November/December California County Superintendents CISC Arts Subcommittee Report – Regional Highlights


November/December 2022



Curriculum and Instruction (CISC) Arts Subcommittee

Jeanette Spencer, Chair
Senior Advisor for District Support & Educational Leadership, Butte COE

California County Superintendents Arts Initiative

Letty Kraus, Director

California Department of Education (CDE)

Allison Frenzel, Education Programs Consultant

The California Arts Project (TCAP)

Kristine Alexander, Executive Director

REGION 1 Arts Lead
Stacy Young, Humboldt COE
REGION 2 Arts Lead
Jennifer Spangler, Butte COE

REGION 3 Arts Lead
Dr. L. Steven Winlock, Sacramento COE

REGION 4 Arts Lead
Bernie Phelan, Alameda COE

REGION 5 Arts Lead
Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara COE

REGION 6 Arts Lead
Amy Bultena, Stanislaus COE

REGION 7 Arts Co-Lead
Aaron Bryan, Fresno CSS

REGION 7 Arts Co-Lead
Kate Stover, Tulare COE

REGION 8 Arts Co-Lead
Brett Taylor, Ventura COE

REGION 8 Arts Co-Lead
Lisa Salas Brown, Ventura COE
REGION 9 Arts Lead
Pauline Crooks, San Diego COE
REGION 10 Arts Lead
Louisa Higgins, Riverside COE

REGION 11 Arts Lead
Jeannine Flores, Los Angeles COE

California County Superintendents Arts Initiative Update

Report from the Chair

In November 2022, California voters passed Measure 28, the Arts and Music in Schools—Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act. This measure provides a steady source of funding for arts education and focuses on local site-decision making but it also includes restrictions on how funds can be used. In November and December, the California County Superintendents Arts Initiative engaged in conversations with statewide arts education partners and other organizations to get a sense of what kind of implementation support would be needed. CISC Arts Subcommittee members helped to gather questions from the field and contributed to the production of a “potential questions and suggested talking points” document. Updated editions of the document will be produced as new information becomes available. CISC Arts Subcommittee members are also contributing to planning for an Arts Education Funding Implementation Community of Practice to build capacity for implementation support.


Statewide Arts Education Collaboration

Arts as Life: A County Office Collaboration

February 1st 2023

Arts as Life! is open to all K-12 teachers, administration, staff, and counselors, and is produced by the San Mateo County Office of Education in partnership with Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Riverside, and Los Angeles County Offices of Education; Stanford Live, Young Audiences of Northern California; San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture; and KQED.

Join this fun day of learning for your students & immersive professional development, rich with opportunities to practice creativity and its connections to literacy and social and emotional learning.

• Attend this virtual field trip with your students. No need to get a sub!

• Keynote by Myles Bess, producer and host of KQED’s “Above the Noise”

• Workshops in spoken word poetry, body music, bookmaking, video arts, theater, storytelling, singing, and more!

• Over 30 dynamic presenters!

• Performances by Youth Poet Laureates 

You’ll enjoy shared learning experiences and leave with exciting new techniques and practical approaches for use in your classroom.


Regional Highlights

Submitted by the Regional Arts Leads of the CISC/Arts Subcommittee

For more information on items found in this section, check out the contact list for the Regional and County Arts Leads.


Humboldt County Office of Education

Stacy Young, Regional County Arts Lead

Humboldt County Office of Education

Humboldt County Office of Education is busily preparing for two professional development trainings: January for ArtSEL (Arts and Social Emotional Learning) for the whole staff of 7 schools and the Creative Education Symposium on March 25. Keynote speaker is Dr. Susie Wise, author of “Design for Belonging”. Workshops include Shadow Puppetry, Body Percussion, Movement, and Belonging. More information check out the website 

March also includes the Youth Arts Festival and All County Music Festival. The Youth Arts Festival is held at the Morris Graves Museum of Art and includes student performances. The art hangs all month. The All County Music Festival is comprised of 400 superlative 6th-12th grade musicians in seven ensembles: Jazz Ensemble, Junior and Senior bands, choirs, and orchestras with guest conductors.


