October 2021 CCSESA Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of:

FOCUSING on equitable access to the arts at local, state, and national levels;

ENCOURAGING individuals, organizations, and diverse communities to participate in the arts;

ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and

RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

The arts and humanities have played a critically important role in getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic and in amplifying the need for racial equity across the country. National Arts & Humanities Month is the time for communities to come together in unified celebration of the power of the arts to make a difference and change our lives for the better. Learn more about how you can get involved by clicking here.


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, go to https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/cf/ 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. 

CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)  

Plans are in place for 2021-22 CRAN activities which will include four virtual convenings of rural county office of education leaders. Goals of CRAN include:

– 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. To view the flyer, click here.

Don’t miss our first session on October 27, 2021 with guest speakers, Jack Bareilles, Northern Humboldt UHSD, who is working on innovative approaches to help rural populations; and Sharon A. Herpin, Ed.D., WestEd, who will provide tools to help you think strategically about change in your county and provide useful tools for you to take back to your county office of education. Click here to register.

Participants will be introduced to the tools of Theory of Change/Logic Models and have a hands-on opportunity to apply learning

Humboldt County Office of Education Receives Arts/Social Emotional Learning Grant

(Eureka)—The Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) is the recipient of a $3.3 million Federal grant to maximize social, intellectual and creative potential in local schools. HCOE was selected one of 27 awardees from 109 applicants who applied to the Department of Education. HCOE’s application scored 298 of 300 possible points.

The goal of the grant is to serve entire school communities in social and emotional learning through the arts. Humboldt County schools will have the opportunity to apply to be a part of the grant. The grant pays for professional development, instructional supplies, and coaching. Participating schools will incorporate these strategies into their curriculum to increase student performance.

“This is a perfect opportunity for school communities to focus learning and emotional well-being through the arts,” said Stacy Young, M.A., HCOE Arts Program Manager. “During the pandemic many of us turned to the arts for our emotional well-being; bringing that into the classroom is critical for students and staff. Humboldt students have high levels of trauma that need to be addressed.”

 “Student wellness has always been a concern for educators and now more than ever it is priority,” said Dr. Peter Stoll, HCOE Prevention and Intervention Services Director.  “The movement of supporting student social emotional health is not a series of events, but an effort integrated into our interactions and the positive climate of our schools. The arts provide a rich and powerful tapestry of opportunity to enhance this critical aspect of learning.”

Trainings and participation by teachers and principals are to involve professional development and strategies identified in the grant structure. Opportunities for Humboldt County schools to apply to participate in the program in October 2021.

Tulare County Office of Education Awarded New Federal Arts Grant

In Tulare County, arts education is stepping into the spotlight thanks to the support of a new grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). The Tulare County Office of Education has been awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant under the USDOE’s Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) program. For this highly competitive grant, the department reviewed 109 applications and funded 27 programs in 15 states. This is TCOE’s first major grant award for arts education.

AAE grant funds will support TCOE’s new Quality Arts Instruction and Learning (QUAIL) Project. Housed in Educational Resource Services under the direction of Kate Stover, arts staff development and curriculum specialist, the QUAIL Project aims to make an impact on Tulare County. “We are honored to be AAE grantees and are looking forward to expanding all of our arts-related service and support for the students, educators, families, and communities of the county,” Stover said. “This funding will enable us to implement the vision of the Tulare County Arts Master Plan, which we completed in 2018, and to make our arts education dreams a reality.”

The primary goal of the no-cost QUAIL Project is to provide high-quality, standards-based arts education for all Tulare County students in the five arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts). Participants in QUAIL will develop and freely share these resources through a rich professional learning series that welcomes all educators – single subject art specialists, general education teachers, administrators, counselors, and community arts educators. In addition to school-year professional learning opportunities, the program will also offer an intensive summer institute training and reactivate the county’s artists in schools program.

Rooted in improvement science, QUAIL will provide coaching and mentoring for educators, as well as academic and social-emotional supports for students. The arts aid in developing social-emotional wellbeing by providing students with a vehicle for expression, an opportunity to celebrate culture and history, and a way to understand the world they live in.

The program will also feature an opportunity for local artists and industries to get involved. “Along with all of our support for educators and students, we are expanding our reach deeper into the communities through our existing CreateTC Arts Coalition,” Stover said.

For more information on the QUAIL Project, contact project director Kate Stover at kate.stover@tcoe.org

To read more about the DOE grant program and the other grant recipients, click here.

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

California Arts Standards Introduction on October 12 OR October 19
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 professional learning is offered by Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Orange, 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 22. This 2-hour professional learning will be offered virtually two times this fall. Please select ONE professional learning session to attend. To register, click here.

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.

Join us on October 25 for an Exciting New and Free Interactive Webinar!
Teaching Visual Arts in Connection with History/Social Studies focused on the Creativity at the Core Module 24

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative in partnership with the Butte County Office of Education and the Stanislaus County Office of Education is pleased to host the webinar, Teaching Visual Arts in Connection with History and Social Studies.

