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Nov. 22, 2019
Did you know the draft Arts Framework public review period is open through Dec. 1? Your voice is critical, and the time is now to provide input on the California Arts Framework. This is an opportunity for you to provide comments and suggested edits for the document that provides guidance for arts education in California. Your feedback is important, as it will help improve arts education for students across the state.  

Read the News and Resources section below for more information on how to participate. 

While you’re on Twitter, connect with me and others passionate about arts education on our weekly chats every Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Whether you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before or are an expert, please visit this link to see the questions and learn how to join the conversation.  

Search #CaArtsEdChat to see previous conversations on the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in classrooms around the county. I’ll see you then! 

VAPA Coordinator, SDCOE
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View the latest visual and performing arts (VAPA) professional learning opportunities or click the links below for the registration page.

San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community
San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community Mornings
Morning community events engage TK-12 school district arts leaders in professional learning and leadership development focusing on instruction and student learning aligned with the new California Arts Standards. Through collaborative observation, discourse, and reflection, the community aims to build the capacity of arts leaders as they support educators in their school districts.

Offered in partnership between SDCOE and The California Arts Project

San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community Afternoons
Afternoon community events engage arts leaders in an investigation of arts education topics and current research to maintain awareness of issues and policies impacting arts education in California. The community provides a system of support for arts leaders as they implement a strategic arts education plan and make systemic change.

Offered in partnership between SDCOE and The California Arts Project
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The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) approved the draft California Arts Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (arts framework) to be posted for public review and comment Sept. 19.

The public review and comment period runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1. It is an opportunity for interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the IQC. The comments and suggestions received will be reviewed at the IQC meeting Jan. 15 and 16, when the IQC will consider recommending the draft arts framework to the State Board of Education for adoption in May 2020.

You can access the draft chapters on the California Department of Education (CDE) website. Your review of the document in its entirety is encouraged; however, you may choose to focus your efforts on specific chapters.

After your review, please complete the Arts Framework Online Survey to comment on the various sections of the draft arts framework. The online survey will remain open through Dec. 1. If you have extensive line-by-line suggestions for edits, you may find it easier to send them separately in a word document to vapa@cde.ca.gov. All comments from the survey and received via email will be provided to the IQC 10 days before its January meeting.

Please share this news with your colleagues and encourage them to subscribe to the CES's VAPA listserv. To join the listserv, send a blank email message to join-vapa-revisions@mlist.cde.ca.gov.
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Araceli Carrera is a workshop and residency artist on the Arts for Learning San Diego roster. She teaches both dance and visual art. Her involvement with dance and art has built a strong foundation within her teaching methods. Her interest in art began the moment she held her first pencil, and dance entered her life when she was 20. During her dance studies she was commissioned to create artworks for dance that inspired dance-works and vice versa in Arizona, Tijuana, and San Diego. Collaborating in several dance events allowed her to display artwork that spoke of social and cultural issues on the dance stage.
Equity Conference 2020
Save the date and register for SDCOE’s Equity Conference in January at the San Diego Convention Center. The event on Jan. 16 and 17 will be a valuable time for county offices, districts, schools, community partners, and parents to collaborate and learn together about how to engage effective, systemic change. This conference brings together nationally recognized speakers and spotlights current research and best practices. The Equity Conference sessions are focused on strengthening our systems to better respond to the linguistic, cultural, social-emotional, and mental-health needs of all students, and to create the conditions for them to thrive and make healthy choices. 

Educational Music Programs
Each season, the Classics 4 Kids Orchestra performs 12 STEAM professional orchestra concerts as field-trip events at the historic Balboa Theatre. These 50-minute interactive orchestra concerts are designed for teachers and children in grades PK-6. Each participating class receives an optional free docent visit two weeks before, provided by our long-term partners Advocates For Classical Music, accompanied by a free audio CD and detailed lesson plan. Concert content aligns with state standards for pre-K through grade 6. Tickets are $7 per person or $6 for Title 1 schools. 

March 5 and 6 — Ferdinand the Bull: Celebrate the literary classic in this musical adaptation of Munro Leaf’s iconic tale. Experience this lovable character and his story promoting peace, self-acceptance, and appreciation of nature, brought to life by the dynamic Malashock Dance.

