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​​​​​​​​Visual and Performing Arts Professional Learning​ Opportunities​

VAPA Leader Professional Learning Community

The VAPA Leader Professional Learning Community provides an opportunity for participants to share and discuss the "problems of practice" of district leaders in arts education, research and discover solutions, and have professional conversations focused on making systemic changes. This PLC aims to support school district leaders responsible for implementing the Strategic Arts Education Plan designed in partnership with Arts Empower San Diego, The California Arts Project and the San Diego County Office of Education.

Sept. 14, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, 2018, Feb. 1, March 8, April 12, May 3, 2019    Register


Arts Empower San Diego Mega Conference

Arts Empower San Diego Mega Conference Flier

Arts specialists, arts teachers, general classroom teachers, school administrators, college students, university faculty, teaching artists, arts partners, and parents come together to participate in professional development sessions, networking, and a celebration of arts education in our schools.

 Oct. 18, 2018   Register


Theatre Teacher Community of Practice

Theatre Teacher Community of Practice FlierThis four-day Community of Practice has been designed for Theatre teachers at all levels of experience with a shared commitment, passion and desire to improve their teaching practice through regular interaction with one another. Participants will share successes, work through challenges together, and build relationships while creating a shared repertoire of resources to use in the classroom.

Oct. 23, Nov. 28, 2018, Jan. 30, March 6, 2019Register


Diving Deeper into the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS)

Diving Deeper National Core Arts Standards flier

During this three-day learning opportunity, visual and performing arts teachers will examine the new National Core Arts Standards in their discipline and will begin to align their coursework to the standards. Teachers will have the opportunity to create new instructional units, write performance assessment tasks, and align course descriptions using the National Core Arts Standards, Common Core State Standards, and the California English Language Development Standards. This session is being offered in partnership with The California Arts. Cost: $175 FLIER

Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 11, 2018   Register

Feb. 27,  March 20,  and  April  17, 2019    Register


San Diego Arts Network Field Trip 

San Diego Arts Network Field Trip Flier

Administrators and VAPA Leaders are invited to get an up close look at the revised California Arts Standards in action at the Creative Performing Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in learning walks in classrooms representing each of five visual and performing arts disciplines. 

Jan. 11, 2019  Register

Kickstart the Arts in (Y)Our Schools

Come together May 3 with school and district administrators, teacher leaders, parents, and community arts organizations providing arts education programs to expand arts education for our students. The 2019 Kickstart the Arts event includes structured networking with colleagues and discussions on creating the best possible arts learning environments in San Diego County schools.

May 10, 2019   Register


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Pauline Crooks

Program Secretary


Kathy Bowman

Program Secretary