Butte County Office of Education

Jennifer Spangler, Regional County Arts Lead

Butte County Office of Education

Arts Education Collective Impact Project Enters Year Two

At a major press event on November 7th the Any Given Child: Butte County collective impact project announced goals for Year 2. Supported through the national education program of the Kennedy Center and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, AGC: Butte County focuses on expanding arts education in three Oroville area K-8 school districts. While this project involves Butte County schools it is hoped it will serve as a model for other counties in Region 2.

Collective Impact is an approach to solving a social problem that relies on folks from different sectors to work together on a common agenda using a structured form of collaboration, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support. While each of the three school districts is active in this effort, we believe that improving arts education opportunities for students goes beyond school district responsibilities and efforts and requires communitywide support and involvement.

Highlights from our baseline data collection indicate agreement by administrators and teachers:

· The arts should be part of core curriculum

· Integrating more arts into the curriculum would help meet some of the challenges faced in classrooms

· The arts have a great deal of impact on students’ learning

· The arts increase students’ academic achievement, motivation, and self-management

The data revealed these gaps which will help direct our work in Year 2:

· Lack of professional development to support arts education

· Somewhat inadequate facilities to support arts education

· Students across districts are not receiving the same number of minutes of arts instruction

· Lack of a variety of arts disciplines

· Students across districts do not have access to arts experiences in school or in community venues

· Lack of instructional time for integrating the arts in classroom learning

· Lack of qualified arts specialists

· Low capacity among arts organizations to be involved in education


Sacramento County Office of Education

Dr. L. Steven Winlock, Regional Arts Lead

Sacramento County Office of Education



Alameda County Office of Education

Bernie Phelan, Regional Arts Lead

Alameda County Office of Education

Trauma Informed Healing Through the Arts

A Four-Part Series for Alameda County Educators

February 2nd will be our fourth and final installment of this series.

On September 23rd, 2022 ACOE hosted this kick-off, in person event at the Chabot Space and Science Center.  Twenty-four participants represented all grade levels, social workers, teachers, special education, and district staff.  Together they dedicated a full day of learning to key elements, approaches, and practical guidelines for therapeutic art education with students who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and trauma. Dr. McFarland facilitated the event and was a wealth of knowledge regarding not only applicable resources, but provided great insight to the field of art therapy as well.

Media Producer Fellowship:  Futures We Dream

Alameda County Office of Education and Arts2Work have filled 10 positions with creative students looking to explore storytelling and media arts as a career. In this Fellowship, students will create their own 1-2 minute short videos around the theme of Futures We Dream, inspired by the Smithsonian FUTURES exhibition currently on view in Washington, DC.

Alameda County Community History Project

The Alameda County Community History Project aims to engage students in the exploration of best practices to engage as community historians. They begin their exploration by focusing on the creation of oral histories that incorporate photo essays, cooking, music, and personal artifacts.

Through multiple sessions, teachers will build a toolkit for community asset mapping including the ways public art has been integrated into the community design. The teacher community will then participate in the Black Liberation Walking Tour that focuses on the architecture, urban design, and public artwork in West Oakland’s Hoover Foster neighborhood. The creators of the tour will spend an hour debriefing with participants how they shaped this kind of community project. 

Teachers will also be able to select several in person workshops including participation in the Ohlone café (cultural learnings through the culinary arts) and a tour of the Spanish colonial Peralta House. The last sessions are focused on teaching tools to integrate the student historical voices with experts in the field so that students can publish their findings which may be in the form of photo essays, their own mural expression, a website design, or an artifact for a time capsule. Finally, teachers will spend a planning session to think about how to integrate all of the material into their curriculum throughout the upcoming school year.

We are at capacity for sign-ups and are in full swing!


