June 2021 CCSESA Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

Inside this Issue

  • CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News
  • 2020-21 Year In Review
  • County Programs
  • State Highlights
  • National Highlights
  • Professional Learning Opportunities

CCSESA STATEWIDE ARTS INITIATIVE NEWS

 

New Creativity at the Core Module 23: Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms, Grades TK-6

CCSESA is proud to announce the launch of a new module developed by Jeannine Flores, Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL).

This module brings together high-quality arts integration professional learning to support Media Arts across the state. The Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms Module provides foundational skills and instruction in various Media Arts contents. Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) is featured in the module providing a blended model of online and virtual professional development. Outstanding industry partners provided foundational skills and instruction along with TEAL experts.

Since the adoption of the California Arts Standards for Public Schools and the California Arts Framework for Public Schools, there is a need for a practical introduction to Media Arts at the elementary level. Students are learning from home on devices and are consuming, creating, and sharing media online. Educators are eager to develop media skills to support student content that is both current and standards aligned. Media Arts is a natural fit to the modern elementary classroom where students can express their voice and ideas in creative ways.

Please take time to review all the lessons, videos, and resources developed through a yearlong process that included a professional learning series with educators, CLICK HERE.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this module. Special thanks to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Stuart Foundation for their support of this work.

To view the entire suite of Creativity at the Core modules, CLICK HERE.

California Arts Standards Introduction – FREE Professional Learning Opportunity

The California Arts Standards Introduction professional learning is designed for arts educators, multiple subject teachers, school and district administrators, and teaching artists to deepen their understanding of the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools and explore strategies for implementation.

This FREE professional learning is offered by Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, San Diego, Stanislaus, and Tulare County Offices of Education as part of the collective work of CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Creativity at the Core Module 22 – California Arts Standards for Public Schools: Resources for Learning & Implementation. This 2-hour virtual professional learning will be offered six times this summer:

  • June 17th – Hosted by Humboldt & Tulare COEs
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED
  • June 29th – Hosted by Fresno & San Diego COEs
    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • July 27th – Hosted by Los Angeles & Stanislaus COEs
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • July 27th – Hosted by Los Angeles & Stanislaus COEs
    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • August 4th – Hosted by Humboldt & Tulare COEs
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • August 12th – Hosted by Fresno & San Diego COEs
    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SAVE THE DATE! English Language Learners and the Arts – FREE Webinar


CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with the Center for Distance and Online Learning (cdol) at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, is proud to present and host a FREE webinar on English Language Learners and the Arts on September 22, 2021 starting at 3:30 p.m.

This interactive webinar will share best practices, strategies, and systemic supports to emphasize how the Arts are a vibrant and critical means to nurture English Language Learners’ academic success.

Please SAVE THE DATE! Look for more details/information and for registration to open next month.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE SAVE THE DATE FLYER (PDF)

COVID-19 Update from the California Department of Health

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, held a special press conference to provide more detail about the relaxed mask mandates, providing more specific detail about how the state’s mask guidelines will look going forward. In many cases, people who are fully vaccinated will not need to wear a mask indoors. Dr. Ghaly noted that unvaccinated people should wear masks indoors at places like restaurants, movie theaters, and grocery stores.  

Cases where fully vaccinated people DO need to wear a mask: 

  • Public transportation hubs like airports and bus terminals 
  • Indoors in K-12 school settings and for other childcare activities. Dr. Ghaly noted that this may change based on ongoing conversations with CDC.
  • Health care facilities 
  • Correctional/detention facilities  
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers 

Further, Dr. Ghaly said that business owners can do the following: 

  • Ask customers if they are fully vaccinated so they can go without masks 
  • Ask customers to prove they are fully vaccinated so they can go without masks 
  • Requires all customers to continue wearing masks regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.  

To review the full masking guidance updates, please view HERE: The Governor’s office also released this document: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Beyond-the-Blueprint-Fact-Sheet.pdf to help us all understand how to navigate “Beyond the Blueprint” on Tuesday, June 15th as the state fully reopens.  

