will provide full and meaningful access to 21st century skills, resulting in attaining high levels of language proficiency and mastery of grade-level standards (K-12 Music).

Hats off to Pauline Crooks and Rim Haroun, Coordinators for the San Diego County Office of Education, for leading this effort and to all the other artists and educators that contributed to this monumental resource.

To view the module, click here.


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 Statewide Arts Initiative, CISC Arts Subcommittee, The California Arts Project, and the California 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.

To register and download the flyer, 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 Creative Leadership for Changing Times series is 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.

If you missed the first session, you are still able to register for the three additional sessions to expand our circle of influence! In the interest of growing our learning community. Register before the next session using the code “Special Invitation” for a discounted rate.

Questions? Please contact Jessie Mapes if you have questions at jmapes@ccsesa.org

Registration is linked here.

CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)

Powerful Rural Arts Education Partnerships

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.

You will hear from some great speakers, including:

Keith Wyffels, Associate Vice President of Education at The Music Center, who forged a great partnership with rural counties in Region 2.

Esther Tokihiro, Administrator, Hawaii State Department of Education, Office of Curriculum & Instructional Design.

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 jmapes@ccsesa.org 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.

Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2022-23

Click here to find CCSESA’s summary of the Governor’s 2022-23 Proposed Budget. You may watch the budget briefing, linked here. Note that education and childcare begins at 1:05:53, and you may read the full budget linked here.

Governor Newsome’s Executive Order to Address Staffing Shortages

In response to the surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant, Governor Newsom has signed an executive order aimed at supporting safe, in-person learning within California’s schools. To address the current staffing shortages, this executive order provides the following flexibilities:

  • Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permits may be issued without regard to whether the applicant has a pending credential or permit application, or has made the required statement under oath.
  • Substitute teachers can be assigned to a single general education assignment for up to 120 days.
  • A student teacher may be assigned to a classroom without the supervision of a credentialed teacher.
  • The CalSTRS post-retirement compensation limits are suspended for any compensation earned from July 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022.
  • The CalSTRS post-retirement 180-day separation from service is suspended, including all procedural requirements by the employer, from July 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, so long as the member attained the normal retirement age at the time compensation was earned.
  • The CalPERS post-retirement 180-day separation from service is suspended for any member working at a PK-12 school (including a charter school), from July 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, so long as the member attained the normal retirement age at the time compensation was earned.

All flexibilities provided within this executive order will expire on March 31, 2022, and the retiree provisions are retroactive to July 1, 2021. The temporary flexibilities included are only available to schools that make a written statement that the specified flexibilities will support the maintenance of in-person services for students despite the staffing shortages caused by the increase in COVID-19 cases. This statement must be signed by the school district superintendent, county superintendent of schools, charter school leader, or an official designee, and must be available to any member of the public upon request. Click here to read the full executive order.

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.

EdSource Article: Addressing the Crisis in Arts and Music Education in California

The following EdSource article, written by Louis Freedberg, former Executive Director of EdSource and veteran education journalist was released on January 12, 2022. For decades, arts and music education in California has been dying a slow death in many schools, strangled by budget cuts amid an ongoing emphasis on core subjects like reading and math and test scores as the measure of student success. But now, as educators search for new strategies to excite students about learning, especially during this grim pandemic, there is hope for their revival.

In contrast to several proposed ballot measures that would weaken public schools, former Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner is leading an effort to restore arts and music education to a more prominent place in the school curriculum. With the backing of a growing number of artists and educators, Beutner wants to put an initiative on next November’s ballot that would require the state to spend between $800 million and $1 billion extra each year out of its general fund for arts and music education in the state. That’s four times more than the total budget of the National Endowment for the Arts. A huge windfall for the schools?

Hardly. It’s only the equivalent of about 1% of what the state currently on its schools required by Proposition 98, the initiative that dictates how much the state must spend on schools. This week, the cause of arts and music education got a boost when Gov. Gavin Newsom included $1 billion for that purpose in his Expanded Learning Opportunities Program for the coming school year.

