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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

 Upcoming Events

The Marion Cilker Conference for Arts in Education 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

@San Jose Museum of Art 

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Website Information & Registration Link: 


Santa Clara County Arts Teacher Leadership Award Nominations 

Accepted Until September 20, 2019

Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union have established a new award opportunity for our Teacher Recognition Celebration:

The Santa Clara County Arts Leadership Award honors those special instructors in Santa Clara County public schools who inspire students to enjoy and excel in arts, languages, creative writing, and literature programs. This award includes:

• a $500 cash award;

• an evening of recognition at the Santa Clara County Office of Education Teacher Recognition Celebration on October 3; 

• the opportunity to attend a Professional Development Event at the SCCOE. 

Due September 20, 2019. 

Arts Leadership Award Nomination and Application Forms:Arts Leadership Application and Nominations.pdf

ArtsEdConnect Educator Grants Open September 18th!

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The ArtsEdConnect program awards grants to teachers and classrooms in Santa Clara County to support and encourage arts education in our schools. ArtsEdConnect is jointly managed by SVCREATES and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

The ArtsEdConnect partnership is pleased to announce that through the generosity of the County of Santa Clara and the Warmenhoven Family Foundation $150,000 will be awarded again this school year. There will be two grant cycles. The first round of 2019-2020 grant applications will open on September 18th 2020 and close on October 2nd 2020. The second round will open in January 2020.

Grants are available for teachers to take students to performances or museums, bring artists to the classroom, or help with student performances and special, interesting arts projects that local teachers can create for their students. Grants of up to $250 per teacher are available for the purchase of arts-related materials for special class art projects. 


VAPA Community of Practice Meetings 

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November 18, 2019 | 1:00 P.M. @Santa Clara County Office of Education 

Join us as we review the Artspiration Strategic Directions and discuss the Vision of Arts Education in Santa Clara County with Peggy Burt of the California Alliance for Arts Education.

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2019 - 2020 Media & AME Workshop Opportunities

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We are excited to bring an engaging oportunity for teachers and industries to connect and create partnerships to support Media Arts and AME/CTE standards at local K-12 schools. Join us at our workshops as we discover the different ways VAPA and CTE intersect with Arts, Media, and Entertainment. Several partners will be there to share their teacher and student resources including: 

CMAP (Gilroy), CreaTV of San Jose, KQED, Midpen Media Center, SCCOE Ed Tech Team, SCCOE Media & Communications, SCCOE VAPA, and more to come! 

Download the flyer: 2019-20_AME and Media Workshop_Final.pdf

 Teacher Ignite Session - September 23, 2019 - 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Register Here!

Poetry Out Loud Santa Clara

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Silicon Valley Creates and Santa Clara County Office of Education will be coming together to support
Poetry Out Loud,
a free high school program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and engage deeply with complicated literary texts. Students compete to represent Santa Clara County at the State Poetry Out Loud Championships in Sacramento. This event is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation, both partnered with the California Arts Council.

On September 23rd, we invite high school teachers to join us as we ignite the event with curriculum, guest poets, poetic inspirations and guidance to easily implement this program in your classroom. Josy Miller, California Arts Council, will give a statewide overview and Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate will share his partnership with Poetry Out Loud.
The finalists will compete in the county Poetry Out Loud competition on February 10, 2020 for a chance to move to state and national finals.


Media Arts - California Arts Standards Workshop 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

4:00 - 6:00 P.M. | Gilroy Room 

Free for all educators TK-12 who are ready to dive into the Media Arts Standards.

Register Today -  

Flyer - Media Arts Training Flyer.pdf

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#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. If you have never Twitter Chatted, here is the helpful website with instructions. 

September's theme will be on RESPONDING, one of the four artistic processes addressed by the California Arts Standards.  

From the California Department of Education 


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

CA Educational Theatre Association Conference 

Santa Maria, CA | October 11-13, 2019 

Registration Information: 


Arts Teacher Network Meeting 

Thursday, January 30, 2020 

Mt. Pleasant High School - 1750 S White Rd, San Jose

If you teach the Arts, join us for a night of networking and support. 

Register HERE

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Arts, Media, & Entertainment Leadership Institute 2020 

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Registration Information HERE 

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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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