Rejuvenate, Relax, and Re-energize this Summer!

So often, as educators, we focus on caring for and serving others. Particularly in the past year, we have had many uncertainties and challenges!  As summer unfolds, we hope you have time to take care of yourself and find time to explore ways to rejuvenate, relax, and practice self-care so that you can re-energize during the summer months.  For ideas for self-care, click here for 40 Self Care Techniques to Rejuvenate and Restore Yourself.


Take some time to experiment with different techniques and activities that bring you joy, happiness, and wellbeing. Summer can be a time to re-calibrate your routines to ensure you are doing those things that truly feed your soul and allow you to refresh and renew while also refueling.  While not all of us will take too much time off this summer, we hope you have time to carve out some time to take care of yourselves. CLICK HERE to find more ideas that have been offered by educators.   

Educators need to take time for themselves over the summer, to focus on personal aspects of their lives that may have been pushed to the side or neglected during the course of the busy school year. Prioritizing our hobbies, families, and joys fills a place in our hearts, eliminates feelings of burnout, and otherwise makes us better employees! – anonymous.

CCSESA 2020-21 YEAR IN REVIEW

 


CCSESA Arts and Partners have had a productive year. Below are highlights of some of the virtual professional learning offerings we offered in 2020-21.  Many thanks to those who participated in these events/offerings and provided their expertise and insights.


What Sweeter Music: Arts and Social Emotional Learning in Harmony!

CCSESA Arts partnered with Create CA on September 16, 2020, to host an interactive meeting and shared rational, classroom practices and resources for the Arts and Social Emotional Learning, What Sweeter Music: Arts and Social Emotional Learning in Harmony!

Featured Headliner:
Aaron Bryan, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Presenters included:
Mariana Astorga- Almanza, Create CA Leadership and Lynwood Unified School District
Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative
Michael Gutierrez, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District (Fresno County)
Tony Sanders, Big Picture Educational Academy (Fresno County).



Creative Action Planning: Mapping A Response in Light of Current Challenges

In September we hosted a 2-day training on arts education planning. Participants were introduced to highly effective ways of collaboration to address trends and engaged in meaningful dialogue that led to concrete actions and priorities. The online training allowed participants to further develop their leadership and facilitation skills to be used into all aspects of their work.

Co-Presenters:
Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies
Kimberleigh Aarn, California Alliance for Arts Education



CCSEAS Rural Arts Network (CRAN)

In September 2020, the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative announced the formation of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN). Built on the success of the 2019-20 Rural County Arts Cohort, comprised of eight county offices of education (Amador, Butte, Humboldt, Mono Imperial, Mariposa, Nevada, and Tulare). Leaders from county offices of education who primarily serve rural communities and/or have interest in learning more about the rural context were invited to attend and share their voice to expand the field’s understanding of the specific strengths and challenges of our rural areas in order to offer equitable, accessible arts education for students in Grades Pre-K through12.

The inaugural year kicked off in September 2020 and subsequently, we held virtual monthly meetings (September 2020-May 2021). Rural leaders and guests shared emerging and best practices they are using to build momentum for arts education. Participants heard from county office leaders who are implementing their strategic arts plans and engaged in powerful learning that was focused on arts integration. Participants were also inspired by compelling stories of how rural communities are building capacity for arts education and participated in multiple discussions that will help guide next steps in furthering arts education in California’s rural communities.

Meeting hosts:
Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative;
Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies;
Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education; and
Stacy Young, Humboldt County Office of Education

Highlights included:
– Diving into CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Module 21: Creativity and Collaboration in Rural Communities developed by Tulare County Office of Education and Module 5: A.C.T.O.S. Arts integration: Culturally Responsive Arts Learning Across the Curriculum Tied to Common Core (Grades K-8)  developed by the Monterey County Office of Education
– Rural Definitions – Census vs. NCES
– Partnerships
– Funding
– Strategic Planning and
– Networking

Guest Presenters included:
Cara Goger, Mariposa Arts Council
Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Emiliano Valdez, Monterey County Office of Education
Louisa Higgins, Riverside County Office of Education
Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education
Debbie Yarrow, Creative Sonoma
Karen McGahey, Sonoma County Office of Education

CRAN will become a featured component in our Regional and County Arts Leads meetings in 2021-22.