As welcome as that funding would be, it is one-time funding, so there is no assurance the programs would continue. Nor would they be integrated into the curriculum, but rather would be part of after-school or summer programs for K-6 students, and not accessible to all children. That’s why the initiative Beutner is promoting will still be needed. In fact, it would simply help schools follow the spirit, if not the letter, of what they are already required to do by law. It will come as a surprise to many Californians — as it did to me — that state law actually requires schools to provide, from first through sixth grade, “instruction in the subjects of dance, music, theater, and visual arts, aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.”

As for middle and high schools, the law is even more prescriptive, saying schools “shall offer courses” in those subjects. But these laws are weak in the extreme: They don’t specify how much instruction or how many courses should be offered, or by whom.

“It mandates it, but there are no teeth to it,” said Li Ezzell, an elementary school art teacher in the San Juan Unified School District near Sacramento who just stepped down as president of the California Art Education Association.

To read the full article, click here. To go deeper, see the following resources.

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.

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads (Last Updated 1.16.22) – 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 www.bit.ly/CaArtsEdChat2020.



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: mholdt@smcoe.org.

Humboldt County Office of Education

Creative Education Symposium 4.0What an exciting day is planned for you!
2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year and Emmy Award winning star of the public television show “Drawing with Mr. J”, Jonathan Juravich will be the keynote speaker.  His television series connects the creation of simple drawings with Social Emotional Learning conversations.

You’ll then get to choose between three in-depth, four-hour workshops for the remainder of the day.  You’ll walk away ready to implement these strategies.

  • Jonathan Juravich-Social Emotional Learning at Your School Mr. J will share strategies to connect SEL with children’s literature, drawing and whole-school culture.   Participants will learn how to deepen conversations about awareness of self and others and making responsible decisions.  A book and art materials are included.
  • Daniel Barash-Using Shadow Puppets As an Approach to Teaching Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and national trainer Daniel Barash has been helping teachers learn the art form of shadow puppets for over 20 years.  Shadow puppets are an easy steppingstone into theatre for children and an engaging design process both for creating the puppets and the scripts.  Participants will make a shadow puppet stage and puppets to take with them.
  • Dr. April Duncan, DSW, LCSW, RPT-S and founder of All About Play, LLC- Using Art & Play to Manage Emotions and Behavior Do you have a child who is struggling with anxiety, depression, anger? Play therapy is a hands-on way to help people learn better ways to manage their emotions and behavior. Techniques to address these issues include board games, art activities, progressive relaxation and more!  Participants will receive support materials.

Register here.

California-Taiwan Project – An Opportunity for Teachers!
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
4:30-6:00 p.m. via Zoom

Your students will make an international connection.
Collaborate with a partner teacher from Taiwan.
Ready-made lessons to get your collaboration started.

Registration is linked here.

View or download project flyer here.

Los Angeles County Office of Education

The LA County High School of the Arts (LACHSA) & LACOE are proud to have the application season open for the 2022-23 school year. Join us in identifying and encouraging young artists to apply. It is vital that our outreach efforts are inclusive and far-reaching to all potential LACHSA students, especially youth from under-resourced communities. Los Angeles County is filled with talented youth that were born to create!

Specifics of the LACHSA admissions process can be found online in English or Spanish at https://www.lachsa.net/apply. LACHSA is currently hosting virtual & in-person tours, student panels, and application/audition seminars for incoming 9th and 10th graders and their families at https://www.lachsa.net/tours .

To request a poster and printed materials and/or online resources to help us promote, please email Esmeralda Flores at flores_esmeralda@lacoe.edu. We can come to your organization (virtually or in-person) to host an admissions presentation, portfolio or audition prep for groups of 12 or more. 

Arts Coordinators Convenings 2021-2022
The next Arts Coordinators Convening will be on Friday, January 28th at 2:00 P.M. This series is presented in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Arts Ed Collective and the LA Department of Arts and Culture.

Registration is linked here

LA County Poetry Out Loud Competition
Join us on YouTube at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 9th to celebrate the student poets in this year’s LA County Poetry Out Loud Competition!

Hosted by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and in collaboration with the LA Department of Arts and Culture and the California Art Council. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss it!

