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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

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


Archived chat questions

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

January 15, 2020

Q1:  Welcome to our first #CaArtsEdChat of 2020!  Please introduce yourself with a gif to celebrate 2020! #CaArtsEdChat 

Q2: What has inspired you at the start of this new year? #CaArtsEdChat   

Q3: “What has challenged you at the start of this new year? #CaArtsEdChat #CaArtsEdChat  

Q4: Who would you like to thank today for being a mentor to you on your arts ed journey? #CaArtsEdChat

January 22, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and share a smiling selfie! 😊😊😊

Q2: True or False: All student learning in an Arts Class involves either encountering, discussing, and/or creating art. Please share examples. #CaArtsEdChat   

Q3: What work of art makes you happy? #CaArtsEdChat  #HuntForHappinessWeek

Q4: How do you determine what art makes your students happy and connect this to the learning taking place in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

January 29, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a photo of you learning something new.

Q2: Do you prefer professional learning delivered in person, online, or a hybrid of the two? #CaArtsEdChat   

Q3: What professional learning resources would you recommend to other arts educators (conferences, webinars, blogs, books, podcasts, etc.)? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Who inspires you to be a better educator? Be sure to tag them in your response if they are on Twitter! #CaArtsEdChat

February 5, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and tag 5 arts ed friends.

Q2: February is Black History Month. What resources do you use to ensure Black artists/musicians/dancers/actors are represented throughout your curriculum not only in Feb. but all year long? #CaArtsEdChat   

Q3: What opportunities do you provide for students to explore careers in the arts? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: This is National School Counseling Week.  Please thank every School Counselor you know! #CaArtsEdChat

February 12, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a photo of someone enjoying art in any form!

Q2: What advice do you give students or peers who are struggling with creating their own original works of art? #artistsblock #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Feb. 14 is National "No One Eats Alone Day." How do you make time to get out of your classroom/office and eat lunch with others? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How do you maintain your love of teaching through the winter months? #CaArtsEdChat

March 4, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Let’s Celebrate one year of #CaArtsEdChat & introduce ourselves with a celebratory photo or gif.

Q2: What do you have planned to celebrate #ArtsinEducation Month? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Today is #NationalMarchingMusicDay. What is your favorite marching music group or piece of music? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Blaise Pascal said “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” Share some kind words here today. #CaArtsEdChat

March 11, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a fun fact about your own creativity.

Q2: How have you been celebrating #ArtsinEducation Month? Share a story and an image. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: James Thurber said “It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.” How do you encourage questioning in an arts classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How do you connect your students with artists in your community? #CaArtsEdChat

March 18, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a #ShelterInPlace selfie. #CreateAtHome

Q2Recommend an app or a website you find useful for distance learning. Tag resources and share how you use them. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3We know this is a tricky time to stay calm. Share your favorite work of art, music, theatre, or dance that helps you stay centered and at peace. Bonus points if you created it yourself ;) #CaArtsEdChat

Q4It’s time to catch up on some reading right now. What books do you recommend and why? #CaArtsEdChat

March 25, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and attach a GIF of how you are feeling at the moment.

Q2Now that you’ve spent some time exploring distance learning resources, what would you recommend for others? Share a screen shot. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3The Dali Lama said “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Share a story of kindness from your week. Include an image if you’d like. #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How are you encouraging movement for your students and yourself? #CaArtsEdChat

March 31, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF or image showing an activity you’ve had more time to enjoy lately?

Q2Henry van Dyke said “Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” How do you encourage students of all ages, especially those that have to work at it? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3Friday is #NationalFilmScoreDay.  What is your all-time favorite film score and why? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How are you connecting with others in the arts education community during this time? Tag as many arts educators as you can in your response. #CaArtsEdChat

April 8, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF or image representing a color of the rainbow you most identify with right now.