Local Advocacy Webinar Series: Rural Arts Education Strategies

On October 22, 2020, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative partnered with the California Alliance for Arts Education who hosted a webinar, Rural Arts Education Strategies, as part of a Local Advocacy Webinar Series. Participants heard from a panel of experts who have created tailored approaches for the specific challenges rural communities face.

Presenters included:
Dionna Fletcher, Arts Education Professional
Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies
Tim Taylor, Small District Schools Association
Queana Givens-Jarvis, Imperial County Office of Education
Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education
Brian Buckley, Nevada County Arts Council



The Art of Everything Leadership Conversations
 
CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative partnered with CREATE CA to sponsor a five-part Leadership Series focused on the book The Art of Everything: Leading for “We” in the Age of “Me” written by Dr. Gary Waddell. The Art of Everything Leadership Conversations is intended for aspiring, emerging, and experienced leaders to come together in conversation and community around the key leadership concepts in the book.

Through the interactive series, participants focused on key elements of artful leadership and explored with the author, guest presenters, guest arts hosts, the key concepts of artistry, equity, empathic design, strategy, and humility as important elements of equitable and creative leadership that can impact positive change. Course credit was available through CSU San Marcos. Sessions were held on the third Friday of each month, January through May 2021.

Guest Presenters:
Seitu Jemel Hart, CEO, Careers in Entertainment
Janice E. Jackson, Ed.D., Independent Education Consultant
– Cherie Hill, Choreographer, Dance Educator, and Arts Administrator
Rebecca Vyduna, Academic Program Professional and President, San Francisco Board of Education

Guest Arts Host/Facilitators:
Dionna Ndlovu, Performance Artist & Arts Education Professional
Gabriela Lopez, M.Ed.
Dairrick ‘Khalil Bleux’ Hodges, Artist, Activist, and Educator
Héctor Márquez, Arts Educator

The last session featured a panel with these leaders:
Collette Williams Alleyne, Inner-City Arts;
Scott Fitzpatrick, Orange County Department of Education
Jeannine Flores, Los Angeles County Office of Education

We also heard reflections from the following educators:
Amanda Chiado, San Benito Arts Council and
Yuko Wenzel, Hoopa Valley Elementary School



Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times: A National Dialogue

On February 5, 2021, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and the California Alliance for Arts Education co-presented a rural arts education webinar, Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times: A National Dialogue. Participants engaged and learned strategic mapping interactive processes created by Americans for the Arts and networked with other leaders from across the country to and gained a greater understanding of the rural context by engaging in a national conversation.

National and State experts included:
Dr. Lisa DonovanMassachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Erica BarretoMassachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Peggy BurtMindful Strategies
Dr. Adelaide Kuehn, California Alliance for Arts Education
Héctor MárquezPulse Arts, Inc.



Why Art? Harnessing the Power of Arts Education Research

On March 12, 2021 CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative joined forces with the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), CREATE CA, and CSU San Marcos – Art=Opportunity in hosting a free webinar Why Art? Harnessing the Power of Arts Education Research featuring key education research and advocacy resources. Participants learned about current research that supports arts education and how to increase public will for the arts education, interacted with arts advocates in breakout groups and heard compelling stories from student alumni of the CSSSA.

Presenters included: 
Dr. Merryl Goldberg, CSU San Marcos/ ART=OPPORTUNITY
Dr. Laura Smyth, Arts Education Consultant
Dr. Adelaide Kuehn, California Alliance for Arts Education
Nancy Meza, Escondido Elementary School District
CSSSA Alumni: Jessica, Kim, Paul, and Yvette

Hats off to all the regional and county offerings that also provided spaces for educators to network, learn professionally, and connect on a variety of key topics. 

