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#CaArtsEdChat Every Wednesday

Join @PCrooks_VAPA and arts education experts from across the state for a Twitter Chat every Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. We are growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes.

How to join

  1. Go to Twitter
  2. Search #CaArtsEdChat
  3. Click the blue Tweet button in the top right (or the blue quill in the bottom right on your phone)
  4. Start chatting!

How it works

  • The chat facilitator will ask questions (Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4) to get the conversation started.

  • Anyone can answer using the #CaArtsEdChat and starting your tweet with A1, A2, A3, or A4 so everyone knows which question you're answering.

  • Like someone else's answer? Let them know with a like or a reply.

  • The facilitator will be retweeting and answering follow-up questions from participants. 

  • Don't be afraid to join in!

Twitter Chat Questions

October 13, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat.  Introduce yourself and tell us what you see in this image. #TrainYourBrainDay

Q2: The Artistic Process of Responding states “Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.” How are students Responding in your classroom? Share some responses with us! #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: When is the last time you read a critique of a work of art? What was the work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How do you use critiques of works of art in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat


Archived chat questions

You can see answers to previous chats by searching #CaArtsEdChat on Twitter.

January 13, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a gif showing how you are doing today.

Q2: How do you surround yourself with people and ideas that push and expand your thinking? Tag the people who inspire you! #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Respond to this quote: "The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." — Plutarch #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Share something you are doing to take care of yourself this week. #CaArtsEdChat

January 20, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and share a GIF or video that always makes you smile.

Q2How does your work/life as an artist inform and influence your work/life as a teacher/leader? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: In #TheArtOfEverything, @DrGaryWaddell writes “Dynamic organizations bake their values into their very foundations.” What are the values you try to “bake” into your work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4@DrGaryWaddell also writes, “There are noble examples of courage that inspire, but courage also happens in small, ordinary ways on a daily basis.” What courageous act, big or small, have you observed lately? #CaArtsEdChat

January 27, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is #NationalChocolateCakeDay. Share a GIF that shows how you feel about chocolate cake.

Q2“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt. What’s one practical way you let your students, staff, or colleagues know you care? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3Constantly caring for others can lead to compassion fatigue, something observed in many veteran teachers and known to contribute to burnout. How are you caring for yourself these days? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4Tag a colleague, leader, or organization that has prioritized care and compassion during the 20-21 school year. What is something they have done that you appreciate? #CaArtsEdChat

Feb. 3, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Share a GIF that shows how familiar you are with the new CA Arts Standards and Arts Ed Framework.

Q2: What types of professional learning do you think teachers in your community or region need related to the new Arts Standards and Arts Education Framework?

Q3: What does equity in arts education look like to you?

Q4: What would be helpful to you in addressing equity in arts education?

Feb. 10, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Share a GIF that shows how you feel about online professional learning.

Q2: What effective Professional Learning have you taken part in this school year? What made it outstanding?

Q3: What does inclusion in arts education look like to you?

Q4: What would be helpful to you in addressing inclusion in arts education?

Feb. 17, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is #NationalCabbageDay! Share a GIF that shows how you feel about this cruciferous vegetable.

Q2: Imagine you have a magic lamp . . . What 3 wishes do you have for online professional learning?

Q3: What does antiracism in arts education look like to you?

Q4: What would be helpful to you in addressing antiracism in arts education?

Feb. 24, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and share something not many people know about you.

Q2Warren Buffett wrote: “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree long ago.” Who planted a tree for you that has impacted your work in arts education? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3In this current environment, how can arts educators metaphorically “plant new trees” that will impact our students for years to come? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Next month is #ArtsEducationMonth. How are you planning to spotlight the importance of arts education in March? #CaArtsEdChat

March 3, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows something that makes you happy! #IWantYouToBeHappyDay 

Q2As 80% of students report worsening mental health during the pandemic, arts education is proven to decrease stress and anxiety. How do you use SEL in your arts classroom? https://youtu.be/-9TT1ohVh88 #ArtsEdRebuilds #CaArtsEdChat @CreateCA

Q3Ella Fitzgerald said “Music is the universal language . . . it brings people closer together.” How do music and the arts bring people together in your community? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: March is #ArtsEducationMonth. Please share a photo of yourself making art. #CaArtsEdChat