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

Q3Christopher Robin (A.A. Milne) said “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” How have you been braver, stronger, or smarter this week? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: As we are all learning new ways to provide students with arts education, what types of relaxation techniques are you incorporating into your day? #CaArtsEdChat

April 15, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF or image of something you love about spring.

Q2April is Jazz Appreciation Month. What is your favorite piece of jazz music or your favorite jazz musician? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Share something about a new arts ed trail you created or found this week. #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What is something that has made you laugh or brought you joy this week? #CaArtsEdChat

April 22, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF representing where you were born.

Q2Today 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

Q3William James said “Wherever you are it is your own friends who make your world.” How are you staying connected to friends during this time? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How are you providing opportunities for students/educators to stay connected to friends during this time? #CaArtsEdChat

April 29, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF or photo that inspires you.

Q2We celebrated National Superhero Day yesterday! Who is a Superhero in your life you’d like to celebrate and why? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3How have you been successful in engaging families in arts learning together? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Share something you’ve created while sheltering in place? #CaArtsEdChat

May 6, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a selfie!

Q2Let’s celebrate #TeacherAppreciationWeek by sharing something you admire about a teacher or group of teachers you know! #CaArtsEdChat

Q3Now that you’ve spent some time implementing distance learning, what resources would you recommend for others? Share a screen shot. #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How have you been cultivating hope for your students and arts ed community? #CaArtsEdChat

May 13, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, please introduce yourself with a GIF or photo representing how you feel today. #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: How do you utilize the arts to feel seen, heard, encouraged, and valued? #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #CaArtsEdChat

Q3C.S. Lewis said “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” How are you managing to carry your load this week? #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Elton John once said, “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” What songs bring you comfort and hope? #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #CaArtsEdChat

May 19, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF or photo to celebrate an artist who inspires you!

Q2: How are you taking care of yourself this week? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3What does this quote mean to you? “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” -Confucius #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: This is #ClassifiedEmployeeAppreciationWeek so let’s thank our Classified Employees! #CaArtsEdChat

June 3, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with one word describing how you are feeling today

Q2: How do you ensure all of your students see themselves in the artworks you utilize? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3“Courage is found in unlikely places.” -J.R.R. Tolkein Where do you find courage? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What resources or books would you recommend to others wanting to ensure all student voices are heard?#CaArtsEdChat

August 5, 2020

Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a GIF on how you feel about the California Arts Framework being approved in July 2020.

Q2: California added “Arts as a Profession” to our Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals. How do you feel about this? How would this look for students in your current setting? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3Which of the four artistic processes (Creating, Presenting / Producing / Performing, Responding, Connecting) do you find most challenging to teach via distance learning? Which is most exciting to teach? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Who can you share the new Arts Framework with? Tag 5 educators, administrators, board members and other stakeholders during #NationalBackToSchoolMonth #CaArtsEdChat

August 12, 2020

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself and tell us your location and position.

Q2: Tell us how you encourage your students to make inclusion a part of their artistic practice. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3What is your classroom, school, or district doing to foster diversity in their curriculum? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Give us an example of how equity is supported in your classroom, school, or district’s educational environment. #CaArtsEdChat

August 19, 2020

Q1: HOWDY! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a GIF showing how excited you are to finally connect with students again. #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: Self-care is one of the most important aspects of social emotional well-being. How are you taking care of yourself as school is ramping back up? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3You’ve likely heard something like the following statements: “Relationships before rigor” or “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” How are you developing relationships with students at the start of this school year? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Research shows that an arts-rich education helps students develop the social emotional competencies they need to be successful in school and beyond. Tag 5 folks who can help ensure the #ArtsForAll, especially during these difficult times. #CaArtsEdChat @caselorg

August 26, 2020

Q1: Introduce yourself and share: What does creativity look like? Why is it important for every learner?

Q2: As an educator, how can you recognize and develop creativity in all student learners? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3How can we make every subject creative? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  How can we foster a creative online learning environment? What are your go to resources? Tag your favorites! #CaArtsEdChat

August 26, 2020

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

Q2September is #SPM2020. What role do you believe the arts play in helping students combat depression and suicidal ideation? 