Santa Clara County Office of Education

Sofia Fojas, Regional Arts Lead

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Artspiration News

The Santa Clara County Office of Education is hosting a youth mariachi and ballet Folklórico Showcase at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

We are inviting youth mariachi and ballet Folklórico groups to apply to perform. Groups must be associated with a public school either as an in-school or after school program in one of the 32 districts in Santa Clara County.

Local groups have been chosen to perform! An announcement of the lineup will be made soon! Please see the clip of the headline mariachi group below:

Young Artist Showcase 2023!

The 2023 Young Artist Showcase is open for submissions! This showcase is open to public school students, grades Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, in Santa Clara County. Some students will have their artwork accepted into the permanent exhibit of student artwork located within the SCCOE campuses as well as showcased at the virtual Young Artist Showcase Celebration on May 9, 2023, celebrating Arts Education Month in California.​​

Awardees have the option of donating their original pieces to the collection. Releasing original artwork is not a requirement for this showcase. 

Submissions close on April 3, 2023.

Young Artist Showcase webpage:

Oak Grove 2022 Sessions

On November 1, Gena Pacade and Sofia Fojas led a successful session for Oak Grove School District teachers on arts and creativity and building cultural and linguistic capacities of students in the classroom. Teachers walked away with tools and tricks using the arts to build a welcoming learning space that honored students’ cultural capital.

Monterey County Office of Education

VAPA Collaborative Network

Come join the VAPA Collaborative Network for an opportunity to share promising practices and examine current trends in our efforts to support the CA Art Standards for grades TK – 12  Dance • Media Arts • Music • Theatre • Visual Arts


September 21, 2022:     3:30 – 5:00 pm

January 18, 2023:          3:30 – 5:00 pm

March 15, 2023:            3:30 – 5:00 pm

Registration Link:

The STEAM Collaborative Network will meet monthly with formal and informal educators, including local partners, to support teachers and administrators on a virtual platform. We will discuss and share resources and strategies for implementing Science, Educational Technology/Digital Learning, Engineering, Arts, and Math lessons with our PreK-12th grade students. Come join us as we collaborate and network to highlight promising practices needed for a high quality STEAM education!

Santa Cruz County Office of Education

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is sponsoring the following events in our county. In addition to these, we are partnering with Bookshop Santa Cruz to bring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to the Rio Theater on Sunday, February 5 at 5;00. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and young adult/kids author Nic Stone will be talking about their new book HOW TO BE A (YOUNG) ANTIRACIST.

Poetry Out Loud 2023!

We are invested in our Initiative highlighting Student Leadership & Voice. To support this effort, we are recruiting students for the following events. Mark your calendars for our countywide Poetry Out Loud event (flyer below.)

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Please Register at this Link: Poetry Out Loud Club Registration


DESMOS Global Art Contest

The Santa Cruz COE supports this Global Contest!

Banner with the text Desmos Global Art Contest 2022.

Who Can Enter | What Are We Looking For? | How Will We Select Graphs to Feature? | How To Submit Your Graph | Fine Print | Resources

Last year we received more than 10,000 submissions from more than 100 countries for our 2nd annual Global Math Art Contest. Each year, we’ve been amazed by the creativity and artistry of people from around the world. The Art Contest has inspired new features, pushed our technical limits, and motivated us to improve our calculator to be worthy of the incredible people who use it.

Three artistic graphs-

FashionTeens: A Program for Social and Environmental Activists


Audience: Middle and High School Students

Please complete application at:  FashionTeens Application

Steam Expo

Including the Invention Convention and FashionTeens: An environmental and socially conscious event!


Date: March 11, 2023

Time: 2:00 SHOWCASE

The Santa Cruz Symphony, Carnegie Hall, and the Santa Cruz COE bring you:

Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

Audience: 4-5th Grade Teachers, Teaching Artists, Administrators & Educational Leaders

Please contact Audrey at to register your school.