March 10, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a piece of your arts ed story. #WriteYourStoryDay

Q2The arts teach students to connect to people & experiences beyond their own. How do the Arts connect you to your students and community? #ArtsEdRebuilds #CaArtsEdChat @CreateCA

Q3Pablo Picasso said “Every child is an artist.” What are your thoughts on this? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: March is #ArtsEducationMonth. Share a piece of student artwork! #CaArtsEdChat

March 17, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Show us your green with a selfie...or you may get pinched ;-)

Q21 in 10 CA workers is a creative worker. The arts and culture sector contributes $174.6B to CA’s economy! How does teaching students about multiple career pathways in the arts empower and equip them for economic success now and in the future?  #CaArtsEdChat

Q3The Otis Report on the Creative Economy for 2021 was released recently. Have you seen it? How might this inform your work in the classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Shout out your favorite local artist and tell us why you enjoy their work! Be sure to tag them so they know they are appreciated! #CaArtsEdChat

March 24, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows you feel about #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay

Q2The arts are civic engagement. Low-income students with high arts participation are more likely to vote in local elections and volunteer. Tell us about a recent civic engagement project with your school or class. #ArtsEdRebuilds @CreateCA #CaArtsEdChat

Q3What are your thoughts on this quote from @GavinNewsom “Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community, improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st century workforce.” #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: March is #ArtsEducationMonth. Share a favorite piece of civic art or a local museum/theatre/venue that is dear to your heart. #CaArtsEdChat

April 7, 2021

Q1Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows how you feel about another snack: marshmallow peeps! @PEEPSBrand

Q2April is Arts, Culture & Creativity Month. Tell us how the arts have made a difference in your life or the life of a student. #ACCM2021 #CaArtsEdChat

Q3Although CA calls itself the creative capital of the world, only 12% of students have access to mandated classes in all arts disciplines. What decision-makers can you talk to about this? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds #ACCM2021

Q4: Respond to this quote from #MayaAngelou: "You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have." #CaArtsEdChat

April 14, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows how you feel about spring! 

Q2: April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Let’s celebrate by sharing our favorite piece of jazz music or one of your favorite jazz musicians? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: CA has a massive creative economy & should be leading when it comes to arts education. CA is currently 41/50 for education spending & 88% of students don’t have access to a full arts education. How does this make you feel? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds #ACCM2021 

Q4: Harvey Mckay said, “One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.” Share a learning goal you have for yourself. #CaArtsEdChat

April 21, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that makes you laugh.

Q2: Today is National Administrative Professionals’ Day! Let’s celebrate all of those people who keep our schools and offices running by sharing a photo or story of an Admin who supports you! #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Art has the power to heal. Right now, our students need the arts more than ever. Students are in need of mental health support and arts education gives them the tools to process and express. What SEL strategies are you using in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds #ACCM2021 @caselorg

Q4: “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." - #MaryLouCook How does your artform leverage a #GrowthMindset? #CaArtsEdChat

April 28, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows your favorite superhero. #NationalSuperheroDay

Q2: Today is #NationalSuperheroDay! Who is a Superhero in your life you’d like to celebrate and why? Tag this person in your Tweet!! #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What is one of your arts educator superpowers? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: The arts are core subjects in CA. Students should have the same access to them as they do math, English, or science. Have you integrated other subjects in your instruction? If so, what? Was it effective? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds #ACCM2021

June 2, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows your favorite way to relax.

Q2: Today is National #LeaveTheOfficeEarlyDay. Knowing educators tend to work long hours, share your best advice for setting healthy boundaries. #CaArtsEdChat #selfcare

Q3: Nearly 90% of school districts cited higher rates of absenteeism or disengagement during the past year, which is often used to gauge student emotional health. #ArtsEd has been proven to increase engagement & attendance. What check-ins do you use with your students? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds #SEL

Q4: “Artistically literate citizens find joy, inspiration, peace, intellectual stimulation, meaning, and other life-enhancing qualities through participation in all of the arts.” How have the arts impacted your life as an artistically literate citizen? Share some art you’ve created recently. #CaArtsEdChat

May 12, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. The end is in sight, friends! Introduce yourself with a GIF that shows how you are feeling as we come to the home stretch of the 2020-21 school year.

