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#CaArtsEdChat Every Wednesday

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

Archived chat questions.

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

March 6, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share something unique.

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

Q3: Have you read the introduction to the new California Arts Standards? What did you think?

Q4: How do you feel about the California Arts Standards? Feel free to use a GIF to best express your feelings!

March 13, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a GIF representing the art discipline(s) you practice.

Q2: Highlights from #ArtsinEducation Month? Pictures? We want to celebrate with you!

Q3: What's an insight or "ah-ha!" or question you had from the introduction to the new California Arts Standards

Q4: There are four artistic processes: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting. Which one has you feeling confident today? Got a video or pic to share?! 

March 20, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a quote that inspires you.

Q2: Highlights from #ArtsinEducation Month? Bring out those pictures and videos -- we want to celebrate with you!

Q3: What cross-curricular lesson ideas come to mind with the new California Arts Standards

Q4: Of the four artistic processes -- Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responsing, and Connecting -- which one has you feeling inspired today? Tell us why.

March 27, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share how you used the new California Arts Standards in a conversation with colleagues this week.

Q2: Highlights from #ArtsinEducation Month? What are some ways we can keep the arts in education celebration going next month? 

Q3: What does artistic literacy mean to you? 

Q4: What's your favorite go-to teaching resource and why? (Don't forget to share a link.)

April 3, 2019

Q1: Hi!  Introduce yourself and share something unique.

Q2: What do you have planned to celebrate Arts, Culture & Creativity Month

Q3: What do you think about the Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals in our new California Arts Standards

Q4: Poll: Do you know who your state representative/senator is in Sacramento? 

April 10, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a GIF representing your favorite art discipline!


Q2: What have you been doing to celebrate California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month? Share a pic if you've got one.


Q3: How do you actively create, perform, or respond to art in any form?

Q4: What opportunities exist for your students?

April 17, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share the last picture you took on your phone (if appropriate).

Q2: What have you been doing to celebrate California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month?

Q3: Name and tag some of your favorite VAPA or arts Twitter accounts that inspire you.  

Q4: How have you connected the arts to other content areas?

April 24, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself using only emojis or GIFs. 

Q2: Share a picture of an California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month event you participated in and tell us about it!

Q3: What's your favorite lesson plan resource and why? (Don't forget to share a link!)

Q4: Where do you find your inspiration this time of year?

May 1, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a gif connected to #InternationalDrumMonth.  

Q2: Did you know May is National Chamber Music Month? If you are a music teacher share how you use small ensembles in your class using #ChamberMusicMonth and if you teach another discipline share how students work collaboratively in your classroom.

Q3: The original CA VAPA Standards are from the year 2001! What were you doing in education in the year 2001?

Q4: What has changed in education or in the world since 2001?

May 8, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself by sharing the most creative gift you’ve received for National Teacher Appreciation Week!

Q2: What types of final products do students complete in your classroom? Share an example!

Q3: How do your students share their learning? Share an example or resource you use!

Q4: Do you think students can create a product in an arts class without learning taking place? Why or why not?

May 15, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share how you can/do incorporate movement in your class in honor of Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Q2: What is your most successful strategy for increasing community participation in your arts events?

Q3: How do you let families know what content your students are learning in your arts classes?

Q4: How do you and your students document the learning process to share with the community?

May 22, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a selfie! We’re getting to know each other better and I think we should meet ;)

Q2: How are you planning to create, perform, or respond to art in any form this summer?

Q3: How do you generate creative ideas and make creative decisions?

Q4: Who is a classified employee who impacts your work and your students that you’d like to thank this week?

June 5, 2019

Q1: Welcome back to the #CaArtsEdChat everyone! Where are you joining in from today? Follow and use the #CaArtsEdChat to join in.

Q2: How do you learn more about the culture and traditions of your students? Give an example of how you utilize their experiences in your teaching.

Q3: As an artist, how does culture impact your creative choices or your response to art? Tell us a story!

Q4: June is graduation month.  Please share a photo of yourself at graduation or someone you know who recently graduated.

June 19, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Today we are going to focus on our own artistic literacy! Introduce yourself with a creative selfie!

Q2: How do you define the word creativity?

Q3: How do you develop your own creativity?

Q4: Share a photo of something you’ve created recently or a work of art you’ve connected with recently.

June 26, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself by sharing what superpower you believe would help you be more creative!

Q2: Share something you’ve created this week and tell us the inspiration for it!

Q3: What types of innovative thinking do you ask your students to engage in? Or do you engage in?

Q4: What books/blogs/podcasts about creativity would you recommend? 

July 3, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with a gif showing how you plan to spend the 4th of July holiday.

Q2: Share your reaction to this quote from Maya Angelou “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Q3: E.E. Cummings said “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” What strategies do you use to encourage students to believe in themselves? 