San Benito County Office of Education


Raft came to work with students at our alternative education schools on December 2nd. Over 100 students created and tested rockets as part of our STEAM and Arts Forward initiative to provide equitable project-based learning experiences for all students. 

SBC Court and Community Schools

On December 16th, students from our SBC Court and Community schools participated in a holiday party that included jewlery making, cookie decorating, a DJ, and even Santa Claus!

Holiday performances by 3rd grade students at Calaveras Elementary

Murals For the Rurals

The “Murals for the Rurals” Arts Forward project continues in 2022-2023. This is offered to our rural schools throughout the county through a collaborative partnership with the San Benito County Office of Education and the San Benito Arts Council. This mural project is designed to support students’ academic, social, and emotional health by building the capacity of our teachers to collaborate with teaching artists to provide relevant standards-aligned arts integration lessons that live both inside and outside the classroom walls. Teachers will use their content standards to drive collaborative projects, while CA Arts Standards will support them.
Panoche Elementary:

Arts Education Community of Practice

San Benito County has teamed up with our Region V Arts Education Community of Practice–and we are  growing! We are excited to see participants from each regional county at our monthly workshops sharing and collaborating to support a high quality equitable arts education for all students.

San Benito County Arts Council has expanded their 2022-2023 Arts in Education Program! They currently are serving over 5,000 students with 185 weekly art classes taught by local teaching artists.


Stanislaus County Office of Education

Amy Bultena, Regional Arts Lead

Stanislaus County Office of Education

  • Stanislaus COE is having three Arts Education Leadership Team Meetings
  • Stanislaus COE sends a monthly arts newsletter, published December and January and currently the February issue
  • Stanislaus COE is having two Youth Poet Laureate program development meetings.

Stanislaus COE is offering the following workshops:

  • Teaching Arts in Connection with History Social Science x 1
  • Visual Literacy Workshop x 1
  • Sketchnotes Workshop x 1
  • Spring Thing Arts Integration Workshop x 1
  • Winter Wonderland Arts Workshop x 1
  • SEL and Visual Art Module Workshop x 5
  • Science and Art Integration Workshops x 3
  • Art for Teacher Wellness Workshops x 8
  • Art for Court and Community Schools Students x 6
  • Art for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers x 1
  • Arts Standards and Framework for Music and Visual Art Teachers Workshop x 1



Tulare County Office of Education & Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Kate Stover & Aaron Bryan, Regional Arts Co-Leads

Fresno County Office of Education

Fresno County Visual Art Teacher PLC

On Nov. 15 the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools hosted the first Visual Art Teacher PLC for a small group of rural arts teachers. The teachers visited the Art Department at Sunnyside High School to look at the ways in which visual art is utilized across campus and talk with students about their experiences. They also engaged in artistic practices in downtown Fresno’s Mural District and finished off their day creating a collaborative art piece at the Fresno County Office of Education. This is a PLC that the FCSS Arts Education Department will replicate and expand in the 2023-24 school year.

Equity and Music Education

In early November, FCSS Arts Education Director Aaron Bryan, presented a session titled “At the Intersection of Music Education & Equity” at the national conference of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in National Harbor, Maryland. The session, co-presented with San Diego COE VAPA Coordinator Pauline Crooks, presented attendees with tools to support equity in all aspects of music education and the chance to have direct discussions around equity, culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, and designing for liberation.

Kings County Office of Education

Check out the January edition of the Kings County Arts in Action for more of the amazing arts taking place in schools throughout Kings County (

Madera County Office of Education


Mariposa County Office of Education

Mariposa County Office of Education/Mariposa County Unified School District has contracted with the Mariposa County Arts Council and Sierra Foothill Conservancy to develop and implement a place based, art + environmental spring and summer camp program. The program partners will bring together local naturalists, scientists, indigenous culture keepers and teaching artists to develop a scaffolded, integrated curriculum (TK-6) based on ecological systems and natural features present on local preserved landscapes near Mariposa Elementary School (Mariposa Creek Parkway), Greeley Hill Elementary (SFC’s Bean Creek Preserve), and El Portal Elementary (Wahhoga Village, Indian Cultural Center). These systems and features will be explored through scientific, cultural and artistic lenses and culminate in students’ individual or collaborative, site-specific, temporary public art projects and/or performances. Curriculum will be aligned to the California Art Standards, History-Social Science Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Merced County County Office of Education

