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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

 Upcoming Events

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Meetings 

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Join us on May 29th in the Palo Alto Room at the Santa Clara County Office of Education at 4:00 P.M. for a discussion on The Arts as a Vehicle for Change. All are invited to the VAPA meetings including teachers, administrators, community members, arts specialists, parents, students, and business leaders. Register here for notifications and reminders. This is the last one of the year and you won't want to miss it!

CCSESA State Arts Learning Colloquium 
May 17, 2018
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento​
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California Visual and Performing Arts Standards Revision Update

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On January 18, 2018, the State Board of Education (SBE) appointed 21 members to the Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee (VAPA SAC) to develop recommendations for revisions to the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (VAPA Standards) and create new standards for media arts. The last two VAPA SAC meetings are on April 4–5, and May 3–4, 2018. The VAPA SAC meetings are public and are held at the California Department of Education (CDE). Agendas are posted 10 days in advance of each meeting and can be viewed on the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards Web page at

In August 2018, a draft of the revised VAPA Standards will be posted for public review and comment. In November, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) will review the draft and public comments and forward recommended revisions to the SBE for action at the January 2019 SBE meeting.

Framework Revision Starts Soon!

While the SBE will not take action on the revised VAPA Standards until January 2019, the revision process for the Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (VAPA Framework) will begin in August 2018, when the CDE will convene focus groups at several locations in California. The input from the focus groups will guide the revision of the VAPA Framework. Educators who wish to apply to be appointed to a focus group panel may submit their applications online until May 21, 2018. See the VAPA Curriculum Frameworks Web page at for a link to the application and details about focus group times and locations. Focus group applications will be accepted from March 19 through May 21, 2018.

Public Comment

There are many opportunities to contribute to the VAPA Standards and VAPA Framework revisions. If you are not able to participate in focus groups and revision committees, you may provide public comment at VAPA SAC, IQC, and SBE meetings or via the e-mail address

If you have any questions about the revision process, contact Letty Kraus at Please feel free to forward this message to interested arts education stakeholders who may subscribe to this listserv by sending a "blank" e-mail message to

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