This interactive webinar previews and unpacks the Creativity at the Core‘s new Module 24. Designed to enhance both the quality of Visual Arts and History/Social Science learning, this module provides a model for integrating Visual Arts and History/Social Science, and provides six integrated units that meet the rigor of Visual Art and History/Social Science standards.

October 25, 2021
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Webinar Presenters: 
Amy Bultena, Director of Arts, SCOE 
Jennifer Spangler, Arts Education Coordinator, BCOE 
Sarah Anderberg, Director, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative


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


JANUARY 14 AND 28, 2022
FEBRUARY 11 AND 18, 2022
9-10:30 AM

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.

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

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


Please share this invitation broadly with your networks!

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces the ‘Angst: Building Resilience’ Statewide Initiative Available to All Public Middle and High Schools in California to Assist in Addressing Student Mental Health Needs That Have Increased During COVID

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced an exciting partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE), iNDIEFLIX Education, the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) CalHOPE program, and Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky initiative to provide Angst: Building Resilience, a critical youth mental health support program, to districts that serve middle and high school students to help address the increasing mental health challenges faced by students.

“This fall, with students returning to classrooms and mental health needs at an all-time high, our goal is for California schools to have robust and historic levels of mental health programming to provide critical support to students and families,” said State Superintendent Thurmond. “Angst: Building Resilience” and its accompanying easy-to-use curriculum will help elevate the voices of students who are living with emotional distress so they will feel heard, validated, and supported.” To read more, click here.

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.

2021 California STEAM Symposium

The virtual California STEAM Symposium will take place October 21-23, 2021 and the Back-To-School Pre-Conference on September 1, 2021. Collaborate with STEAM education experts to expand STEAM learning opportunities for everyone in California and beyond. #CASTEAM21

Learn more about STEM and the STEAM Symposium.

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads (as of 10.29.21) – CLICK HERE

Please contact Jessie Mapes at jmapes@ccsesa.org if you would like to make any changes and/or 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.



Los Angeles County Office of Education – Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms 2.0 ELD

Media Arts is the newest artform recognized in the California Arts Standards. There are Media Arts standards for PK through grade 12. But where is a teacher to start? In this series, teachers will gain confidence and skills to integrate media arts into their classroom. With outstanding partners from PBS Learning Media, Soundtrap by Spotify, and Las Fotos Project, teachers will learn about media arts, develop skills, see connections to standards (ELD, ELA, SEL, and more) and apply them in meaningful ways that can be used in the classroom tomorrow. 

This course is supported with TEAL online modules that are available 24/7. This series highlights the CCSESA Creativity at the Core Module 23 and is made possible through a partnership with CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative.   

Register for the series HERE

Interactive flyer with links is available HERE and/or PDF version HERE

Session Four: Media Arts 2.0: Soundtrap – November 4, 2021

Sessions is from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Riverside County Office of Education – Summer Learning Opportunities


Indigenous Children’s Literature and Workshop
In anticipation of National Native American Heritage Month in November, RCOE VAPA is partnering with the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery’s Karen Riley, to present the award winning book, “We Are Water Protectors”. It was written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. 

During the workshop we will be doing a close read of the story, and doing an art activity using recycled materials. Space is limited to 25 participants and there is a small fee for the materials to be sent out to participants ahead of time. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Register for the workshop HERE (closes Oct. 19th)
View/download workshop flyer HERE.

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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Details/Registration $50 – CLICK HERE

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Details/Registration $50 – CLICK HERE

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Details/Registration $50 – CLICK HERE

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
View/Download flyer, CLICK HERE
Kate Stover – kate.stover@tcoe.org or 559-741-0809


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

California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Produced Fall Publication

Click here to read the fall issue.

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

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 engages arts educators in sensemaking of California’s education changes and the return to post-shelter in place teaching contextsThis program supports educators in making effective instructional decisions as they incorporate inclusive practices such as UDL, and culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies.  

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.

CLICK HERE to view/download a full list of Convenings, Programs, and Networks (dates/time/logistics/and more)!

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

2021 Arts Education Adoption Update
On July 23, 2021, three educator panels completed their review of submitted programs for California’s 2021 Arts Education Adoption. The panels approved and forwarded their reports of findings to the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) for consideration at its September 22–23, 2021, meeting. The IQC also met for one day in August to hear public comment on the adoption process, but no action was taken with regard to the recommendations of the panels or the content of the reports of findings. At the September IQC meeting, the commissioners formalized their recommendations and took action to move the recommendations to the State Board of Education (SBE) at its November 2021 meeting, where the SBE will decide which programs to adopt.

The reports of findings include the recommendations of the panels for two programs in music (K–8 and K–5), and three visual arts programs (two K–8, one 1–6). They are posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) Arts Education Adoption web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/im/2021artrofs.asp.

For more information on the IQC meeting or to participate in the proceedings, please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cd/iqc2021mtgagendas.asp. For more information on the adoption process, please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/im/

CREATE CA Resources
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! 