  • Rolled out ECELA Arts Integration PD in Los Banos Unified School District
  • Produced “Disney’s The Lion King, KIDS!” at Romero Elementary School in Gustine
  • Begun production detail for “Disney’s Frozen, KIDS!” for Delhi Unified School District
  • Rolled out music integration PD for second-grade teachers in Merced City School District
  • Contracted with the Merced County Arts Council to produce Merced County’s Poetry Out Loud in January

Tulare County County Office of Education

Creativity Counts: Funding the Arts

 On January 27, 2023, the Tulare County Office of Education is hosting a free in-person informational meeting for district leaders highlighting strategies and best practices for implementing high-quality, standards-based, PK-12th grade arts instruction using federal, state, and local funding. Click HERE to learn more.

Museum Masterpieces – Youth Art Show

The Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE)  is honored to welcome their newest community partner – the Porterville Historical Museum (PHM). This collaboration was developed through the QUAIL Project – TCOE’s multi-year, federally funded, professional learning and community partnership initiative. The organizations are partnering on a new event – Museum Masterpieces – Youth Art Show. Museum Masterpieces is open to PreK-8th grade students from the small and rural school districts in the Porterville area. These are: Alta Vista – Ducor – Hope – Hot Springs – Pleasant View – Rockford – Saucelito – Springville – Strathmore – Sunnyside – Terra Bella – Woodville. Student 2D and 3D artwork will be on display in the Main Exhibit Hall of the Porterville Historical Museum (257 N. D Street, Porterville) throughout March for Arts Education Month, with an Opening Gala to honor the young artists on March 9 from 5:00-7:00pm at the museum. TCOE’s goal is to develop partnerships like this with other museums, galleries, and local businesses throughout Tulare County, providing young artists with an opportunity to see their artwork showcased in their towns and neighborhoods. Whether it’s a big city, small town, or rural community, we believe the arts are for everyone. For more information, contact Kate Stover – 

Poetry Live

The Tulare County Office of Education and the Arts Consortium (Tulare County’s Arts Council) are proud to present Poetry Live! This program is a new series of events that offers students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to not only recite poems written by great poets, but to write and recite their own original works as well. Poetry Live will feature three events that students can choose to participate in: Poetry Out Loud, Poetry Out Loud Junior and Poet’s Own Voice.

Poetry Out Loud is a national event for high school students (grades 9-12) and is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Students participating in this event will choose three pieces from the Poetry Out Loud archive to recite in front of a live audience. Participating schools will hold their own competition in December or early January. They will crown their school champion who will move on to the Tulare County Poetry Out Loud event and compete for the county title.

New this year, the Poetry Out Loud experience is being offered to middle school students (grades 6-8) in the Poetry Out Loud Junior event. Students participating in this event will choose three pieces from the Poetry Foundation archive of poems to recite in front of a live audience. Participating schools will hold their own competition in December or early January and send their school champion to county competition, where a student will be crowned the county champion.

The final event in the Poetry Live family is Poet’s Own Voice. This event is open to middle school and high school students (grades 6-12). There are two ways to participate. The first is a written event in which students submit five original works. Judges will determine the top piece from each student, as well as rank all pieces to determine the top three poems overall. In the showcase portion of the event, students can choose to recite their top original work in front of an audience. From the showcase event the first-ever Tulare County Youth Poet Laureate will be crowned. 

