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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

 Upcoming Events

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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2019 - 2020 Media & AME Workshop Opportunities


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.

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

Register Here!

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

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


the arts matter.

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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