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​​​​​​​​Visual and Performing Arts Professional (VAPA) Learning​ Opportunities​

San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community

SDCOE and the Southern Counties California Arts Project (SouthCAP) partner in facilitating the San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community. This community of TK-12 school district arts leaders investigate arts education topics and current research, to maintain awareness of issues and policies impacting arts education in California.  The community provides a system of support for arts leaders to share, reflect, problem solve, and learn from each other, especially in our current circumstances with shifting contexts in face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid models of instruction. Fall Sessions will take place Sept. 18, Oct. 2, 16, and 30, Nov. 13.

Arts Empower San Diego Mega Rally

It's been a long, strange, tough year with the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of relegating the annual Arts Empower Mega Conference to another event canceled by the coronavirus, we invite you to get pumped up for the opportunities ahead of us with the free one-hour, Arts Empower Rally on October 15. Be inspired by your peers and the beautiful and powerful student artwork and performances that came out of quarantine and in response to racial injustice. Explore ways to teach dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts virtually and at a distance. Get energized to advocate for the arts in education at a time when students need all the ways to express their feelings and experiences. And be reminded of the importance of arts education with the new state framework. Register now to attend the 2020 Arts Empower San Diego Rally. We can't wait to celebrate arts education and arts educators with you at the Arts Empower Rally on October 15.

Amp Up the Arts and Math in STEAM

The connection between math and each of the arts disciplines goes beyond the practical nature of computation to the core of what is truly beautiful about math and the arts. We have designed lessons that integrate the different artistic processes in the new CA Arts Standards to enhance and enrich the study of mathematics PK-12.  We will experience a lesson together and explore how you can continue the work of integrating math and the arts so that they share the leading role in your lessons.  Virtual sessions available upon request.

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Pauline Crooks

VAPA Coordinator


Christina Fekas-Gorman

Administrative Assistant


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