Q3The 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.

September 9, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself and share a photo or GIF showing how you are feeling about the start of the new school year.

Q2Sir Ken Robinson said “We take it for granted that nearly everybody can learn to read and write. If a person can’t read or write, you don’t assume that this person is incapable of it, just that he or she hasn’t learned how to do it. The same is true of creativity.” How are you creatively meeting the challenges facing education today? 

Q3What instructional materials are you using with students this year to adapt to online or hybrid instruction?

Q4:  Did you know @CADeptEd and @SBECalifornia are looking for reviewers for Arts Ed Instructional Materials? Apply at http://bit.ly/ArtsIMreview by Sept. 15, retweet and tag 5 other qualified candidates.

September 17, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with a GIF to celebrate National #ArtsEdWeek!

Q2What arts ed advocacy strategies have worked for you and your school? 

Q3Why do you believe all children should have access to an arts education?

Q4:  Finish this sentence: Because of Arts Ed...

September 23, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with your favorite inspirational quote.

Q2“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” - Frida Kahlo. How has your classroom changed? #HispanicHeritageMonth

Q3Harvey Mckay said, “One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.” Share something new you’ve learned recently.

Q4:  "Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." – Amy Poehler Who inspires you? Tag them in your response.

September 30, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Today is #InternationalPodcastDay! Introduce yourself and share your favorite podcast!

Q2Responding Anchor Standard 9 of the CA Arts Standards is ‘Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.’ How do students use criteria in evaluating artistic work? What has shifted during distance learning?

Q3In your classroom, who develops the criteria? Is it the teacher, students, or another source?

Q4:  What technology or tool has been most helpful for you and/or your students right now?

October 7, 2020

Q1: Hi and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself and share an image or quote about your favorite art form.

Q2Riddle me this! “If our leaders were more like artists, they would…."

Q3What's one way leaders can encourage playful creativity on their teams?

Q4:  It takes empathy to engage in art-making — and leadership, too. How can both stay humble and better understand the lived experience of others who are different from them?

October 14, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with an image of the arts bringing communities together.

Q2According to the CA Arts Standards “Artistically literate citizens seek artistic experiences and support the arts in their local, state, national, and global communities.” How do you encourage and build this capacity in your students? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3While the focus is on the presidential race in the Nov. 3 election, most arts education decisions are made locally. How do you encourage people to vote and what advice can you share for learning about candidates and propositions? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  What examples have you seen of students advocating for arts education? #CaArtsEdChat

October 21, 2020

Q1: Introduce yourself and answer this question: How are you using the arts to reflect the cultural experiences of the students you work with? 

Q2Numerous research reports have found that an increase in arts education has a remarkable impact on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes. How can we increase equitable access to the arts for ALL students during school hours?

Q3Studies show that arts education energizes students and activates them to get more involved in their community. How do you use arts and culture to get students more civically engaged?

Q4:  It takes an entire community to bring awareness of the value and positive impact of the arts on students. How can we get parents and families to take action as arts education advocates?

October 28, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Friday is National Candy Corn Day. Please introduce yourself with a gif or image showing how you feel about this sugary treat. 

Q2One of the goals of @ArtsEmpowerSD is to build leadership capacity locally. What experiences or resources have helped make you a better leader? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3The global pandemic has given us an opportunity to reimagine education. What innovative or forward-thinking ideas have you tried or seen others implement? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  We know the power arts education has to change lives! Please share an example of how the arts have empowered you or one of your students. #CaArtsEdChat

November 4, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with a selfie.

Q2What are you doing for self-care to celebrate #StressAwarenessDay?

Q3Tag an educator that inspires you and share how/why they are an inspiration.

Q4:  Next Wednesday is #VeteransDay. Share what you do to honor Veterans or tell us about a Veteran in your family.

