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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.

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.

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 six times this summer. Registration is available here.

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.

San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community Summer Book Study 

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 will read and discuss the book Dare to Lead by Brene Brown through the lens of a school district arts leader.  Sessions will take place June 17, 24, July 15 and 22. 

Arts Empower Mega Conference 2021

Save the date for the 2021 Arts Empower San Diego Mega Conference on Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Arts Empower Mega Conference is the premier arts education professional learning event for teachers and administrators in San Diego County. With breakout sessions for all arts disciplines, it will be a day of professional learning and conversations focused on arts education you won’t want to miss!

Developed in partnership through the Arts Empower initiative, the conference unites teachers of all arts disciplines, elementary multiple-subject teachers, teaching artists, school administrators, and arts organization members. The 2021 conference will be a hybrid event so participants can choose to attend in person or virtually.

Arts Empower is accepting session presentation proposals now through June 30.

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sign up here​ to be notified about new professional development by email​.​

Pauline Crooks

VAPA Coordinator


Christina Fekas-Gorman

Administrative Assistant


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