Counties on the Move: Arts Education for All Students publication

The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative believes that the arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum and are essential for learning in the 21st century. All California students – from every culture, geographic region and socio-economic level – deserve quality arts learning in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts as part of the core curriculum. In this issue, we would like to highlight the excellent work being done on behalf of students primarily in northern California.

CLICK HERE to view/download the entire Counties on the Move: Arts Education for All Students publication.

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads
(as of June 15, 2021) – CLICK HERE Please let us know if you would like to make any changes/additions.

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.

COUNTY PROGRAMS

 

 


Humboldt County Office of Education – U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Initiative

The 6 Rivers National Forest is donating the US Capitol Christmas Tree and 120 companion trees. Humboldt County Office of Education is partnering with the Forest Service to have California students make the 15,000 ornaments that will be displayed on the trees.

Learn More/Resources:

 


Mono County Office of Education’s Inaugural Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute (CESSAI)

June 21-22, 2021
A two-day immersive exploration in arts integration. Restoring joy for students and educators!

The Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute will provide arts training and tools that meet the California Arts Standards and address Social-Emotional Competencies for teachers to integrate into their classrooms. 

  • 75 minute, interactive & engaging online workshops
  • 15 minutes at end of each workshops for reflection & questions
  • Digital Media workshop led by KQED and PBS-SoCAL

    To learn more, click HERE – $100 registration fee (Teachers currently working in Mono County are free!
  • Merryl Goldberg, Arts Integration: Skateboards, Speech & Possibilities
    Professor of Music & Arts Integration, CSU San Marcos
  • Louisa Higgins Putting the A+ in STEAM: Watt’s Up?
    Visual & Performing Arts Administrator, Riverside County Office of Education

 


Los Angeles County Office of Education – Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms 2.0: Supporting ELLS SERIES

Since the adoption of the California Arts Standards for Public Schools and the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, there is a need for practical introduction to Media Arts at the elementary level. Students are learning at home and school. They are on devices while consuming, creating, and sharing media. Educators are eager to develop media skills to support student content that is both current and standards-aligned. Media Arts is a natural fit to the modern elementary classroom where students can express their voice and ideas in creative ways. 

In the Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms 2.0 series, we will focus on adding English Language Development (ELD) strategies to media arts integration professional learning. This series is designed for TK-6 teachers and 7-12 teachers looking to integrate media arts and ELD strategies into their classrooms. This series highlights the CCSESA Creativity at the Core Module 23 (referenced above) and is made possible through a partnership with CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative.   

Session One: Media Arts 2.0 Overview – August 5, 2021

Session Two: Media Arts 2.0: Photography – September 2, 2021

Session Three: Media Arts 2.0: Video Production – October 7, 2021

Session Four: Media Arts 2.0: Audio Recording – November 4, 2021

In this series, TK-6 grade teachers will learn how to incorporate Media Arts into their classrooms with an emphasis on California Arts Standards and English Language Development strategies. 

REGISTER HERE


Riverside County Office of Education – Summer Learning Opportunities

SUMMER ARTS WEBINAR SERIES – FREE
RCOE Visual and Performing Arts invites you to its SUMMER ARTS WEBINAR SERIES. These webinars are for any K-12 teacher who is interested in learning more about the arts and how they can utilize them to enrich and enliven their classroom. Our line up kicks off with guest speaker, Triny Rios, artist and bilingual Associate Professional Clinical Counselor based in Southern California.

June 24, 2021 9-10 a.m.
CREATIVITY AND WELLBEING: How the Arts and SEL Bring Out the Best in Teachers and Students
Details/Registration – CLICK HERE

July 7, 2021 10-11 a.m.
GIVE ME S.T.E.A.M.: Learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math With and Through the Arts
Details/Registration – CLICK HERE

July 27, 2021 1-2 p.m.
THE ARTS AND EDUCATION: Past, Present and Future
Details/Registration – CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER (PDF)

For more information, contact Louisa Higgins, Administrator, Visual and Performing Arts at lhiggins@rcoe.us.


