November 2021 CCSESA Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Arts Education Framework Rollout Activities

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and the CISC Arts Subcommittee continue to partner with the California Department of Education and The California Arts Project in planning for a three-year Arts Education Framework Rollout. An Executive Committee and Leadership Committee have been formed and are meeting monthly to make plans for rollout activities, including a virtual launch event in March 2022.

Arts Education Framework Resources Now Available
The resources are sets of PowerPoint slides that can be downloaded and customized for presentations. The content was selected and refined in collaboration with leaders from California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Statewide Arts Initiative and The California Arts Project (TCAP). The slides are mostly self-explanatory, but in some places the slide notes contain clarifying talking points, possible reflection questions, or notes that may be useful for anyone facilitating a group. Users may wish to add graphics and additional slides for interactivity or perhaps break up the content into smaller chunks. In their current state, the slides are accessible to screen readers and compliant with federal accessibility guidelines.   To access the decks, click here and scroll down to Arts Framework Resources. Currently decks are available for the Guide to Reading and Using the Framework, Chapter 1: Vision and Goals for Standards Based Arts Education, Chapter 2: The Instructional Cycle, and Chapter 9: Implementing Effective Arts Education.  

TCAP Leadership Practicum
CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and TCAP are sponsoring a TCAP Leadership Practicum focused on the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve geared for county office and TCAP leaders. This is an opportunity to join a professional learning community to become more familiar with the document and to dive deeply into some of the content of the Framework. To view the flyer, click here. 

Save the Date! We are pleased to announce the the Virtual Launch of the Arts Education Framework will be March 1, 2022. Look for more details to come!

CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)  


Professional Learning Series – Session 2: Your Rural Landscape: Assets & Opportunities for Arts Education

December 1, 2021 from 9-11 a.m.

Participants will:

  • Engage in guided data exploration to identify gaps in service deliver and equitable access.
  • Network and connect with other county leaders from across the state!

Target Audience: County Office Leaders

Register here.
View/download CRAN Session 2 flyer 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 and/or Register here

Counties Collaborate to Provide Professional Learning Offerings Focused on the CCSESA Creativity at the Core Modules

The California Arts Standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on October 28 or November 15
The California Arts Standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) professional learning is designed for arts educators, multiple subject teachers, school and district administrators, and teaching artists to deepen their understanding of the connections between the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools and UDL in addition to strategies for implementation. This professional learning is offered by Butte, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tulare County Offices of Education as part of the collective work of CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Creativity at the Core Module 20. This 2-hour professional learning will be offered virtually three times this fall. Please select ONE professional learning session to attend. To register, click here.

Please help us in publicizing these professional learning opportunities. Click here for the flyer.

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!

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.

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

Materials: A list of suggested readings will be provided to participants upon registration

Questions? Please contact Jessie Mapes if you have questions at

Register here today!
Click here to view/download a webinar flyer (PDF)

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 11.16.21) – 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 County Office of Education

Picture Your Story: An Integrated Approach to Arts & ELD

For California TK-5 Teachers, TOSAs, Art Specialists, & ELD Specialists

November 16, 2021 from 3:30-5:30 PM

Alameda County Office of Education is hosting a free workshop open to all educators in California!  Join us for this dynamic workshop where we will focus on incorporating the power of the arts to cultivate writing and storytelling in the elementary classroom.

Content will help educators create an inclusive environment for multilingual students to support English Language Development.  Featuring keynote speaker Merryl Goldberg, this is not one to miss!

View/Download flyer, click here.
Register Today click here.

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


Demystifying the Framework
The State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) on July 8, 2020. The Arts Framework supports the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve, (Arts Standards), which were adopted by the SBE in January 2019. 

Please join Louisa Higgins, RCOE Arts Administrator and Peggy Burt, Arts Consultant, as they share their study and learnings about the framework.  They will demystify the pertinent information contained in this lengthy and informative document through a presentation that is experiential and will leave participants with a thorough and practical working knowledge of the Arts Framework.

View/Download flyer, click here.

Poetry and Ethnic Studies
Please join Louisa Higgins, Arts Administrator, and Don Powell, History/Social Studies Administrator as they present a brief overview of how poetry (and other art forms) can be used to teach Ethnic Studies. They will be working with “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost and “The Border” by Alberto Rios.

Participants in the presentation will be given the slides for use in their classrooms following the presentation.  

View/Download flyer, click here.

Thursday, December 2, 2021
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Details/Registration – click here

2021 Fall into the Arts

THE ONLINE SERIES IS BACK! Over 25,000 students participated last spring and we look forward to helping you bring the arts to life in your classroom this fall.

Music, Theatre & Dance for grades K-12 | Diverse performances and workshops Promotes Common Core and social emotional learning skills
Pre-recorded offerings to access at your convenience
Pre-performance resource materials available for enhanced learning. 

View/Download flyer, click here.

DUKE – Honolulu Theatre for Youth – November 29 – December 10, 2021
CENICIENTA: A ILINGUAL CINDERELLA STORY – Glass Half Full Theatre – November 29 – December 10, 2021

Learn more about this online series here.