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

Riverside County Office of Education – Amplifying the Arts (Vol. 14, January 2022)


In the Spring of 2021, Louisa Higgins, Arts Administrator, and Peggy Burt, Arts Consultant, began an in-depth study of the new Arts Framework, which was published in 2020. Specifically, they reviewed the following chapters:
• Chapter One – Vision and Goals for Standards-Based Arts Education
• Chapter Two – The Instructional Cycle
• Chapter Eight – Transcending Disciplinary Boundaries – Arts Integration
• Chapter Nine – Implementing Effective Arts Education

After a summer spent in reading and discussion, Louisa and Peggy created a three-hour, experiential training around this professional learning which they entitled “Demystifying the Framework.” The training allows for learner engagement and processing of the various concepts presented in the framework, utilizing a series of vignettes and activities. The training was conducted in a variety of live settings, as well as virtually. Louisa and Peggy then taped a two-hour version of the training, which you can find on our
webpage. This location also has the handouts from the presentation, available as downloadable PDFs.

The Riverside County Office of Education is pleased to offer this resource to districts, arts teachers, and arts organizations at no charge. It is also available as an in-person or virtual workshop by request.

We invite you to check out this presentation, and make use of it, as we move forward with our new Arts Framework in the state of California. We hope that you find it to be a practical and useful tool in the pursuit
of excellence in arts education!

View/Download Amplifying the Arts Newsletter (Vol. 14, January 2022, linked here. California Department of Education Arts Framework linked here.

FREE Fine Art Professional Learning Workshop
Back by popular demand, husband and wife artists Dennis Johnson and Joan Black will be presenting a FREE fine art professional learning workshop for teachers. View or download workshop flyer linked here.

Altered Books
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Register by Friday, February 11th here.

Class participants will explore altering books to create unique art treasures.
Almost any hardcover or paperback book can be used for this project. One of the best things about this project is participants can apply any technique already known from other creative areas. Make an old book into your art journal by painting and drawing over the pages, cutting windows and doors, and pasting in photo transfers. Pages in a book can be folded, drawn or painted on directly. Altered books are very popular with mixed media artists.

Learning outcomes: Creative skills put variety of disciplines and materials to good use and fun.

Documenting Trauma Through Comics
During the past two years, we have collectively gone through a great trauma that has affected both teachers and students in profound ways.  Trauma that is not recognized and witnessed is difficult to process and move beyond. 

In this webinar presentation, Louisa Higgins will offer a variety of examples of historical and current graphic novels. She will also present comics done by three local artists, along with an interpretation and explanation of their work. There will also be an opportunity to create one’s own two to five panel comic during the session. All participants will receive a copy of the presentation slides as well as the handouts of blank comic frames, to use with their own class. This presentation will also connect to all the current educational pedagogies, including how the arts help with healing and wellbeing.

Register for this online workshop scheduled for February 2, 2022 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. here.  

View or download workshop flyer here.

San Francisco Unified School District Finalizes Arts & Creativity 2025: SFUSD’s Arts Equity Plan

SFUSD in the final stages of getting Arts & Creativity 2025: SFUSD’s Arts Equity Plan sent to the Board of Education for final approval. The plan is translated and available in seven languages on SFUSD Board Docs. The Arts Equity Plan is the result of several years of planning and collaboration with the San Francisco Arts community, including educators, advocates, artists, non-profits, and funders to ensure we are clear on the need for more access and equity in arts education for all SFUSD students.

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 Music Educators Association (CMEA) Produced Winter Issue
The CMEA Magazine is published quarterly (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) by CMEA. Read the Winter issue linked here.

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 reach.tcap@gmail.com for more information. More details linked here.

  • Los Angeles 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 www.tcap.net
California Subject Matter Project – https://csmp.online
Facebook – The California Arts Project

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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2022 Education Budget

January 10 – Press Release

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed education budget for the fiscal year 2022–23:

“This once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for our students, families, and educators. We must now meet those challenges and continue to transform California schools. The Governor’s proposed budget will almost triple the amount of per-pupil investment from a decade ago and will allow the state to address historic inequities, learning loss, and the social-emotional needs of our students. I want to thank the Governor for the attention and focus on our students and schools in a time when we need all the resources possible to help students heal, recover, and thrive.

