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Oct. 31, 2018
Thank you to everyone who was a part of the 2018 Arts Empower Mega Conference ! I hope you left the event energized and prepared to change the lives of students. 

Arts Empower San Diego is a collective impact initiative working to improve and support arts education in San Diego County. The use of the words "collective impact" is intentional because Arts Empower is not an event. It is not one person. It is not a committee. A collective impact is a group of people working together around a common goal to solve a specific problem. The Arts Empower goal is for every student in San Diego County to be engaged in a personally relevant, equitable, standards-based arts education. We know this is not currently happening for every student. 

As our team at the San Diego County Office of Education works collectively with Arts Empower to address this challenge, I’d like to call on each and every one of you to focus on your ability to positively impact and change the lives of children each and every day. I’d like you to look at the opportunities for growth rather than seeing only the needs for resources and funding. The important work of educating children is not easy, so if you do not currently have a support network in place, please connect with SDCOE for help. 

If you'd like to share stories of impact and success, bur aren't sure where to begin, please reach out to me. You can always share arts education success stories in your school, district, and community by tweeting and mentioning @P_CrooksVAPA and @ArtsEmpowerSD , and using the hashtag #theArtsMatter.

VAPA Coordinator, SDCOE
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View the latest VAPA professional learning opportunities or click the links below for the registration page.

Theatre Teacher Community of Practice
This Community of Practice is designed for theatre teachers at all levels of experience with a shared commitment, passion, and desire to improve their teaching practice through regular interaction with one another. Participants will share successes, work through challenges together, and build relationships while creating a shared repertoire of resources to use in the classroom. The Theatre CoP will meet Nov. 28, Jan. 30, and March 6.

San Diego Arts Network Field Trip
Administrators and VAPA leaders will get an in-depth look at the revised California Arts Standards in action at the Creative Performing Media Arts Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District. The next San Diego Arts Network Field Trip on Jan. 11 will feature learning walks in classrooms representing each of the five visual and performing arts disciplines.

San Diego Arts Network Retreat
Administrators and VAPA leaders will deepen their understanding of the revised California Arts Standards and learn more about supporting teachers in their districts during the implementation phase at the San Diego Arts Network Retreat on March 5.

Kickstart the Arts in (Y)Our Schools
Come together from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 with school and district administrators, teacher leaders, parents, and community arts organizations providing arts education programs to expand arts education for our students. The 2019 Kickstart the Arts in (Y)Our Schools event includes structured networking with colleagues and discussions on creating the best possible arts learning environments in San Diego County schools.
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New Arts Standards and Curriculum Framework Update
Per California Education Code ( EC ) Section 60605.13, on or before Jan, 31, 2019, “The Superintendent, in consultation with the Instructional Quality Commission, shall recommend to the state board revisions to the visual and performing arts content standards in the subjects of dance, theater, music, and visual arts adopted by the state board pursuant to Section 60605.1, and shall recommend visual and performing arts standards in the subject of media arts.” You can review the draft of the revised California VAPA Standards now.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is revising the Visual and Performing Arts Framework ( VAPA Framework ) to incorporate and support the VAPA Standards, which are currently under revision. Join the CDE VAPA Revisions Listserv for the latest information. Also, follow @P_CrooksVAPA and @ArtsEmpowerSD on Twitter for news and updates on arts education.
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Musical Theatre Bootcamp
In partnership with the Educational Theatre Association, La Jolla Playhouse hosts the Musical Theatre Bootcamp , a free professional development workshop for educators led by the New York-based iTheatrics. Participants will learn a fun and interactive way to engage students in the musical theatre art form at the bootcamp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6.

One Book, One San Diego Event
Visit the San Diego History Center (SDHC) from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 for Blue Sky White Stars Family Day . You will enjoy art and activities around themes such as symbolism, immigration, and identity. Best of all, see the original 27 paintings by Kadir Nelson from the One Book, One San Diego 2018 Kid’s selection Blue Sky, White Stars currently on display at SDHC. Free activities with Give Forward admission.

PTA Reflections Program
Membership in a parent teacher association provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections program . This program encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Entries must be submitted through established PTA channels. If you are a PTA member in San Diego or Imperial counties, you are in Ninth District PTA . Participation in arts programs such as PTA Reflections plays a critical role in students’ success in school and beyond. All children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts. The Reflections theme for 2018-19 is “Heroes Around Me.” The Ninth District PTA due date for submissions is noon on Dec. 3.

Learn to Sing Barbershop Harmony
Students should make plans to attend Youth Harmony Day , a co-ed workshop and show for secondary school students. Learn to sing barbershop harmony with students from all over San Diego County. Perform on the evening show with your peers and other vocal ensembles. Women will sing The Climb (Miley Cyrus) and Harmony Collage Men will sing Orange Colored Sky (Nat King Cole) and Swing Down Chariot (Gaither Vocal Band). Mixed voice choir will sing Sing! (Pentatonix). Pre-register with the link above to access the music. The special guest group is Newfangled Four .
Arts Integration Certificate
Gain instruction techniques in infusing standards-based arts strategies into the subjects of language arts, math, social science, and science through CSU San Marcos Extended Learning teacher professional development. The extended learning program includes networking, hands-on experiences, resources and tools for immediate implementation, and panel discussions. Participants can earn a certificate of proficiency in arts integration through the program.

AME Leadership Institute in San Diego
The fifth annual AME Leadership Institute, “Linking AME Career Readiness to Creative Industry,” is March 31 to April 2 in San Diego. The AME Leadership Institute is an opportunity for California teachers and administrators to interact with AME industry partners in order to better prepare students for the world of work. The AME Industry Sector is a CDE program designed to identify and develop curriculum, standards, instructional resources, and assessment strategies for teachers, students, guidance personnel, curriculum planners, and administrators.
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Arts Empower Mega Conference Draws Hundreds
Hundreds of arts educators and arts education advocates filled Balboa Park on Oct. 18 for the Arts Empower Mega Conference. This event is unique in its venue and its focus on the five arts disciplines with a lens on state and national standards.

This year there were 465 attendees, 109 presenters, and 64 sessions presented in the beautiful Balboa Park buildings and museums.

Educators who attend leave energized and armed with new strategies they can put into practice the next day.

If you haven’t been, it’s a must! Hope to see you at the next Arts Empower Mega Conference in October 2019. Start planning now if you would like to present your best practice at the event.

Read what attendees had to say and see their pictures from the event on Twitter.
If you have any questions or comments about Arts in Action , plea se contact Pauline Crooks .
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