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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

 Upcoming Events

Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA)  Meetings Announced 

Join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Click VAPA_Meetings_2018_19.pdf for the flyer.  Click here to register. 

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Create CA Convening Early Bird Registration now open
Boldly Create Our Future: Create CA Convening 2018 
October 15-16, 2018 in San Jose.

In partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
Never have we been in such a moment of opportunity for arts education in California. Join us as we think together, reflecting on the resources that currently exist, and the strategies that are needed to take full advantage of the launch of the new Visual and Performing Arts Standards in January. Register and book your hotel room now!​
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Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards Posted!

At the July 26th Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) meeting the draft VAPA standards were approved for public review. This draft, and a survey to collect input on the draft, will be posted on the VAPA Standards web page from August 1 through September 30, 2018. The IQC will review public comments and make revisions to the standards at their November 15–16 meeting. This will be the only period of public review for the VAPA standards. Take some time to review the draft and let your voice be heard!

  • VAPA Framework Focus Groups to Convene

    Focus groups to inform the content and guidance in the 2020 VAPA Framework are being held in the upcoming weeks at the following locations:

    • August 16, 2018 – San Diego County Office of Education (4–6 p.m.)
    • August 22, 2018 – Santa Clara County Office of Education (4–6 p.m.)
    • August 30, 2018 – California Department of Education (4–6 p.m.) and via video conference at the Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Tulare County Offices of education
    • September 12, 2018 – Los Angeles County Office of Education (4–6 p.m.)

    A list of focus group appointees and focus group questions are available on the VAPA Framework web page. Please note that focus group meetings are open to the public and time for public comment is on the agenda for each meeting.

    Recruitment for the VAPA Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)

    The CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (VAPA Framework) which will be revised to incorporate and support the revised VAPA standards. Credentialed teachers; school, district, and county administrators; college and university personnel representing academic departments and schools of education; and representatives of citizen groups or educational organizations including teaching artists, and museum educators are encouraged to apply for the VAPA CFCC. The link to the application is available on the VAPA Framework web page and the submission period for the online application is August 1–October 15, 2018. Applicants should have a 2–3 page resume prepared (in Word or PDF format) and notify their supervisor of their intent to apply before going online to complete and submit the application.

    Let Your Voice Be Heard!

    Please remember that the revision of the standards and framework is a public process open to input from all interested stakeholders. Public comment may be used to indicate support of draft standards and framework or desired revisions and outcomes. If you are not able to attend any of the public meetings you may still provide public comment via the email address

    New Subscribers Welcome!

    To join the list-serv on the CA VAPA Standards, send a blank email message to

Network Meetings for all Arts Teachers 

Join us on Monday, August 27th for a networking opportunity. See flyer for more information and to register. See you there! 

Flyer: VAPA_2018_19 Network_Meetings.pdf


​10th Annual Marion Cilker "Arts Really Teach" Conference 

Save The Date - October 27, 2018 

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The 10th Annual Marion Cilker "Arts Really Teach" Conference ​will take place on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 and Friday, November 2nd.  The conference features two separate days of professional development engaging about 450 pre-school to 8th grade teachers and pre-service teachers. The conference features standards-based workshops in the arts and arts integration. In the true spirit of the arts, our workshops exemplify creativity, excellence, and cultural inclusivity. This conference is co-sponsored by Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. 

Vist the NEW website for introductionary information. Sessions, speakers, venues, and registration information will be available August 2018! Click Cilker SATURDAY 2018 SJMA.pdffor a flyer. 

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