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​​​​​​​​Visual and Performing Arts Professional Learning​ Opportunities​

Arts Empower Mega Conference

Arts specialists, arts teachers, general classroom teachers, school administrators, college students, university faculty, teaching artists and arts partners come together to participate in professional development sessions, networking, and a celebration of arts education in our schools. Cost: $75 early bird registration until October 6.

 October 12, 2017  Register  See the Schedule HERE

CSUSM offers university credit for participation in this conference. Click here for more information

Vapa Teacher Community of Practice

This Community of Practice has been designed for VAPA Teachers at all levels of experience with a shared commitment, passion and desire to improve their teaching practice through regular interaction with one another. Topics will include creating standards-based curriculum and assessments, maintaining a work/life balance, and planning successful student productions. Participants will share successes, work through challenges together, and build relationships while creating a shared repertoire of resources to use in the classroom..  Cost: $100  FLIER

Sept. 14, Nov. 28, Jan 23, and Feb. 15, 2018  Register

Diving Deeper NCAS

During this three-day learning opportunity, visual and performing arts teachers will examine the new National Core Arts Standards in their discipline and will 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, Common Core State Standards, and the California English Language Development Standards. Cost: $175 FLIER

Sept. 21, Oct. 25, and Nov. 15, 2017   Register

Feb. 28, March 21, and May 2, 2018   Register

Restorative Practice and Trauma Informed Care

Attend a free 2-hour workshop to explore the beginning stages of Restorative Practice and learn about trauma-informed care in a school setting with presenter Macedonio Arteaga from Izcalli.

Mr. Arteaga has been a part SDUSD's Race/Human Relations and Advocacy Department for 15 years, training staff and entire departments on Culturally Relevant Instructional Strategies, Cultural Proficiency, Restorative Practice, and Trauma-Informed Care. He is also Executive Director of Izcalli, a local nonprofit that has worked with at-risk youth for over 20 years. His internationally recognized “Circulo de Hombres” arts mentoring program has reached thousands of youth, including many distinguished San Diego civic and arts leaders.

Sept. 25, 2017  Register

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Pauline Crooks



Kathy Bowman

Program Secretary