Tell Me Five Things About…Podcast Series
RCOE VAPA Administrator, Louisa Higgins, has developed a podcast series called “Tell Me Five Things About…” She will be talking with many of the friends and acquaintances she has met in her 15 years of arts administration. The podcast subjects include successful practitioners in various arenas of the arts including musicians, dancers, visual artists, actors, filmmakers, graphic designers, arts advocates, and arts leaders.

The series starts with ten interviews with more podcasts coming online on a regular basis. It is meant to be a resource for secondary arts students and teachers as they explore college and career opportunities.

CLICK HERE to access the first 10 podcasts and biographies!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD PODCAST FLYER (PDF)

For more information, contact Louisa Higgins, Administrator, Visual and Performing Arts at lhiggins@rcoe.us.


Cabot Yerxa Arts Lesson Plans
RCOE Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and Cabot’s Pueblo Museum have joined forces to create four new arts lesson plans based on the museum’s art collection and the life and work of Cabot Yerxa. These lessons are suitable for elementary and middle school students and utilize inexpensive art materials that can be found at your local big box or dollar store. We hope you’ll consider doing these lessons either before or immediately following a visit to the museum to allow students to learn with and through the arts.

#1 Action Figure Sculpture Foil Sculpture Examples
#2 Navajo Inspired Blanket Drawing Navajo Blanket Examples
#3 Postcard Printmaking Postcard Print Examples
#4 Two Faced Portrait Two Faced Portrait Examples

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD FLYER (PDF)

For more information, contact Louisa Higgins, Administrator, Visual and Performing Arts at lhiggins@rcoe.us.

STATE HIGHLIGHTS

 

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Arts Education Activism Internship for the 2021-22 school year
The California Alliance for Arts Education (soon to be Create CA!) is launching an Arts Education Activism Internship for the 2021-2022 school year.  The Arts Education Activism Internship brings together students from across California to explore the impacts of activism. In this online program, we will work creatively and collaboratively to build a statewide network of student activists committed to creating change in their schools and communities. The program is open to 9th – 12th graders enrolled in California public schools during the 2021-2022 academic year.
LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE!


As of July 1, 2021, Create CA and the California Alliance for Arts Education will officially merge as one organization under the Create CA brand. We are thrilled to bring you the very best of both organizations, continuing our fight for equitable access to arts education for California students. As we venture forward into our new realities, it’s important that we build a world filled with the creativity students will need to tackle the challenges of their lifetime.

As districts start imagining what the coming year looks like, we know that student wellbeing is everyone’s focus. School districts currently have access to funding for student mental health and social-emotional learning.

Here is the social media toolkit for the month of June but feel free to adapt and use according to your needs.

WEEK OF JUNE 21 – Topic: District Goal – Parent Involvement/School Climate – Arts Ed Data Fact
COPY: As students return to in person learning, school climate and community is more important than ever. Students with an arts education have higher levels of civic engagement, 4x more likely to take part in math and science fairs and 3x more likely to be elected to class office. 

WEEK OF JUNE 28 – Topic: District Goal – College/Career Readiness – Arts Ed Data Fact
COPY: As students return to in person learning, school climate and community is more important than ever. 

Students with an arts education have higher levels of civic engagement, 4x more likely to take part in math and science fairs and 3x more likely to be elected to class office. 

#ArtsEdRebuilds #CreativityIsNotOptional


New Job Posting- Policy Director

The California Alliance and Create CA are in the process of merging to be finalized in July 2021. As a result, the newly merged Create CA is seeking a passionate, dynamic, and collaborative leader in the new position of Policy Director. The right candidate will be articulate about the issues surrounding education systems change, and creative about strategies to engage stakeholders and guide actions that disrupt the roadblocks to ensuring all California students have the right to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. To view the position, please click the link below.

Position: Policy Director
For more information, please visit www.createca.net and www.artsed411.org.


New Job Posting- Arts Now Program Manager

The Arts Now Program Manager is a regular, full-time (40 hours/week) employee of Create CA and reports to Create CA’s Program Director. They will be responsible for cultivating, training and engaging a network of local arts education advocates around the State of California. The Arts Now Program Manager will mentor and coach local leaders as well as develop local advocacy tools and evaluation systems to measure Create CA’s impact in advancing equitable arts education opportunities for students that have historically been marginalized in public education. To view the full job description, please click the link below.