San Mateo County Office of Education – Arts as LIFE! SAVE THE DATE 2.2.22

Arts as LIFE! Save the Date on 2.2.22

This virtual day-long PD will be rich with opportunities to practice creativity and its connections to the vital racial equity and inclusion work we all are leading for in this trying time. This institute is open to all teachers and admin K-12 and will include presenters from 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 Arts Commission Office of Arts and Culture as well as a Rockstar line-up for the keynote and a special panel on Student Voice and MORE!

The workshops will highlight key topics for student engagement including all 5 arts disciplines, diversity, equity & inclusion, SEL, and Trauma-Informed Practices. We are very excited about this day! Please save the date! Please invite your colleagues! We will have an Eventbrite link available in early December and we look forward to seeing you 2.2.22!

Click here to view/download a SAVE THE DATE flyer!

Tulare County Office of Education – ARTS + SEL Virtual Workshop Series

ARTS + SEL Virtual Workshop Series – Did You Know? Visual and Performing Arts integrated lessons can support the Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning needs of every child. Aligned to California’s new Arts Standards and the CASEL Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies, ARTS + SEL will help educators discover how to utilize the visual and  performing arts as a tool for promoting student health and wellness and for improving school climate and culture.

This fast-paced and interactive professional learning series will highlight a wide range of hands-on activities and research-based strategies to engage learners of all ages and all abilities. Participants will walk away with tools and resources they can use immediately to integrate the arts into their classrooms to impact student creativity, self-awareness, self-expression, decision making, and positive relationships.

Join Us Virtually for This Two-Day Series!

December 1 and December 8, 2021
Location: Zoom (Link will be emailed after registration)
Audience: PK-12 Educators
Register here today! 
View/Download flyer, click here
Kate Stover – or 559-741-0809


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

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

To view/download Registration Brochure – click here

California Department of Public Health – COVID-19 Testing Guidance

CDPH updated its COVID-19 Testing Guidance on October 29, 2021.  Among other updates, the guidance now reflects that in schools and other settings (EXCLUDING healthcare, long-term care and high-risk congregate settings), “Antigen tests are acceptable to determine both the presence or absence of active infection with SARS-CoV-2 in individuals with or without symptoms. Repeat antigen testing and/or confirmatory molecular testing should be considered in individuals who receive a negative result with an antigen test but have symptoms specific for COVID-19 (such as loss of taste and smell).”  More information is available here

2021-22 TCAP’s Artful Inquiry Intensive Programs – Now Artful Program are Virtual!

TCAP Artful Inquiry Intensives – Two Options – Registration is now open!
TCAP’s 2021 – 2022  Artful Inquiry Intensives are offered this year in two virtual formats to meet arts and career arts educators’ needs. Both options begin in December and end in April. Space is limited. TCAP is waiving all registration fees to California’s arts educators.  TCAP Artful Inquiry Information and Registration Link

TCAP Latin Music Webinar Series – Woman, Social Justice, Latin Music – November 30, 2021 3:30 – 5:00 pm
The third year of TCAP’s Latin Music Webinar Series begins with Dr. Martha Gonzalez. Dr. Gonzalez is a Chicana Artivista musician, feminist music theorist, and Associate Professor at Scripps/Claremont College. The webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information and registration link visit TCAP Woman, Social Justice, Latin Music Webinar  

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 pening and arts education. Visit often, as the collections are updated and expanding.

TCAP Regional Arts Education Network Communities
November 17, 2021  •   February 23, 2022  •  May 18, 2022
Designed by arts educators, TCAP’s communities provide an opportunity for TK- through postsecondary dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and CTE AME educators to connect, collaborate, and stay informed of regional and statewide arts education. Network sessions are offered at no cost from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and registration links click here TCAP Regional Arts Education Network Communities 


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

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State Board Adoption of Arts Instructional Materials
At its meeting on November 3, 2021, the State Board of Education voted to approve instructional materials for the disciplines of visual arts and music. The programs, two for visual arts (grades 1–6 and K–8) and one for music (K–5), align with the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

Three visual arts publishers and two music publishers submitted instructional programs for the 2021 Arts Adoption, which began on May 7, 2021. The State Board’s action formalized the recommendations of the Instructional Materials Reviewers and Content Review Experts who participated in the 2021 Arts Adoption, and approved by the Instructional Quality Commission at its meeting in September. The decisions are posted on the Arts Instructional Materials web page linked here.

While school districts may follow local processes for choosing instructional materials, those adopted by the State Board undergo rigorous review by panels of educators. They offer high-quality materials designed to meet the needs of students with a wide range of abilities and can support quality arts learning in California schools and communities. 

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.

School districts are making crucial funding decisions right now and ahow to use the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSERIII) fund!

Your school leaders require community input about how to allocate these billions of dollars. Let them know that investing in arts education means investing in students’ mental wellbeing, academic achievement, future careers, and civic engagement. Create CA recently released two resources for advocates and school leaders. Create CA has resources for you to navigate and advocate for additional funding for arts education! 

Have questions about the ARP ESSER III funds? Use our new resource sheet to help encourage your school leaders to include the arts as a strategy for students’ engagement and mental wellbeing in their ESSER expenditure plans. 

