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Dec. 3, 2018
We’ll soon be ringing in the new year with the best opportunity for change! The revised state standards for visual and performing arts will go to the State Board of Education in January.

While change is never easy, this truly is an opportunity to introduce a generation of children to the arts and help them develop a love and appreciation for the arts that will last a lifetime.

My colleague, Curriculum and Instruction Director John Spiegel, shares his experience with implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in this article . It’s difficult and emotional regardless of the content area. Retraining ourselves and our colleagues is tough! But when we take the time to understand the why, how, and what of our efforts, we can avoid or minimize the potential challenges and be empowered as we move from awareness of the new standards to implementation. 

Make it a priority to look through the draft California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) content standards , and then take the time to share with me what resources and supports you foresee being helpful to you to successfully implement these standards. We have developed professional learning opportunities for district and school administrators to alert them to the shifts in the new standards and how they can support the teachers during this transition. There are also sessions that can be customized and delivered for your school or district. But we know there’s more to do. Help direct our efforts to support you.

Now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate the amazing things happening in your classrooms for your students. If you’d like to share stories of impact and success, but 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 @PCrooks_VAPA 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.

Date Change: San Diego Arts Network Field Trip
The next San Diego Arts Network Field Trip is now Jan. 18. It will feature learning walks in classrooms representing each of the five visual and performing arts disciplines. Administrators and VAPA leaders will get an in-depth look at the revised California Arts Standards in action at the Creative Performing Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District.

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 Jan. 30, and March 6.

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 March 5 at the San Diego Arts Network Retreat.

Kickstart the Arts in (Y)Our Schools
Come together from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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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Art Educators Urgently Needed
The California Commission on Teaching Credentialing is seeking current California teachers, administrators, and faculty to score California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) submissions . Operational training and scoring for 2018-19 is underway and arts educators are needed. Scoring will include assessor training and calibration. It includes a combination of at-home preparation and a two-day, in-person training session, which will be offered in Northern and Southern California. Scoring will be completed online through a secure portal. Assessors will be paid for their time in training, calibration, and scoring. Learn more about the qualifications to be an assessor and apply through this form . Assessors are needed across the credential areas, but a shortage exists in the single-subject areas of art, music, and world languages.

New Arts Standards and Curriculum Framework Update
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. The State Board of Education is legally required to review revisions and adopt visual and performing arts standards in the subject of media arts by Jan. 31, 2019, according to California Education Code Section 60605.13.

The draft of the revised California VAPA Standards is available for review and you can join the CDE VAPA Revisions Listserv for the latest information. Also, follow @P_CrooksVAPA and @ArtsEmpowerSD on Twitter for news and updates in arts education.

World Music in the Schools
World Music in the Schools , the educational outreach program of the Center for World Music, promotes awareness, skills, and knowledge of the many rich performing arts traditions of the world. They offer student-interactive assemblies and one-time programs featuring participatory music, dance, and singing in pre-K–12 San Diego area schools. Assemblies and workshops can be arranged by grade level or for your entire school. Programs are tailored to fit your school's schedule, resources, and goals. Learn more with this flyer .
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Arts Integration Certificate
Gain instruction 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 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.

CoTA 2019 STƐ@M Institute
Learn successful techniques to bring the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to life in your classroom through the lens of arts integration with the Collaborations: Teachers and Artists (CoTA) STƐ@M Institute . Participants will explore unique hands-on ways to address NGSS through innovative art methodologies. CoTA's 2nd annual STƐ @M Institute is designed for K-5 classroom teachers and will take place over four Saturdays: Feb. 2, 9, 23, and March 2. The institute is free to attend, but space is limited.

Join the Comic-Con and SDCOE Educator Book Club
Grow your ability to teach using comic books and graphic novels through a new collaboration between the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), San Diego Comic-Con International, and the San Diego Comic-Con Museum. The SDCOE Educator Graphic Novel Book Club aims to increase your exposure to great reads, interesting conversations, positive collaboration, and a sense of community.

The SDCOE Educator Group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning Jan. 23 at the SDCOE main campus at 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. Discussions will be facilitated by club members with SDCOE curriculum and instruction experts available to offer guidance on research-based best practices.

Learn more about the club here and sign up for the interest list here .

Holocaust Art and Writing Contest
Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education is offering middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in the 20th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Entries can be submitted in one of four categories: art, film, poetry, and prose. The projects entered must be based on the video testimonies from Holocaust survivors available on the approved websites listed in the contest rules.

Click here to learn more, and download an Educator's Guide . The submission deadline is Feb. 1.

Inspirational Students and Teachers Can Be Recognized on NBC 7 San Diego
The San Diego County Office of Education and NBC 7 San Diego are looking for inspirational students and teachers who are outstanding individuals on campus and within their community.

An Inspirational Student of the Month is a high school junior or senior who not only excels in their curriculum and demonstrates leadership, but who goes above and beyond and takes initiative to improve their school and community's environment through service, philanthropic efforts, personal values, or a positive influence. Nominate a student .

An Inspirational Teacher of the Month is a dedicated K-12 educator who brings their energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to the classroom every day. They face challenges with ingenuity, are held in high esteem by their peers and students, or set an inspiring example through their community service. Nominate a teacher .

NBC 7 education reporter Rory Devine will recognize the selected student or teacher with a surprise visit to their classroom and interview the recipient for an Inspirational Teacher/Student of the Month segment that airs during a weekday newscast.

Start Planning Now for 2019 County Fair
As you plan for the spring semester, consider participating in the San Diego County Fair's educational programs. There are plenty of opportunities to highlight your students' work at the fair or enjoy a free school assembly or field trip.

  • Best of K-6 and Student Showcase — Enter your classroom’s projects into the fair and receive recognition, admission tickets for the instructor and students, and a rosette ribbon for your classroom. Categories include art, photography, fashion, graphics, science, writing, drafting, videography, woodworking, community service, and more. Deadline to enter is May 8.
  • School Tours — This free program for grades K-3 brings the fair to your school in a fun assembly program that takes place in April. Registration deadline is March 1.
  • Field Trip Program — This free school program invites all grades to take a free field trip to the fair on June 5. Registration deadline is April 30.

Click here to visit the fair's website and learn more about these programs. Some pages will be updated in the coming months.
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Be an Arts Empower Professional Learning Liaison
High-quality arts education begins with high-quality teachers. That’s why Arts Empower San Diego is focused on facilitating professional learning opportunities that strengthen and inspire all educators.

Topics for learning include leadership, standards-based instructional pathways, professional reflective practices, curricular design, discipline specific content, educational policy, and program models.

In order to connect teachers, teaching artists, and site and district leaders with these events, Arts Empower will share opportunities with one point of contact for each district. If you are willing to share high-quality learning opportunities with your colleagues and serve as an Arts Empower liaison, please contact Pauline Crooks .

The mission of Arts Empower San Diego is to ensure high-quality arts education for every student, supported through the collective impact of a motivated community of arts advocates. Learn more at the Arts Empower San Diego website and be Arts Empowered! 
If you have any questions or comments about Arts in Action , plea se contact Pauline Crooks .
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