Position: Arts Now Program Manager
If interested, please send cover letter, resume and three professional references in a single PDF to info@createca.net. Include “Arts Now Program Manager” in subject line of submission email. No calls please.

Collective (California’s Arts & Culture Opportunities Resource Center)
Collective is a central hub for connecting California’s arts and culture communities with both the public and one another, by sharing the vast and varied creative assets available within our state. Peruse, publish, and set notifications for new opportunities such as jobs, internships, artist calls, grants, conferences, workshops, and more. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE HUB.

California Department of Education Announces First of its Kind Statewide Online Community of Practice and Collaboration Network for Educators

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) wants educators to know there is an exciting and new way to connect with colleagues statewide. The CDE, in collaboration with the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, has launched California Educators Together, an online platform designed to streamline communication between educators and allow them to access and share a vast library of content, resources, strategies, and supports.

“During the pandemic, just like our students, educators were no longer able to collaborate in person with their peers. We saw this as a challenge that needed to be solved,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.“Certainly, one silver lining of this global pandemic is that CDE, through the generous support of the AT&T Foundation and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, invested in building this one-of-a-kind, web-based community of practice where educators can engage and share their learning resources and best practices with one another. No other state has as comprehensive a platform to respond in real-time to all of these needs and to ensure that all of their districts, all of their schools, and every educator has equitable access to a high-quality digital environment with a comprehensive and growing collection of diverse, open digital resources and to one another for collaborative sharing without ongoing costs to local agencies.”

When a teacher joins California Educators Together, the site organizes them in relation to their job assignment and roles and places them within their education agency (site/district/county). A personalized dashboard based on this profile helps users see communication from teams and their selected subject and grade level groups. Users can share lesson plans, curriculum, and other resources with each other in addition to accessing resources for such topics as literacy and mental health and event updates from their respective school districts.

According to Barbara Murchison, Director of the CDE Educator Excellence and Equity Division, California Educators Together is designed to be the “one-stop shop” for teachers, administrators, and staff working in schools and expanded learning programs looking to improve student outcomes. “We’ve developed robust collections of resources—vetted by CDE staff—to support literacy and social emotional learning and are continuously building out new collections to support instruction across the content areas,” she said.

You can find more information at the California Educators Together website.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

We are excited to share a virtual Professional Development opportunity for arts teachers that is happening June 21, 22, and 23, 2021: the AME (Arts Media and Entertainment) Institute

Although the Institute is planned for CA teachers (and sponsored by the CA CDE) all are welcome, and the access to high-profile creative industry partners is just incredible. The first half of the Institute consists of teacher externships and workshops that get the teachers working in small cohorts with creative industry professionals. We have externships and workshops set up with Nickelodeon, Pensado’s Place, the VFX Society, LA County Museum of Art, Otis College for Art and Design, Center Theatre Group, USITT, and many other incredible partners. The second half of the Institute engages a more traditional conference format, with high-profile speakers, an expo hall, and breakouts on AME program and pathway development, curriculum and instruction, and industry education. The virtual nature of the Institute allows us to pull speakers, presenters, AND registrants from all over the country. We’d love to have other states join us to build this AME community. Please reach out if you have any questions. Please share this webpage link with your members.

TCAP’s Summer Studio: Artists as Observers of the Natural World
Join us on Zoom on July 20, 21, 22, 2021 as we engage in, from an artist’s perspective, observational drawing of the wonderful world of insects. Participants will be introduced to observational drawing, colored pencil techniques, and have time to hone your observational skills.

Participants will discover classroom curricular connections to the California Visual Arts Standards and the Environmental Principles and Goals. Collaborate with others in generating classroom applications for the coming new school year. No previous drawing experience is necessary.

Pre-registration is required, along with a small $25 fee, to secure your spot in the studio. Studio space is limited, and early registration is suggested. Registration will close on July 8. After this date, registrations may be accepted if space is available. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
REGISTER HERE

Contacting TCAP
Kristine Alexander, Executive Director – kalexand@csusb.edu
For TCAP’s programs’ webinar registration links and additional information email reach.tcap@gmail.com.