Q4: What artistic works (dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual art) evoke a sense of freedom for you?

July 10, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with a selfie. 

Q2: Did you know July is World Watercolor Month? Share a photo of a watercolor you’ve created or one from another artist. #WorldWatercolorMonth #CaArtsEdChat 

Q3: Harvey Mckay said “One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.” Share something new you have learned this summer or plan to learn? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Share your favorite quote about creativity. #CaArtsEdChat

July 17, 2019 

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with an emoji that best suits how you feel about your personal creativity level. #WorldEmojiDay 

Q2: If you could experience the arts at any time in history through time travel what destination and time period would you choose and why? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: I am @Comic_Con the rest of this week. What role do you see comics, film, tv, games, etc. playing in education? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Batman doesn’t have any metahuman powers, but has surrounded himself with an amazing team. Who is on your VAPA Superhero Team? #CaArtsEdChat

July 24, 2019

Q1:  Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself by sharing a photo or image of something new you’ve experienced this summer.

Q2:  Check out this definition of creativity from Joe Landon @artsed411 and share your own definition of creativity. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3:  Do you believe creativity is something a person is born with or can be developed? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  How do you encourage creativity in your students and others you work with? #CaArtsEdChat

July 31, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Today we are going to chat about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) so please introduce yourself with a photo or gif that shows kindness. 

Q2: Theodore Roosevelt said “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” How do you model this mindset for your students? #CaArtsEdChat #ChooseKind #365daysofwonder @RJPalacio 

Q3: How do you see the arts as encouraging positive risk taking and flexibility in & outside the classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What arts educator has inspired you in your journey? Share a story with us! #CaArtsEdChat

August 7, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself by sharing one classroom supply item you cannot live without! 

Q2: E.M. Forster said “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Did you always plan on getting into arts education or did you have a different path? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: How do you see the arts nurturing hope and resiliency in & outside the classroom? ##CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What is one New School Year Resolution you are making for 2019-2020? #CaArtsEdChat

August 14, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with by sharing a gif showing how you feel about the first day of school! Since it is #ElvisWeek, bonus points for using an Elvis gif. 

Q2:  How do you creatively share the Arts Standards with your students?  #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: How do you see the arts nurturing hope and resiliency in & outside the classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  The Curriculum Framework Criteria Committee will complete their final meeting on Friday.  Let’s show our appreciation to the writers and the committee! #CaArtsEdChat

August 21, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo or gif describing how you feel about the first day of school. #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: How does engaging in creating art in any form enrich people’s lives? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What is the biggest challenge you are facing in your work today? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  Share a success story you’ve had in arts education recently. #CaArtsEdChat

August 28, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo or gif describing how you feel about arts education. #CaArtsEdChat
 
Q2: Brené Brown says “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” How do you feel about this? #CaArtsEdChat
 
Q3: Share a first day of school mishap you’ve had as a student or educator. #CaArtsEdChat
 
Q4: Share a first day of school success story. #CaArtsEdChat

September 4, 2019

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Respond with your name, where you are from, and what you did this past Labor Day. Include a pic!

Q2: "Anchor Standard 7: Students will perceive and analyze work." How do you define perceive and analyze in your arts discipline? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What opportunities do you provide for students to perceive and analyze works of art? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  What elements of your arts discipline aid in perceiving and analyzing? #CaArtsEdChat

September 11, 2019

Q1: Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat Introduce yourself with an image or story of #BecauseOfArtsEd. It is #ArtsEdWeek. Let’s celebrate!

Q2: As arts educators, we have to advocate for our programs. What have been some advocacy strategies that worked for you and your school? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdWeek

Q3: #CaArtsEdChat needs a logo. Sketch a design and share or describe what images you think represent #ArtsEd in California. #ArtsEdWeek

Q4:  The artistic process of Responding is all about understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning. What is your 1-minute story of Responding in the Arts? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdWeek #BecauseOfArtsEd

September 18, 2019

Q1: Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat Respond with your name, location, and how you keep kids creative! #KeepKidsCreativeWeek 

Q2: "Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. How do you define intent and evaluation? 