November 9-13, Slow Chat

Welcome to this week’s SLOW #CaArtsEdChat, where we will take an extended time to honor our Veterans.

  • Monday (11/9)
    • Q1: In May, "The President's Own" released this socially distanced version of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” What is a song or work of art that you feel beautifully honors our Veterans? youtu.be/n0wHMzeA6ag #CaArtsEdChat
  • Tuesday (11/10)
    • Q2: How does your school community honor Veterans, including staff, parents, and community members? #CaArtsEdChat
  • Wednesday (11/11)
    • Q3: The USO provides live entertainment, such as comedians, actors, musicians, social facilities, and other programs to members of the US Armed Forces and their families. How have or could you connect with @the_USO to support Veterans in your community?
  • Thursday (11/12)
    • Q4:  Did you know Blue Star Families has a network of Museums and Theatres who provide complimentary or discounted admission to Military Families? Check out the “Arts are for Everyone” video to learn more. @BlueStarFamily
  • Friday (11/13)
    • Q5:  It is wonderful we have a day to honor our Veterans. How might we use arts education resources to honor their service and sacrifice?

November 18, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day Please introduce yourself and share a random act of kindness.

Q2: Where do you think creative ideas come from? How do you help your students be open to new ideas and encourage outside the box thinking? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: #Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage”? How do you encourage your students to bravely express their unique culture and identity while creating? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Being a member of an arts education organization can be a powerful support tool. Share an example of how an arts organization has helped you or your students. Please tag an organization in your response. #CaArtsEdChat

November 25, 2020

Q1: Arts education has continued throughout the pandemic through innovation, creativity, and commitment. What individuals and organizations would you like to express gratitude to for making this possible? Please tag them in your response.

December 2, 2020

Q1: Hello, and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with a GIF showing how you’re feeling now that it’s DECEMBER (already?!?!?).

Q2: Henry Ward Beecher said, “The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” How does this quote apply to arts education for all students? #CaArtsEdChat #SpecialEducationDay

Q3: Evidence-based planning supports students’ full inclusion in arts learning. What steps do you take in your planning to ensure all students can access the learning? #CaArtsEdChat #SpecialEducationDay

Q4: “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Alexander Den Heijer. How does this apply in arts education? #CaArtsEdChat #SpecialEducationDay

December 9, 2020

Q1: Greetings! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Let’s make a wish! Introduce yourself, where you are from, and what you wish for! 🌟

Q2: This week is #CSEdWeek. Have you made art with computer coding? How was that experience? Check out devart.withgoogle.com to see how artists are creating using technology. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Where do you see your artform and technology intersecting? #CSEdWeek #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What new ways have you used technology in your teaching that you will carry forward beyond the pandemic?  

#CaArtsEdChat #CSEdWeek #CaArtsEdChat

December 16, 2020

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and tell us what food you are craving today?

Q2: Ludwig van Beethoven was born 250 years ago today! What question would you ask if you could speak with him today? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Beethoven is well known for his use of motif. Share an artwork that is a great example of motif. “Motif is a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.” #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Beethoven, like most artists, was under-appreciated in his time. Let’s give some love to current artists and celebrate their contributions to our world. Be sure to tag them in your response! #CaArtsEdChat

December 23, 2020

Q1: Greetings from the #CaArtsEdChat. We wish you a restful holiday season. Feel free to share your art with us!

December 30, 2020

Q1: Greetings from the #CaArtsEdChat. What is a goal or wish you have for 2021?

January 6, 2021

Q1: Welcome to the first #CaArtsEdChat of the new year. Introduce yourself with a gif that shares your feelings about 2021.

Q2: What has inspired you at the start of this new year? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Respond to this quote from Phil Collins: “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: January is #NationalMentoringMonth. Who has been an arts mentor to you? Have you mentored anyone? Share your story and tag your mentor/mentee! #CaArtsEdChat

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


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