For TCAP’s Professional Learning Programs and Customized Programs/Support email Armalyn De La O, TCAP Statewide Coordinator at adelao@csusb.edu.

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

Follow TCAP
Instagramwww.instagram.com/Tcapcalifornia
Twitterwww.twitter.com/tcapcalifornia 

Join us on July 21-23, 2021 for The Music Center’s 2021 Virtual Arts Integration Symposium: Tending to Well-Being Through the Arts, a three-day online professional development symposium for TK-12 educators. Expert teaching artists in dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts will guide educators in developing skills and strategies to address student well-being through the arts and offer workshops connected to Social Emotional Learning (SEL), trauma-informed approaches, social justice and much more. 

This year’s symposium will also feature keynote speaker Dr. Tyrone Howard, and sessions led by national partners from New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Newark Museum of Art.

Early Bird special: $100 until 5/31/2021
Regular price: $125 starting 6/1/2021

REGISTER HERE
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
VIEW/DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER HERE (PDF)

Contact Ebony Ruffin, Manager of Professional Development for any questions at (213) 972-3308 or sase@musiccenter.org.

NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

2021 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Virtual Gathering

This September 14 and 15, 2021, AEP invites you join to our second ever Virtual Gathering. While we are eager to convene in person, we have decided to host our annual event virtually given continued uncertainty and safety concerns. We are looking forward to seeing you online! Arts and education leaders from across the nation will convene virtually on September 14 and 15 to explore solutions aimed at ensuring all learners  day event that features keynote speakers, panel discussions, concurrent sessions and online networking opportunities. We believe that all art forms are important, and all educators are important whether learning takes place in schools or communities. The gathering is a place to share the best of what’s happening across the country in all learning spaces.

To read more about the virtual gathering, click HERE.

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

 

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.

JUNE 2021

June 17, 2021
California Arts Standards Introduction
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by Humboldt & Tulare COEs
REGISTER HERE

June 21-22, 2021 (Two Days)
Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the Mono County Office of Education & Mono Arts Council
REGISTER HERE

June 21-23, 2021 (Three Days)
California AME (Arts, Media, and Entertainment) Institute
DAY ONE: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
DAY TWO: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
DAY THREE: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presented by Adobe, Soundtrap – A Spotify Company, California Film Commission and the California Department of Education
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June 29, 2021
California Arts Standards Introduction
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by Fresno & San Diego COEs
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JULY 2021


July 20 -22, 2021 (Three Days)
The California Arts Project’s Summer Studio: Artists as Observers of the Natural World
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP)

MORE INFORMATION HERE

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July 27, 2021
California Arts Standards Introduction
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by Los Angeles & Stanislaus COEs
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July 27, 2021
California Arts Standards Introduction
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by Los Angeles & Stanislaus COEs
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AUGUST 2021

August 4, 2021
California Arts Standards Introduction
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by Humboldt & Tulare COEs
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August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4, 2021
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms 2.0: Supporting ELLs SERIES (4 Day Event)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with Las Fotos Project, KQED, PBS SoCal, and Soundtrap for Education by Spotify

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August 12, 2021
California Arts Standards Introduction
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by Fresno & San Diego COEs
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August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4, 2021
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms 2.0: Supporting ELLs SERIES (4 Day Event)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with Las Fotos Project, KQED, PBS SoCal, and Soundtrap for Education by Spotify

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SEPTEMBER 2021

September 14-15, 2021 (Two Days)
2021 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Virtual Gathering
Presented by Arts Education Partnership and in support by the Education Commission of the States
MORE INFORMATION HERERegistration will open this summer!

September 22, 2021
English Language Learners and the Arts – FREE Webinar
Starts at 3:30 p.m.
Presented by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with the Center for Distance and Online Learning (cdol) at the Los Angeles County Office of Education
SAVE THE DATE FLYERRegistration will open this summer!

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