Q3: What opportunities do you provide for students to interpret intent and find meaning in works of art? CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  What systems or structures do you provide your students when discussing artistic intent and meaning? #CaArtsEdChat

September 25, 2019

Q1:  Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Respond with your name, location, and your favorite comic book character or series! #NationalComicBookDay

Q2: Responding Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work. How do students use criteria in evaluating artistic work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: In your classroom, who develops the criteria? Is it the teacher, students, or another source? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  What technology do you use in your classroom to support evaluation of learning and progress? #CaArtsEdChat

October 2, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with your name and location. Get connected with another person by commenting on their response to Q1! #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: Connecting is one of the four Artistic Processes in the new CA Arts Standards. Can you name the other three? (Hint look here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/vapacontentstds.asp#CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Connecting = Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. What opportunities do you provide for your students to do this in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  Oct. 5 is World Teachers’ Day and the theme is Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession. What can you do to celebrate, support and encourage a new teacher? Tag at least one new teacher in your tweet. #CaArtsEdChat #WorldTeachersDay

October 9, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with your name and a photo of you connecting with a colleague. #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: “Anchor Standard 10: Students will synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experience to make art.” What opportunities do you provide for students to do this in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: How do you connect your knowledge to personal experiences into your own art making? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: This is National Carry a Tune Week.  How do you connect singing to lessons you are teaching? #CaArtsEdChat

October 16, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with your name and how your boss supports #ArtsEd in honor of National Boss’ Day. Remember to tag your boss and/or school! #CaArtsEdChat#BossDay

Q2: “Anchor Standard 11: Students will relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.” What opportunities do you provide for students to do this in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Share a favorite lesson where students are able to relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen their understanding. #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Yesterday was World Students’ Day. How do you connect with your students to build healthy classroom relationships? #CaArtsEdChat

October 23, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a photo or gif of how connecting with the arts makes you feel. #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: Tell us about a favorite lesson you use where students make personal connections to the art you are studying. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: “Artistically literate citizens seek artistic experiences and support the arts in their local, state, national, and global communities.” How do you do this and encourage your students to do the same? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Did you know the draft CA Arts Framework is out for public review? How do you plan to participate in this process? #CaArtsEdChat

October 30, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo of your favorite costume. Bonus points if it is a photo of a costume you created! #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: How do you connect lessons with cultural celebrations? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What is your favorite piece of art, music, dance, or theatre? How do you connect with it? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: On a scale of 1-5, how comfortable do you feel with the California Arts Standards: Connecting? (1 is low and 5 is high) #CaArtsEdChat

November 6, 2019

Q1: Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. It is #SaxophoneDay.  Introduce yourself and show us your favorite saxophonist, art, or song.

Q2: "Creating Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work." How do you have students generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: In your classroom, how do you capture conceptualizing and/or brainstorming? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What technology do you use in your classroom to support creating? #CaArtsEdChat

November 13, 2019

Q1: Greetings. Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is #EducationalSupportProfessionalsDay. Introduce yourself and give a shout out to the school support staff that supports your classroom and students. 

Q2: “Creating Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic work.” How do you have students organize and develop artistic work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What structures or systems do you have in place to support student organization or development of work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  On a scale of 1-5, how comfortable are you with the Creating standards. Share your strengths and growth areas. #CaArtsEdChat

November 20, 2019

Q1: Greetings. Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Tell us your name and where you are from. Include a gif of how you are feeling this Wednesday. 

Q2: “Creating Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.” How do you have students refine and complete artistic work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: #DaVinci said “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” In your class, do you complete, refine, or abandon work?  #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Do you use a rubric, self-assessment, or another tool when completing a student-created project? Tell us about it or share. #CaArtsEdChat

November 27, 2019

Day before Thanksgiving - We are going to be light-hearted!

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself only using emojis! 

Q2: It’s #NationalJukeboxDay. Here is your nickel! ◯ What song are you playing? Will you dance with us? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: Who or what are you grateful for in #ArtsEd? Shout it out! #NationalGratitudeMonth #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What themes would you like to discuss in future #CaArtsEdChat?

December 4, 2019

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with an emoji gif related to the weather you’re experiencing where you live today.

Q2:  This month we are talking about our 4th Artistic Process: Performing / Presenting / Producing.  Can you match the process to the arts discipline? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: The month of Dec. can provide many opportunities for Performing / Presenting / Producing art. What opportunities are you providing for your students to do this? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: How are you sharing your art this month? #CaArtsEdChat

December 11, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo or gif showing how you are feeling this afternoon.  #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: “Performing/Presenting/Producing: Anchor Standard 4: Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.” What opportunities do you provide for students to do this? #CaArtsEdChat  

Q3: Frederick Douglass said: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”  How do you support students when they struggle performing/presenting/producing art? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Today is Nation App Day. What apps do you use in your arts classroom? #CaArtsEdChat #NationalAppDay

Q4: How do you take care of yourself during this busy month of December? #CaArtsEdChat

December 18, 2019

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with your favorite Star Wars photo or gif to celebrate the opening of the newest movie #TheRiseOfSkywalker #StarWars #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: “Performing/Presenting/Producing: Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.” What opportunities do you provide for students to do this? #CaArtsEdChat  

Q3: “Performing/Presenting/Producing: Anchor Standard 6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.” What opportunities do you provide for students to convey meaning? #CaArtsEdChat  

Q4: How do you take care of yourself during this busy month of December? #CaArtsEdChat

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?

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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?


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