“As with last year, California continues to need increased investments in mental health to address the severe trauma our students have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which we know will have a lasting impact on their ability to learn and succeed through the rest of their lives. The Governor’s budget proposal aligns with and reflects many of the CDE’s priorities and my priorities.

“Many are calling for action to address a growing youth mental health crisis nationally. I’ve proposed a plan to recruit 10,000 new clinicians to provide for the mental health needs of California students. The plan centers on offering scholarships to encourage candidates to pursue careers in the mental health profession and serve in high-need schools and communities. I will sponsor legislation to help accomplish this investment as part of the Governor’s proposed emergency response package.

“In addition to addressing student mental health, now is the time in California public education when we have all the resources and conditions in place to make good on a promise of closing the achievement gap by helping all students reach literacy by third grade, a key benchmark in measuring and predicting student success. When students don’t learn to read by third grade, they are at greater risk to drop out of school and end up in the criminal justice system, so we must give them resources now to put them on a path for lifelong learning. CDE’s newly formed literacy task force and initiative are working to ensure that all students can read by third grade by the year 2026 and to support the Governor’s proposed historic investment in literacy and biliteracy. Click here to read the full news release.

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!

January 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 info@createca.org.

Lack of arts education is an equity issue. The arts are a right for all students, not only a privilege for those who can afford it. Join us in fighting for equitable and relevant arts education for the students who don’t have access, or don’t see themselves in the curriculum. Use these six social media posts to advocate in your community!

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!

Suggested Social Media Posts for January from CREATE CA

Join CSSSA This Summer!
For teens who love to create, The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) welcomes 500+ high school students each summer to celebrate and explore the arts. CSSSA is a California State program that makes the arts affordable and accessible during this month-long, immersive experience. Generous funding is available, and all are encouraged to apply for scholarships. CSSSA offers 7 areas of study, including Animation, Dance, Film, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, and Writing. It is a pre-professional program where students earn up to 3 college credits and become part of a community of artists that they take with them for life.

Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar Creativity Course – Spring 2022

This advanced-level online course in the Teacher as Creative Practitioner Scholar series explores Creativity: theories, research, practice. Discover the theoretical underpinnings of creativity and examine evidence-based research, including some of the difficulties in creativity investigation.

Through the seminar format, facilitate one 30-minute session to take a deeper dive into a particular aspect of creativity. Reflect through writing and connective conversation with your teaching peers. Launch a personal inquiry project exploring creativity in your own teaching. Revitalize a sense of curiosity at the core of your artistic and teaching practice. Artist Educators from all disciplines welcome.

There is no prerequisite for this course, however, those who took the first TaCPS course will apply Action Research methods to their inquiry. An optional intro to Action Research methods/review workshop is available to those who would like to use Action Research in their inquiry but have not taken TaCPS 1, or for TaCPS alumni who would like a review. Those interested in this optional workshop must first contact Jochelle, jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org.This is the 2nd course in a series that is being developed, and eventually there will be prerequisite Action Research course.CEUs available through Loyola Marymount University.

January 22-March 26, 2022
10 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm via Zoom
Registration is linked here.

Please email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org with any questions, or to inquire about tuition assistance.


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)


February 2, 2022
Arts as LIFE!

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

February 8, 2022
California-Taiwan Project

Presented by Humboldt County Office of Education
Register here and view flyer here

February 23-25, 2022
CISC 2022 Leadership Symposium

Presented by San Diego County Office of Education
Register here

MARCH 2022

March 1, 2022
California Arts Education Framework Virtual Launch
Sponsored by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative, CISC Arts Subcommittee, The California Arts Project,
and the California Department of Education
Registration is FREE, click here to register and/or download the flyer

March 1, 2022
Fine Art Professional Learning Workshop: Altered Books
Presented by the Riverside County Office of Education
Register here and view/download flyer here

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


March 12, 2022 – In Person
Creative Education Symposium: Connecting the Arts to Social-Emotional Learning
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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