Q2: We’ve all learned hard into tech this year. Share a technology tool or tip that you used to genuinely engage students during online and/or hybrid learning this year. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What revelation did you have about your students this year? How can you use that information next year to improve your practice and students' arts learning experiences? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What did you discover about yourself this year professionally and/or personally? How can you leverage that to continue to grow and evolve as a human, artist, and educator? #CaArtsEdChat

May 19, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that describes you and your teacher bestie!

Q2: What is one piece of advice you would give your 1st-year teacher self? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What is your favorite lesson, unit, or activity you teach each year? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: If you were given unlimited funding, what would you implement in your school or district? #CaArtsEdChat

May 26, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! <<I encourage multi-tweet threads if needed today!>> Please introduce yourself, where you're from, and help my district out with the following question: is cereal a soup? Yes or no. (Or share a GIF on your feelings of this question)

Q2: It's been a year. I know I wouldn't be on my two feet if it weren't for my community. Tell us. What's something you've accomplished this year—professional or personal—that would not have come to fruition without your friends/colleagues? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Community is huge—especially this year. However, in our classes, it's easy for us to silo off. How do you hope to break that pattern and collaborate with other VAPA teachers (in the same field or different) next year? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: If this year has highlighted anything, it's that much change needs to happen in Ed. Uplifting of BBIA voices. Equity for all learners. Working tech. What's something you want to see changed & how do you aim to see it enacted in your arts classroom/community? #CaArtsEdChat

June 2, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows your favorite way to relax.

Q2: Today is National #LeaveTheOfficeEarlyDay. Knowing educators tend to work long hours, share your best advice for setting healthy boundaries. #CaArtsEdChat #selfcare

Q3: Nearly 90% of school districts cited higher rates of absenteeism or disengagement during the past year, which is often used to gauge student emotional health. #ArtsEd has been proven to increase engagement & attendance. What check-ins do you use with your students? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds #SEL

Q4: “Artistically literate citizens find joy, inspiration, peace, intellectual stimulation, meaning, and other life-enhancing qualities through participation in all of the arts.” How have the arts impacted your life as an artistically literate citizen? Share some art you’ve created recently. #CaArtsEdChat

June 9, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a picture of a graduation that was special to you.

Q2: What plans do you have for your own learning this summer?#CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Students from low-income backgrounds with arts are 5x less likely to drop out. Share a story of how a student’s life was changed by the arts. #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds @Create CA

Q4: “Artistically literate citizens find at least one arts discipline in which they develop sufficient competence to continue active involvement in creating, performing, and responding to art as an adult.” How do you see this in the lives of your students?#CaArtsEdChat

June 16, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows your favorite frozen treat.

Q2: The CA Arts Standards are outcomes-based, communicating high and achievable goals. How do you communicate your curriculum goals to students? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Students who receive an arts education are 3x more likely to win an award for school attendance. Did the Arts impact your school attendance? Or a student? How does this look in your setting? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds

Q4: Parent, family, and guardian engagement supports student learning. Share your best advice to communicate what is happening in your classroom. #CaArtsEdChat

June 23, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows something you are looking forward to this summer.

Q2: Saturday, June 19 was Juneteenth. When did you learn about this day? During your K-12 education, in college, or as an adult? What resources do you recommend so others can learn more about this important day? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Students with an arts education have higher levels of civic engagement, 4x more likely to take part in math and science fairs and 3x more likely to be elected to class office. How do you encourage students to be active in the community? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuilds

Q4: “Artistically literate citizens seek artistic experiences and support the arts in their local, state, national, and global communities.” Share a favorite piece of civic art or a local museum/theatre/venue that is dear to your heart. #CaArtsEdChat

June 30, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows how you feel about using social media. #SocialMediaDay

Q2: How do you use social media to enhance your own learning as well as your students' learning? #SocialMediaDay #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Students from a low-income background with “arts-rich” instruction are 3x more likely to get a bachelor’s degree. Who was the first person in your family to get a degree? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuild

Q4: “Artistically literate citizens appreciate the value of supporting the arts as a profession by engaging with the arts and by supporting the funding of the arts.”  What artistic event have you recently attended or are planning to attend this summer?  #CaArtsEdChat

August 4, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. It’s #SimplifyYourLife week so let’s declutter our Twitter chat! Respond with your name and the first GIF that pops up when you search your name.

