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


Leveraging English Learner Assets through the Arts

This virtual professional learning session for middle school arts and middle school ELD teachers, will focus on using the Arts as a lens through which we view the importance of cultural and linguistic connections English Learners make to the Arts. Participants will be receiving lessons to pilot in their classrooms and provide feedback on the content and structure. The participant’s role in this project will play an integral part in leveraging student assets and building into and from the content to provide full and meaningful access to 21st century skills, resulting in attaining high levels of language proficiency and mastery of grade-level standards in the arts and across other content areas. Participants utilizing the lessons and completing the accompanying reflection form will receive free books, teaching supplies, and/or arts supplies.  Registration is available here.




California Arts Standards Introduction

The California Arts Standards Introduction professional learning is designed for arts educators, multiple subject teachers, school and district administrators, and teaching artists to deepen their understanding of the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools and explore strategies for implementation. This professional learning is offered by Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, San Diego, Stanislaus, and Tulare County Offices of Education as part of the collective work of CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Creativity at the Core Module 22. This 2-hour virtual professional learning will be offered two times this fall.  Please select ONE professional learning session to attend. Registration is available here




Arts Instruction and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Fall 2021

The California Arts Standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) professional learning is designed for arts educators, multiple subject teachers, school and district administrators, and teaching artists to deepen their understanding of the connections between the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools and UDL in addition to strategies for implementation. This professional learning is offered by Butte, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tulare County Offices of Education as part of the collective work of CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Creativity at the Core Module 20. This 2-hour professional learning will be offered virtually three times this fall. Please select ONE professional learning session to attend. 



Introduction to Arts Integration

Build an awareness of how arts integration using theatre strategies can activate your curriculum in any content area.  This online, asynchronous course developed by La Jolla Playhouse will guide educators through a deep understanding of the value of standards-based arts integration, how to develop an ensemble mindset in the classroom, assessment through the arts, and ways to connect community arts organizations to schools.  Course includes example lesson plans, teacher testimony, and resources to guide arts integration into standards-based curriculum. 

This course was designed in collaboration through the Kennedy Center Partners in Education partnership between the La Jolla Playhouse, the Chula Vista Elementary School District, and the San Diego County Office of Education with funding provided by the CCSESA Arts Initiative. Please use this link to sign up for this free course today.




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.




San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community

Prioritizing equity, this community of TK-12 school district arts leaders investigates current research, issues, and policies impacting equitable arts education.  The community provides a system of support for arts leaders to engage in continuous improvement for equity in their districts and communities. Please email pauline.crooks@sdcoe for more information.





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Pauline Crooks

VAPA Coordinator

858-295-8881


Christina Fekas-Gorman

Administrative Assistant

858-295-8842



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