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Oct. 28, 2019
Thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Arts Empower Mega Conference a great success! We had more than 500 people participating in 72 sessions delivered by 95 presenters across 11 different venues in Balboa Park. It was truly a magnificent day to connect, collaborate, and learn! Please look for #ArtsEmpowerSD on social media to see highlights of the day. If you have photos to share, please send them to pauline.crooks@sdcoe.net and continue to post them on social media.  

Interested in being a part of the 2020 Arts Empower Mega Conference? Please consider getting involved in your discipline-specific arts education organization. I guarantee you will not regret getting involved by sharing your knowledge with others. You will be a better educator for it.

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 your classes. 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.

California Arts Framework
Your voice is critical and the time is now to provide input on the California Arts Framework – the document that provides guidance for arts education in California.

We are scheduling several opportunities for you to read the draft with other arts educators and provide input to the California Arts Framework. Multiple locations and times are available:

South County Regional Education Center

North County Regional Education Center

San Diego County Office of Education, Linda Vista Campus

Offered in partnership between SDCOE and The California Arts Project

Amp Up the Arts and Math in steAM
The connection between math and each of the arts disciplines goes beyond the practical nature of computation to the core of what is truly beautiful about math and the arts. We have designed lessons that integrate the different artistic processes in the new California Arts Standards to enhance and enrich the study of mathematics pre-K-12. At each session we will gain insight and access to a local creative space, experience a lesson together, and explore how you can continue the work of integrating math and the arts so that they share the leading role in your lessons.

Grades 7-9 Math and Art: Statistics and Infographics
Why are infographics so popular? The trend of turning data into an artistic story isn’t a new one, but is gaining in popularity. Discover the power of infographics, as we bring art and statistics together to create a lesson designed to activate and empower your middle school students.

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 district. Join us:

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 examination 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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New Arts Curriculum Framework Update
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 on Sept. 19.

The public review and comment period runs through 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 meetings on 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 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 ten days before its January meeting.

Please share this news with your colleagues and encourage them to subscribe to the VAPA listserv. To join the listserv, send a blank email message to join-vapa-revisions@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

2020 California Exemplary Arts Education Program
Application Deadline is Nov. 8, 2019

This year the 2020 California Exemplary Arts Education Program will recognize elementary schools.

Please note that the Exemplary Arts Education Award is no longer directly connected to California Distinguished Schools program criteria and will have a separate application and selection process. This means that schools do not have to meet all distinguished school criteria to apply.

The application, application instructions, and scoring criteria are available on the CDE website. Please review the instructions carefully and note the quick turnaround time. Applications are due Nov. 8.

For questions about qualifying criteria, the application process, or evaluation/selection criteria, contact the Exemplary Arts Education working group.
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Arts Empower Mega Conference 
Below are photos from the  Mega Conference opening and breakout sessions.
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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. 

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 use of the green screen. A matinee of completed student films will be screened on the last day of camp to a full house at the Digital Gym theater. No experience is necessary.

JumpStart Theatre Bootcamp
The JumpStart Theatre Bootcamp is an opportunity for educators who are interested in developing a musical theatre program at their school to learn sustainable techniques to engage students in the creative process. This bootcamp will focus on technical theatre projects that will engage students interested in design and how design can help bring a musical theatre story to life. This event will take place at the La Jolla Playhouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. RSVP now.

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 school-appropriate show brought right to school campuses.

Danny's Story is touring high schools Dec. 9 through 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 through 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 through May 8. This gripping play weaves music, movement, and the 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. 
NEA BIG READ: Read Imagine Create
Read Imagine Create provides opportunities for middle and high school students to read A Small Story About the Sky by Alberto Ríos 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 study guides, lesson plans, submission guidelines, author info, etc. 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 finalists in Sacramento.

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.
Write Out Loud will be there to help you along the way. 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.
Honor Group Audition Master Classes
Coda All-State and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association High School Honor Group Audition Master Classes for Violin, Cello, and Flute
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Qualifying high school students will be coached individually by San Diego Symphony Concert Master Jeff Thayer, Cellist Andrew Hayhurst, and flutist Amy Taylor at Jacobs Music Center. Events will be open to the public with RSVP.  Get more information on the San Diego Symphony website.
Broadway San Diego Awards
The Broadway San Diego Awards is a high school musical theatre competition in which two winners go on to compete at The Jimmy Awards® in New York. The 2020 Broadway San Diego Awards competition will be held in May in San Diego. Finalists from participating schools will be nominated as best actor/best actress candidates for their portrayal of leading roles in their high school’s musical theatre production. In June, the San Diego winners will join dozens of other finalists from regional competitions across the country for a weeklong experience called Camp Broadway. The experience includes rehearsals, workshops, lectures, and field trips designed to prepare the students for The Jimmy Awards®, which are presented on Broadway at one of the Nederlander theatres.
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