Arts education is a proven strategy for students’ Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and our new flyers for Advocates  and School Leaders (Spanish versions here) will aid in your advocacy! Use this vital information to ensure that all students have access to the arts. 

Take these flyers to your school board, administrators, and school leaders to alert them of arts education’s proven social emotional benefits! Please distribute to anyone you think might be interested and thank you to everyone who provided input into these resources.

Investing in arts education means schools are investing in students’ mental wellbeing, academic achievement, future careers and community engagement. Use Create CA’s contact your school leaders tool to let them know about the power of arts education. 

The arts have been proven to improve student’s academic performance, increase their civic engagement and set them up for future career success. Tell your school board about how the arts help them achieve their goals by tagging them in these social media posts.

Are you looking for ways to advocate for arts education in your community? Look no further! Create CA has five images for you to easily share on your social media and spread the word about how the arts are an investment in the future.

Download the November Social Media Toolkit here.

Suggested Social Media Posts for November from CREATE CA

Download the social media toolkit ( and follow along through our social media channels as well as Create CA’s! Join the conversation, and talk about the issue in your community using the hashtags #CreativityIsNotOptional and #ArtsEdRebuilds. Sign the pledge at today to recognize the importance of a full and relevant arts education!

Racial Equity Learning Resources
Why Race? A Learning Journey to Achieve Racial Equity

This resource page provides different methods, commitments, and points of entry  that local, state, and national arts organizations use to address racial equity. It is important to recognize that every organization and individual decision-maker holds a different context and social position. Please use the resources below as inspiration to start, refine, and/or support the development of your racial equity statement and practice.

Be mindful of the fact that countless hours of labor, often by people who have been most impacted by white supremacy, racial inequity and injustice, have gone into creating these statements, frameworks, and tools. Please provide proper credit when using an organization’s or leader’s work. Let’s practice reciprocity and respect.

NOTE: The following resources and definitions are starting points. Racial equity work is an ongoing learning process and we offer this resource as a catalyst to support your research.

To View Resources – click here

Luna Dance Institute – Professional Learning for Artists, Educators, and Community Workers

Luna Dance Institute is a nationally-acclaimed dance education organization based in Berkeley, CA. Their mission is to bring high-quality dance to ALL children.

Luna’s November Dance Educator Newsletter shares new workshops, conversations, lesson videos & resources linked here. Visit Luna Dance Institute’s website here to view all workshops, institutes, resources, and so much more.

The STELLAR Project (Strategies For Technology Enhanced Learning and Literacy Through Art)

The STELLAR project is in partnership with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and offers online PD
for teachers to learn Visual Thinking Strategies, a strategy that brings visual arts into the classroom
and also compliments writing instruction across the content areas. We are currently recruiting for
teachers of grades 4 – 8 and hoping to get teachers signed up and schools on board by the end of
November so that teachers have the option to take the online PD over winter break. All teachers are
offered $250-550 for their participation. Please see the information below and let me know if you
have any questions.

Click here for more information!
Click above to view informational YouTube video


U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Presentation on the Healing Power of the
Click above to view U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s Presentation via YouTube video

Arts education across the nation could become even more integral to student and school success as well as more inclusive of diverse student experiences and cultures over the next five years as a result of a groundbreaking partnership between arts education organizations led by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), a national non-profit for visual arts, design, and media arts educators.

Partners received a more than $8.5 million federal grant to fund their project, Connected Arts Networks (CAN): Leveraging Arts Learning Communities for Teacher Leadership and Student Achievement, which focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion; social-emotional learning; and professional learning communities for arts teachers. All work is aligned to the National Core Arts Standards which recognizes arts education as dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

In addition to NAEA, project partners are the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and the New York City Department of Education’s (NYCDOE’s) Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP). Moreover, a comprehensive five-year evaluation of the project will be conducted by Metis Associates. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Education. To read more, click here.

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.

Save the Music Foundation Presents Monthly Webinar Series: Student Empowerment through SEL in Music Education

Save The Music Foundation will be presenting a free, monthly webinar series this school year in partnership with the Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning (ArtsEdSEL). The webinar series called STUDENT EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SEL IN MUSIC EDUCATION is geared towards music educators but is also relevant for student musicians (high school/college), parents and families, and music education advocates. Any person interested in social emotional learning in music education is welcome to attend! 

Learn more about the series on our website


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.



November 16, 2021
Picture Your Story: An Integrated Approach to Arts & ELD
November 16, 2021
3:30 – 5:30 pm
View/Download flyer, click here
Register here


December 1, 2021
CRAN Session 2 –
9:00 – 11:00 am
View/download flyer click here
Register here

December 1 & 8, 2021
ARTS + SEL Virtual Workshop Series
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Register here 
View/Download flyer, Click here

December 2, 2021
Poetry and Ethnic Studies

3:30 – 4:15 pm
Presented by Riverside County Office of Education
Register here

December 10, 2021
2021 Fall into the Arts Series

9:00 – 11:30 am
Presented by McCallum Theatre
Register/learn more here


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 23-25, 2022
CISC 2022 Leadership Symposium

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


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