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March 1, 2019

March is California Arts Education Month and Music in Our Schools Month! This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing things happening in your classrooms for your students.

Take a few minutes to consider how the arts have empowered you or changed your life and incorporate this as a writing prompt with your students. Submit your responses on social media by mentioning @ArtsEmpowerSD and using the hashtag #ArtsEmpowerSD or use this form to share you and your students’ stories. 

Mark your calendars! Connect with me ( @PCrooks_VAPA ) and others passionate about arts education on March 6 for the first of many Twitter Chats. Using #CaArtsEdChat, every Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m., we will be growing a statewide virtual professional learning community. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes. Check our website in the coming days for more information including the next Twitter Chat questions. I’ll see you then!

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

San Diego Arts Network Retreat
There's still time to register for the San Diego Arts Network Retreat from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5. Administrators and VAPA leaders will deepen their understanding of the revised California VAPA Standards and learn more about supporting teachers in their districts during the implementation phase.

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 at the Liberty Station Conference Center in San Diego 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 Curriculum Framework Update
The California Department of Education (CDE) is revising the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Framework to incorporate and support the recently approved VAPA standards. You can join the California Department of Education VAPA Revisions Listserv for the latest information. Also, follow @PCrooks_VAPA and @ArtsEmpowerSD on Twitter for news and updates in arts education.
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Student Artwork Needed for CABE Art Exhibit
The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and Oxnard Unified School District are collaborating to highlight student artwork in an exhibit at the 2019 California Association for Bilingual Education state conference. Download a submission form here to submit your student artwork for possible inclusion. This year’s theme for student artwork is Imagine, Inspire, Ignite - Multilingualism for All.   Please contact Jessie Mapes for more information.

Harmony University Scholarship
Pacific Coast Harmony, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, sponsors a Youth In Harmony program to attract more young men to choir and promote singing in schools generally. In addition to an after-school program, Pacific Coast Harmony also offers scholarship opportunities for music educators to learn more about barbershop at a one-week course at Harmony University . The music educators’ scholarship covers attendance, room and board, and includes a $200 stipend for airfare. For more information and to express interest, contact Paul Girard .

Arts Integration Certificate
Gain instructional techniques in infusing standards-based arts strategies into the subjects of language arts, math, history-social science, and science through CSU San Marcos Extended Learning teacher professional development. The 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. The next course begins April 1.

California Ballet Company
Bring an inside look at a ballet dancer’s career to your school through the California Ballet Company . Students will learn about the history, technique, and artistic processes of dancers and choreographers, and have the opportunity to interact with them.

SDCOE Helps Celebrate School Stars
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) works with schools and businesses to recognize and celebrate classroom stars. To learn more about student and teacher recognition and incentive programs and submit a nomination, visit the Celebrate School Stars webpage.

Documentary Filmmaking Program
Reel Voices is an eight-week summer internship program with the Pacific Arts Movement that is open to San Diego high school students who are interested in filmmaking. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.

Students are chosen to participate through a competitive application process. The program is free and also offers students a $500 scholarship upon completion. Additionally, students have access to experienced filmmakers during the program and their final films are sent to film festivals around the world. The application deadline is March 17. View the program flyer for more information.

Showcase your Students' Work at the San Diego County Fair
Enter your classroom's work into the fair and receive recognition, fair admission tickets, and a rosette ribbon for your classroom.

  • For grades PreK-6: Creative Youth/Best of PreK-6 is an exhibit filled with more than 15,000 youth and classroom projects including art, science, writing, and more. New this year, the fair has expanded this program to include Pre-K, and has eliminated the entry fee for submitting a project.

  • For grades 7-12: The Student Showcase exhibit features more than 9,000 entries including art, photography, drafting, fashion design, graphic design, videography, and more. There is a fee of $3 per entry.

The submission deadline for both programs is May 8. Visit the fair's education page to learn more about these and other educational programs. Send an email to with any questions.

NPR Student Podcast Challenge
National Public Radio (NPR) is inviting San Diego County students in grades 5 to 12 to create a podcast and compete for a chance to win the grand prize. Winners will have their podcasts featured in segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on NPR.

Students are asked to put together a podcast with their class or extracurricular group, and then submit it to NPR with help from a teacher. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long. Visit for more information. The deadline for submissions is March 31 and winners will be announced in April.

Doodle for Google
Students in grades kindergarten to 12 can enter a doodle using any materials they want. The public will vote on the 53 winners representing the states and U.S. territories to determine the five national finalists and the overall winner. Submission deadline is March 18. Visit the Doodle for Google webpage for more information.

Tsunami PSA Video Contest for High Schoolers
High school students can help spread the word about Tsunami Awareness Week by entering a video contest. The County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) just launched a new competition for students with a creative eye and passion for disaster preparedness to produce and submit a tsunami preparedness public service announcement. 

Video submissions will be judged by a team of subject matter experts from OES, Cal OES, the National Weather Service, the California Geological Survey, and county communications videographers. The winning video will be featured on the County News Center channel and website, the county’s social media channels, and more during Tsunami Preparedness Week from March 25 to 29.

The deadline for submissions is March 22. For more information on the contest and tsunami preparedness, visit or email OES Public Outreach Specialist Candace Hadley. View an informational flyer.
If you have any questions or comments about Arts in Action , plea se contact Pauline Crooks .
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