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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 Nov. 13, Dec. 4, 18, Jan. 15, 29, Feb. 12, 26.

Arts Empower Rally Encore: Student Spotlight

The October 2020 Arts Empower Mega Rally was such a success that we are presenting an encore!  Please join us on Thursday, March 11, 2021 for the Arts Empower Mega Rally Encore: Student Spotlight. Be inspired by a student panel as well as beautiful and powerful artwork created by our students to help them cope, connect, and communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic. We can't wait to celebrate arts education and our San Diego County students with you at the Arts Empower Rally Encore. Register here

Music that Unifies:  Developing Empathy and Understanding through World Music

Join us for this pair of interactive sessions designed to utilize the power of music to broaden a student's world view and develop a greater sense of empathy. The sessions will reinforce both the need for discipline specific music and arts instruction as well as integrated instruction to benefit the whole child. We will explore the lives of people in other parts of the world by introducing students to the music that is part of their daily lives, rituals, and celebrations, while also introducing and reinforcing key music standards.

This series will pair a short 20-30 minute session one week with a more in-depth hour long discussion the following week. Sessions will be held on March 8 & March 15, 2021.  Register here

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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