For more information on Poetry Live visit:


Ventura County Office of Education

Lisa Salas Brown & Brett Taylor, Regional Arts Co-Leads

Ventura County Office of Education

The Visual and Performing Arts Network is back. Brett Taylor has surveyed each district and charter to determine the lead representative. Brett is working with the local arts museums and performing arts centers to be guest members of the local network. The first meeting had 5 representatives from Ventura County LEAs. Next Network Meeting is January 31st. The State and Federal VCOE Team has also shared the advocacy opportunities to support the Arts with the block grant. Tools and resources have been shared with all district and charter leads aligned to accountability and instructional services. Our VCOE Student Competition in partnership with the Educational Services Branch created a LOGO contest for our student competition events. This information went out to all of our district and charter partners in both English and Spanish. There will be a student Art Display as part of the VCOE Equity Conference on March 7th 2023. Registration information will be shared soon.

2022-2023: Visual and Performing Art Leadership Network

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

January 31st: Registration Link

March 28th: Registration Link

Kern County Office of Education

Offers various Visual and Performing Arts Events for more information see booklet – 2022-23 Kern County Superintendent of Schools. Jamie Viveros has been in contact via email, we are working on a time when all can meet via Zoom or in-person. Jamie integrates the arts in STEAM work as a Science Coordinator for the county

Santa Barbara County Office of Education

Kai Tepper met with Lisa and James (VCOE) to discuss partnership opportunities for the 2022-23 school year. Zoom virtual opportunities and also some regional partnership with long standing partners from Children’s Creative Project. -New interview by Kai – Creativity at the Core: Take Five with Dr. Susan Salcido, Superintendent “Arts for all of our children” – October 18, 2022 – Wonderful video 

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

Currently waiting for a contact person at SLO. Brent Moser has retired and the hope is that he will continue as a support provider part-time for


San Diego County Office of Education

Pauline Crooks, Regional Arts Lead

Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE)


Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)

Congratulations to IUSD instrumental and music theory teacher, Ben Case who was named one of five California Teachers of the Year!

Anaheim Elementary School District (AESD)

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, AESD was the first district to host an Orange County Music and Arts Administrators (OCMAA) event for the 2022-23 school year. Their Superintendent, Dr. Christopher Downing, welcomed attendees and discussed their commitment to promoting a sense of belonging through arts education. Music Curriculum Specialist Mark Anderson discussed the strategic steps being taken as well as community partnerships to support full access to music education to all students including the district’s growing Mariachi music program. Visual Arts & History-Social Science TOSA Laura Houston gave an overview of the district’s community team, their plan and timeline for implementing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching in Visual Arts. She also gave some great examples of asset-based pedagogies in Visual Art that support students to feel a sense of inclusion. Images from this wonderful morning can be viewed here. Thank you AESD!

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)

Arts Education Twitter Chat

Join @PCrooks_VAPA, @VAPAJeannine,and arts education experts from across the state for a Twitter Chat every Wednesday from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. We are growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards and framework, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes. Whether you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before or are an expert, you can access the questions and learn how to join the conversation at the San Diego County Office of Education Visual and Performing Arts web page.   

Arts and Music Collab!

This introduction to a new Signature Series, which will guide potential teachers through the process of becoming credentialed and ready to launch their careers in arts education, was launched on November 10, 2022.  Presented in Partnership:  UC San Diego Extension at Park and Market, San Diego County Office of Education, and San Diego Unified School District, this launch event began with student performers who participated in masterclasses with arts educators as well as an address from  renowned artist Simon Silva. The afternoon began with a networking event, followed by a series of professional learning sessions on Becoming a Credentialed Teacher, Brain-Compatible Arts Learning, SDUSD Arts Education Project, The Joy of Fostering Equity in the Arts and What It’s Like to Teach the Arts in Schools. The event concluded with a discussion on the future of arts education and pathways into the profession with panels of experts. A focus on Postsecondary Education is scheduled for January and a Spotlight on Teaching Artists is planned for February.


