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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

 Upcoming Events

5th Annual Creativity at the Core Summer Institute

CCSESA’s 5th Annual Creativity at the Core Summer Institute  is sponsored in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education, CREATE CA, and the California Department of Education. Guest speakers include: Dr. Ivonne Chand O’Neal, researcher and author, who has worked nationally on arts and creativity research; and Dr. Ping Ho, Director of the Center for Arts and Healing at UCLA, who will address the topic of social and emotional learning and the arts. Letty Kraus, Dr. Lindsay Weiss,  and Jack Mitchell, consultants for the California Department of Education will also present sessions on the new California Arts Standards and other key arts education topics.

Pat Wayne, CREATE CA, will be providing information on the newly launched a statewide public will campaign. Monterey area artists will be providing intensive studio opportunities, that include Dr. Rob Klevan, Monterey Jazz Festival; Emiliano Valdez, El Teatro Campesino; Fran Spector, Spector Dance; and Hamish Tyler, Monterey County Office of Education’s Mobile Digitial Media Studio. Participants will also have evening opportunities, which include viewing Dr. Rickett’s famous lab on Cannery Row or visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and attending an outdoor musical theatre performance at the historic Forest Theater Guild in Carmel compliments of the Monterey County Office of Education/The Media Center for Art, Education, and Technology (MCAET).
This conference is ideal for K-University teachers, county office and district administrators, curriculum directors, artist educators, arts leaders, pre-service teachers, arts specialists, parents, and school board members. 

For more information, click here or to register, click here.

#CaArtsEdChat on Twitter 

Every Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. 

Join @PCrooks_VAPA and arts education experts from across the state for a Twitter Chat every Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. We are growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes.

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June 21, 2019 

Make Music San Jose is a free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice with performances and music-making events happening citywide from sunrise to sunset. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music San Jose is open to anyone who wants to take part. The spirit of the day is that of a holiday: people getting together in their own neighborhoods, creating their own musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion.

Every kind of musician —young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion —  is encouraged to take part by filling San Jose’s parks, plazas, and public spaces with music and share the joy of music making with friends, neighbors, and strangers.
For more information, visit the website

From the California Department of Education 


Seeking Educators for Visual and Performing Arts Subject Matter Advisory Panels

The Commission is seeking applications for educators interested in participating on subject matter expert panels to align CSET assessments in the visual and performing arts (VAPA) with the recently adopted California Arts Standards for Public Schools. Multiple Subject teachers (K-6), VAPA teachers (K-12), teacher educators, and individuals who advance VAPA education and programming for school-aged children outside of traditional school settings, are needed. Panels will meet for a full business day in Sacramento on the following dates:

·         CSET: Multiple Subjects-Subtest III, VAPA domains including Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre (July 11, 2019)

·         CSET: Theatre (July 12, 2019)

If you are a K-12 VAPA teacher interested in applying, please complete this application form. If you a K-6 Multiple Subject teacher with an interest in VAPA education/programming, please complete this application form. If you have already applied to be a member of either of these panels, you do not need to re-apply.

Additional Educators Needed for Bias Review Committee

The Commission is seeking additional applications for educators who are interested in participating in bias prevention activities for California state educator credentialing assessments. If you are interested in applying, please complete this application form. The Bias Review Committee will meet for a full business day in Sacramento on July 9, 2019. If you have already applied to be a member of this committee, you do not need to re-apply.

Join the Commission in the Exciting Work of Scoring the Commission's Model Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) and Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA)

Although we still need assessors in all content areas, we have a more urgent need for single subject assessors in Art, Music, PE, Math, and World Languages.

The Commission is seeking current California teachers, administrators, and faculty who help prepare beginning teachers and/or administrators to participate in operational scoring of the CalTPA and CalAPA. Training and calibration will involve a combination of at-home preparation and in-person training sessions offered in Northern and Southern California. Scoring will be completed online through a secure portal. Assessors will be paid for their time in training, calibration and scoring. For more information about assessor qualifications and to apply, visit

Release: #19-42
June 4, 2019
Contact: Scott Roark
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Launch of Mobile App for California Content Standards

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced the release of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) first-ever mobile app for the California Content Standards, a powerful tool that provides quick, targeted access to standards related to the arts, computer science, health education, history–social science, and mathematics.

 Content standards are utilized by educators to design the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire for subject areas at each grade level. The California Standards app, designed entirely by CDE staff, can search, filter, and sort content standards to isolate specific content, identify standards that are common across disciplines, and inform decisions around instruction and assessment.

“This app is an incredible tool for our educators and parents, empowering them with access, knowledge, and understanding of these content standards, which are an essential element to the academic success of each and every one of our students in California,” said Thurmond.

The launch of the California Standards app is phase 1 of a multiphase plan put in place by CDE. This phase includes 5 of 12 California content standards. In subsequent phases, additional content standards will be included, as well as additional features that will enhance the usefulness of the application to California educators.

The California Standards mobile app can be found on the iOS App store, the Android Play store, and the Microsoft store by searching the term “CA Standards.” More information about the app and links to the app stores are on the CDE California Standards Mobile Application website.

More information about California Content Standards can be found on the CDE website.

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

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 4, 2019


2019 - 2020 VAPA Dates Announced 

VAPA Community of Practice Meetings and VAPA Teacher Network Meetings 

Two ways to participate and contribute to arts education in Santa Clara County. 

Click on the flyer for details and registration information/links. 

VAPA Flyer 2019-20 - UPDATED.pdf

VAPA Network Meeting 2019-20 FINAL.pdf

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Film by Iris L., 10th Grader at Silver Creek High School, East Side Union High School District 

First Place Winner of the Student Voices Campaign  

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Iris L. with Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Superintendent of Schools


Read this article:

  • By Gary Waddell, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Educational Progress and Public Affairs 
  • for the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

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