Q2: In honor of #SimplifyYourLife week, what is one thing that you can do to help declutter your life either at work or at home? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: With so many different things demanding our attention each day it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. How might you #SimplifyYourLife from the perspective of your mental health? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuild

Q4: Would a hard copy or a digital version of the new CA Arts Standards and Arts Education Framework best help you #SimplifyYourLife?  #CaArtsEdChat

August 11, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a GIF that summarizes your summer.

Q2: Let’s share some summer celebrations! What was one way you participated in the arts this summer, either as a creator or a consumer? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” - Maya Angelou. What are your thoughts on this quote and how does it apply to your teaching? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdRebuild

Q4: Share a favorite work of art from any discipline (dance, media arts, music, theatre, or visual arts) that you feel exemplifies the idea of summer celebrations. #CaArtsEdChat

August 18, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. This week we are celebrating students and teachers across our state that are headed #BackToSchool! Introduce yourself with a back-to-school picture.

Q2: What is your favorite #BackToSchool supply that you just can’t do without? #CaArtsEdChat 

Q3: As you go #BacktoSchool, what are you most excited about? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What do you wish you had more time for as you head #BacktoSchool? #CaArtsEdChat

September 1, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a GIF showing how your school year is going so far. #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: “Artistically literate citizens appreciate the value of supporting the arts as a profession by engaging with the arts and by supporting the funding of the arts. Some… pursue a career in the arts, thereby enriching local, state, national, and global communities and economies.” How do you address the arts as profession in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat 

Q3: According to the 2021 Otis Report on the Creative Economy, the Entertainment & Digital Media sector had a growth rate of 32%. How do you ensure your students know about career opportunities in these areas?  @OtisCollege #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Monday, Sept. 6 is #LaborDay to honor workers. What do you have planned for the weekend? #CaArtsEdChat

September 8, 2021  - Suicide Prevention

Q1: Welcome to the CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself and share a GIF showing how participating in the arts makes you feel?

Q2: September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. What role do you believe the arts play in helping students combat depression and suicidal ideation?

Q3: The CA Arts Standards recognize the arts as a means to well-being. What is one of your favorite quotes about the impact of the arts on individual and community well-being?

Q4: How can arts educators help students use their creativity to engage in suicide prevention?

Final Thought: PLEASE help spread awareness about suicide prevention by retweeting this. www.suicideispreventable.org can help you know the signs, find the words, and save a life! @800273TALK is available 24/7. #KnowtheSigns

September 15, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a gif describing the arts community where you teach.

Q2: How do you and your students benefit from community arts partners in your area? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What actions could you take to build even deeper relationships with your arts partners? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Give a shout-out to a community arts organization that gives back to students and teachers! #CaArtsEdChat

September 22, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is the #AutumnalEquinox which marks the “official” end of summer. Introduce yourself and share GIF that shows how you feel about the start of autumn.

Q2: It’s national #KeepKidsCreativeWeek! What is one way that you help #KeepKidsCreative? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: The California Arts Standards recognize Creating as one of the 4 Artistic Processes. In what ways do students benefit from the creative process in all areas of education? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Every artist needs inspiration, so let’s inspire one another with our artwork! Share something you have created and perhaps a bit of the story behind it. #CaArtsEdChat

September 29, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is #NationalCoffeeDay so please introduce yourself and share a GIF showing how you feel about coffee.

Q2: Many people drink coffee to have a boost of energy. Give an example of an interaction with students that boosts your energy! #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What strategies do you use to excite and engage students at the start of a class or rehearsal? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Presenting, producing, and performing are an essential part of any arts class.  How do you engage the community and bring them in to be a part of student presentations, productions and performances? #CaArtsEdChat


October 6, 2021

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is #RandomActsOfPoetryDay. Introduce yourself with a Haiku. Go!

Q2: The Artistic Process of Creating states “Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.” How are students Creating in your classroom? Share some creations with us! #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: How did it feel to create your own haiku at the start of the chat today? Do you regularly try new creative activities outside your comfort zone? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Miles Davis said, “To keep creating you have to be about change.” How do you feel about this? #CaArtsEdChat



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