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) fund give California schools access to substantial funds that can support social-emotional learning and the arts. With $13.6 billion statewide available, this is a once-in-a-lifetime investment in schools and communities. 

School District ESSER III expenditure plans are due by 10/29/21, and they must be developed with community members input. Arts advocates, act now to influence the spending! 

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. 

CREATE CA encourages advocates to start conversations with school leaders asking to include arts education in their ESSER expenditure plans (due October 29th) as well as to utilize the demonstrated benefits of arts education to improve student social-emotional learning. 

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.

Join Create CA, ACLU Northern California, Santa Clara Office of Education, Teaching Artists Guild, SFUSD, and students in the Bay Area for the ACLU Arts Justice Town Hall. This panel will focus on building student power and advocacy in the Bay Area. Learn strategies and best practices for centering students in the fight for equitable arts education.

Join Create CA, Arts for LA, Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, and CA State PTA for an interactive virtual workshop to help parent, student, and community advocates engage school leaders to ensure arts education is part of annual school funding plans. Part I of our three-part series focuses on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and how informed advocates can use it to support arts education in schools. Walk away with the knowledge to understand your Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the tools to let your school leaders know the importance of arts education. You will hear directly from school board members and student representatives about promising practices to create change in your district.

Join Create CA for the official launch of the 2022 Student Voices Campaign!

Learn from teachers about the ways the Student Voices Campaign benefited their students. Student winners will give their tips for getting started!

The Student Voices Campaign is an annual statewide creative arts challenge for students grades 7-12. Students who participate in the Student Voices Campaign will complete a project that includes Common Core English Language Arts Anchor Standards, National Core Arts Standards, National Core Media Arts Standards, and California History-Social Science Content Standards.

As schools return to in-person learning, please join us and Create CA in getting loud about the necessity of arts education! It’s no secret that the last year has been difficult for our hardworking teachers and dedicated students. But, as students and teachers engage with a set of new challenges, we believe that arts education can help to create positive learning environments and worthwhile educational experiences for all. Arts education transforms schools into places where students want to learn, and teachers want to teach. Equitable access to arts education positively impacts teacher morale and student growth and can be a tool for social-emotional learning for the entire school community!

Suggested Social Media Posts for October from CREATE CA

Download the social media toolkit (https://bit.ly/CreateCAOct) 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 CreateCA.org today to recognize the importance of a full and relevant arts education.!

California Creative Corps
The 2021 State Budget includes $60 million one-time General Fund for the California Arts Council to implement the California Creative Corps pilot program, a media, outreach, and engagement campaign designed to increase: (1) public health awareness messages to stop the spread of COVID-19; (2) public awareness related to water and energy conservation,  emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery; (3) civic engagement, including election participation; and (4) social justice and community engagement. In the fall of 2021, the CAC will work with a panel of community stakeholders statewide to develop the program guidelines for competitive grants, providing economic support to artists, ambassadors, and cultural workers, serving all 58 counties. Applications for the regranting organizations open early 2022. Additional information coming soon.


NAEA Receives $8.5 MILLION DOA Grant for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion; Social-Emotional Learning; and Educator Leadership in Arts Education

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.

National Art Education Association National Convention to be Held in NYC

Save the dates for the 2022 NAEA National Convention
March 3-5 in New York, NY

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 opens this fall.

Call for Papers – Journal of Dance Education | Submission Deadline 11/1/21

Special Issue – Dance Education for Children and Youth: Our Future as a Field
Children (infant-adolescent) and youth (adolescent-18 years) are the future of dance education. If we look to the teaching and learning of dance for children and youth in PK-12 schools, private studios, dance organizations, and communities, we can gain insight into future dance education trajectories, such as what the needs for higher education might be and possible directions for professional dance. While this Special Issue is not specifically about the global COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on dance education, the pandemic has undoubtedly shaped research, scholarship, teaching, and learning in dance education, and therefore, manuscripts that reference the pandemic are welcome.  

For more information please contact the Special Issue Editor, Alison Leonard at aleona2@clemson.edu. Learn More about the Call

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 — www.savethemusic.org/resources/sel-webinar.  


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.


October 19, 2021
Arts Standards Introduction
Offered by Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tulare COEs
4:00 – 6:00 pm

October 19, 2021
Demystifying the Framework
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presented by Riverside County Office of Education

October 28, 2021
UDL and the Arts
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Offered by Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tulare COEs



November 3, 2021
Indigenous Children’s Literature and Art Workshop
Presented by Riverside County Office of Education

November 4, 2021
Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms 2.0 ELD Soundtrap
Presented by Los Angeles County Office of Education

November 9 or November 15
UDL and the Arts
Offered by Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tulare COEs
4:00 – 6:00 pm

November 16, 2021
Demystifying the Framework
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presented by Riverside County Office of Education



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

December 7, 2021
Demystifying the Framework

9:00 – 11:30 am
Presented by Riverside County Office of Education


Go Top