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Sept. 11, 2018
Happy National Arts in Education Week!
The second week of September was designated by Congress in 2010 as the week to celebrate and recognize the essential role the arts play in a complete and balanced education for all students. Like each of you, I have seen firsthand the impact that arts education has had on the lives of countless children, regardless of whether they chose to pursue a career in the arts as an adult.

Please share your story on social media this week using the hashtags #BecauseOfArtsEd and #ArtsEdWeek. Even after this week, keep sharing your story by using #theArtsMatter and #BecauseOfArtsEd and tagging me @P_CrooksVAPA and @ArtsEmpowerSD in your tweets.

You will also have the opportunity to share your story about the importance of arts education at our 2018 Arts Empower Mega Conference on Oct. 18 at Balboa Park. You can find details on the big event and other high-quality professional learning opportunities and resources on the SDCOE VAPA website. 

As always, I look forward to invitations to visit your classroom or school to see the great learning taking place. I hope you’ll share this newsletter with your colleagues, especially any teachers who are new this school year, so they can join the conversation. Best wishes as you embark on the 2018-19 school year!

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

Don’t Miss It: Arts Empower Mega Conference
Register now to attend the Arts Empower San Diego Mega Conference, the premier San Diego County arts education learning event, on Oct. 18 at Balboa Park.

The Arts Empower Mega Conference is designed for teachers of all arts disciplines, elementary multiple-subject teachers, teaching artists, school administrators, and parent leaders in San Diego County. With more than 60 different breakout sessions, it’s a can’t-miss day of professional learning and conversations focused on arts education at Balboa Park. New this year, participants will be eligible to receive extended education credits through San Diego State University.

Register your team before Oct. 3 for the early-bird registration price of only $75 per person. The price goes up to $85 per person on Oct. 4.

Diving Deeper into National Core Arts Standards
Diving Deeper into National Core Arts Standards will be held Oct. 31, Nov. 14, and Dec. 11. The three-day event will help teachers become familiar with the new National Core Arts Standards in their discipline and begin to align their coursework to the standards. Teachers will have the opportunity to create new instructional units, write performance assessment tasks, and align course descriptions using the National Core Arts Standards and California Standards. This session is being offered in partnership with The California Arts Project.

Theatre Teacher Community of Practice
A new year-long Community of Practice has been 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, and build relationships while creating a shared repertoire of resources to use in the classroom. The community will meet Oct. 23, Nov. 28, Jan. 30, and March 6. Register to join.

San Diego Arts Network Field Trip
Administrators and VAPA leaders are invited to get an up-close look at the revised California Arts Standards in action at the Creative Performing Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School in San Diego Unified School District. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in learning walks in classrooms representing each of the five visual and performing arts disciplines. The San Diego Arts Network Field Trip will be Jan. 11, and registration is open now.

San Diego Arts Network Retreat
Mark your calendars and register now to attend the San Diego Arts Network Retreat for administrators and VAPA leaders on March 5. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the revised California Arts Standards and learn more about supporting teachers in their districts during the implementation phase. 

Kickstart the Arts in (Y)Our Schools
Save the date for the 2019 Kickstart the Arts in (Y)Our Schools from 8 a.m. to noon May 10.    

It’s a half-day event designed for school and district administrators, teacher leaders, parents, and community arts organizations providing arts education programs to come together to work on expanding arts education for all students. The 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 Update
The revised California Arts Standards are open for public review, and comments are accepted through 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Please set aside time to review and comment on the standards before the end of this month. Join the California Department of Education VAPA Revisions Listserv for the latest information. Also, follow @P_CrooksVAPA and @ArtsEmpowerSD on Twitter for news and updates in arts education.

New Arts Curriculum Framework Update
The VAPA Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee will play a significant role in the revision of the VAPA Framework , which will be revised to incorporate and support the 2019 Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve. Committee members can be credentialed teachers; school, district, and county administrators; college and university personnel representing academic departments and schools of education; and representatives of citizen groups or educational organizations, including teaching artists and museum educators. All are encouraged to apply. The online application will be closed to new submissions at 3 p.m. Oct. 15.
Arts Pack 2018
Every fall, SDCOE VAPA and the Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO) send to every school in the county a packet of information on field trips, assemblies, residencies, and workshops for teachers and students. Keep watch for this packet to arrive at your school this week.
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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 your students in the musical theatre art form at the bootcamp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6.

5th Annual AME Leadership Institute
Early registration ends Sept. 28 for the 2019 AME Leadership Institute in San Diego. The theme is Linking AME Career Readiness to Creative Industry, and it will be March 31 to April 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Mission Valley.
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Share Love of Music as a Docent

A love of music is the main requirement for someone to become a decent with the Advocates for Classical Music (AFCM) program.

AFCM is a music docent program serving schools throughout San Diego County. During the most recent concert season, docents visited 134 schools to prepare more than 12,000 students for San Diego Symphony and Classics 4 Kids concerts by speaking to the upcoming events and providing CDs and books for classroom use.

The organization is looking to expand its program to be able to reach even more students. The docents meet three to four weeks prior to scheduled concerts to receive lesson plans and other materials for presenting at schools.

With the docent season about to start, please share this opportunity with others and contact Aveline Von Ehrenberg at 858-385-1909 or if you are interested.
If you have any questions or comments about Arts in Action , plea se contact Pauline Crooks .
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