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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.

2019 Young Artist Showcase Winners Announced HERE 

Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA)  Meeting - May 28, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, May 28th at 1:00 P.M. for the VAPA Meeting for Increasing Public Will Around the Arts in Schools. 
Mrs. Pat Wayn, Program Director of the Create CA will be our special guest. We will share information on how to increase knowledge, public will, and visiblity of arts programs, give you tools to advocate, and more. All are welcome!
Click for the flyer VAPA (Network) Meetings_Flyer_18-19_NEW.pdf Click here to register. 
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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

My San Jose Song 
One-minute musical works of all genres, inspired by San José and written by community members, will be curated by the San José Chamber Orchestra and performed by a variety of musical groups at San Jose City Hall as part of Make Music San José on June 21. For more information, go here:

Arts Integration Summer Institute Available in Santa Cruz
The Summer Arts Integration Institute is near! This is a great opportunity for teachers and administrators to learn visual and performing arts techniques to enhance their curriculum. The 4-day Summer Arts Integration Institute will be June 10-13 from 9:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. daily. Teachers are eligible to earn up to 3 or 4 CEUs. Cost is $500 per participant.This is an excellent opportunity to increase students’ access to the arts. Register here.
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From the California Department of Education 


Additional Educators Needed for Visual and Performing Arts Subject Matter Advisory Panels 
The Commission is seeking additional applications from educators interested in participating on subject matter expert advisory panels to help update and align CSET assessments in in the content areas of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre.  VAPA teachers (K-12), teacher educators, and individuals who advance VAPA education and programming in these areas for school-aged children outside of traditional school settings, are encouraged to apply.  In addition to individuals with content expertise in these four VAPA areas, Multiple Subject teachers (K-6) who have an interest in VAPA  content areas are also encouraged to apply. 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 (single subject) -  July 12, 2019
If you are interested in applying, please complete this application form. If you have already applied to be a member of any 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.

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