May 14 and 15 — The Silk Road: Join us for an incredible cultural exploration as we journey along the ancient silk road trading route. Students will learn about music from China, India, the Middle East, and Italy for an international experience like no other.
Register online or call 619-231-2311 ext. 101. 

Beethoven, the Music Genius
Ludwig van Beethoven changed classical music forever — making it bigger, bolder, and more outrageous — all while losing his hearing. Learn strange and wonderful facts about the life of this gifted and temperamental genius as you enjoy pieces of his most famous music played by the San Diego Symphony.

California Arts Standards Workshops
Arts educators and administrators are invited to attend a two-day workshop to:
  • Explore the shifts, structure, and intent of the standards
  • Surface curricular and instructional implications
  • Examine Universal Design for Learning
  • Develop an implementation approach
  • Discover resources for support
  • Network with colleagues

Provided by The California Arts Project.

2020 CMEA-SBS Solo & Ensemble Festival Registration Now Open
Registration for the 2020 California Music Education Association Southern Border Section (CMEA-SBS) Solo & Ensemble Festival is now open. This festival provides students with the opportunity to perform either solo or in a small ensemble and receive clinic-style feedback and written evaluation from an experienced adjudicator. Those individuals or ensembles who receive a "superior" rating will be eligible to participate in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held in San Bernardino County in May. The CMEA-SBS Solo & Ensemble Festival is open to students in grades 4-12 in instrumental, voice, and guitar categories. Learn more at the CMEA website.

Youth Media and Tech Camps
In Media Arts Center San Diego’s fall and winter camps, youth ages 6-14 will learn cinematography, editing in iMovie or Final Cut Pro, stop motion, storyboard creation, and green screen use. A matinee of their completed films will be screened on the last day of camp to a full house at the Digital Gym theater. No experience is necessary.

NEA Big Read: Read Imagine Create
The National Education Association’s Read Imagine Create campaign provides opportunities for middle and high school students to read A Small Story About the Sky by Alberto Rios and create a personal response (literary, media, performance, or visual art) to one or more of the poems. Many entries will be presented at events and libraries throughout the county in April. Cash prizes are also awarded. Poetry workshops and copies of the book will be available. Many teachers have all of their students participate, but individual students are welcome. Visit the Read Imagine Create website for more information. Entry deadline is Feb. 13.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Competitions begin at the classroom/school level. Winners at each participating school advance to the San Diego County regional Poetry Out Loud competition on Feb. 4. The San Diego County winner competes in Sacramento at the state finals and the winner in Sacramento advances to the national competition in Washington D.C. Last year a San Diego County student was among the top state finalists. Write Out Loud offers workshops for teachers as well as for students to help them select, understand, and recite their poems. Teachers can begin by conducting competitions with only a handful of students, an entire class, or an entire school. This program is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and recitation of poetry, not writing original poetry — though that is often a result of students becoming more involved in published poems.

Blindspot Collective
Blindspot Collective, a local theatre company, is bringing San Diego County public schools three unique plays that cultivate a positive school climate. Programs include pre-show workshops and a student-appropriate show brought right to school campuses.

  • Danny's Story is touring high schools Dec. 9 to 20. Through role-play and discussion, the show is designed to equip high school youth to advocate for their peers in the midst of conflict, while deepening an understanding of LGBTQ+ youth populations. 
  • Safa's Story is touring elementary and middle schools Feb. 18 to March 6. Designed to create dialogue about cultural sensitivity and accepting difference, the show is a rare type of interactive performance that empowers students to stand up for themselves and their peers.
  • Untold is touring high schools April 27 to May 8. This gripping play weaves music, movement, and the exact words and stories of real people to explore the mental health crisis in America, where it's estimated that one in four people will struggle with mental illness during their lifetime. 
Preservation Through Improvisation: The Korean Haegeum
The Center for World Music invites San Diego educators to experience a concert in celebration of world music. Explore traditional Korean music with master musician, Soo Yeon Lyuh beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in La Jolla.

Soo Yeon Lyuh is a master of the haegeum, a traditional Korean bowed string instrument. She is known for her flawless technique and full command of the haegeum's traditional repertoire. At the same time, she is widely recognized for promoting the creation of new pieces for the instrument.

More details about Soo Yeon Lyuh and the haegeum are available on the Center for World Music’s website.
A limited number of free tickets are available for educators. Contact Jonathan Parker at schools@centerforworldmusic.org to find out more.
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