Riverside County Office of Education

Louisa Higgins, Regional Arts Lead

Riverside County Office of Education

Student Events

Riverside County is underway on its various student arts events for the year.  In September, the “IF I SPEAK, WILL YOU LISTEN” Spoken Word competition yielded four finalists who performed at the Riverside County Office of Education’s Excellence Through Equity Conference, to an audience of @ 1,000 educators.  In December, the 2nd annual Teen Poet Laureate competition wrapped up with an awards reception at Riverside City Hall. Poets of Note read their work and the new Teen Poet Laureate for the 2022-23 school year was named.  Coming up, RCOE hosts the Fine Arts Spectacular, Honor Band, Honor Choir and the One Minute Fresh Film Festival.  Student artists from across the county have a variety of venues to shine!


RCOE followed up its successful launch event in September, with a Winter Meeting in November, which featured arts integration Dr. Merryl Goldberg of Cal State University, San Marcos.  To support districts further, a Prop 28 Bootcamp is taking place in January, followed by an Instructional Materials Forum in February.  Both of these events are designed to promote participation in the arts by all 23 districts in our county, while providing some of the tools and structures to make that happen.


Jeannine Flores, Regional Arts Lead

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Prop 28 Planning Boot Camp

In this interactive workshop format, participants will have an opportunity to SHARE ideas and surface questions and concerns, LEARN about opportunities and requirements for Prop 28 Funding, WORK with your district team to develop consensus around best approaches, and DEVELOP an action plan to roll out staffing and equipment needs for Prop 28 implementation.

Co-presented by Los Angeles County Office of Education and CREATE CA.

Date: February 10th

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, lunch provided

Location: Los Angeles County Office of Education Conference Center 

12830 Columbia Way, Downey CA 9024

Come unpack the promise of Proposition 28!  Your District Teams (i.e. VAPA Lead, TEAL Coach, Site Arts Lead, Administrators, Finance) will define best practices and identify action steps to utilize funding provided through Proposition 28 and the Instructional Materials Block Grant.

Participants will be guided to work through opportunities and challenges and create a targeted action plan to launch efforts toward increased staffing for access and equity in the arts.

Registration Link

Arts Education Funding for School Districts Webinar

Date: January 23, 2023

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Gather with school district arts coordinators and arts providers from across the County to hear the latest information regarding Prop 28 and the Instructional Materials Block Grant. We will explore implications for school districts, charters, and community arts organizations.

Jeannine Flores, Arts & STEAM Coordinator, LACOE and Chair, Create CA, will share updates on Prop 28 and the Arts, Music and Instructional Materials Block Grant and co-facilitate peer group break out discussions to consider next steps. This webinar is hosted by the LA County Arts Ed Collective.

More information and registration available here

Registration Link

The Very Special Arts Festival

Date: February 24, 2023

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center

The Music Center’s Very Special Arts Festival is an annual free, inclusive event celebrating the artistic achievements of students with all abilities. The festival features student and professional performances, visual and performing arts workshops and a student art exhibit created around a theme that is introduced to the students each year. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Very Special Arts Festival is open to all grade levels.

For more information and to register your school, visit:




The goals of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) are to provide leadership and high-quality services to school districts by:

  1. Supporting academic achievement and continuous improvement, with a focus on closing the achievement gap: Strengthen county office of education capacity to support districts, schools, and county programs in fully implementing State Standards and preparing for SBAC annual assessment in order to improve student achievement, with particular focus on under-served student populations, English learners, early learning, and college and career readiness.
  2. Developing collaborative leadership approaches that are future-focused, and responsive to changing conditions: Take steps to build strong working relationships with CDE and state leaders, with California County Superintendents Steering Committees, COE superintendents, and district leaders; seek collaborative approaches that support districts in their improvement efforts while continually building CISC’s internal leadership capacity.
  3. Addressing national initiatives: Provide leadership that supports California in developing and implementing plans to address federal initiatives, including Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and ESSA.
  4. Providing leadership for California initiatives impacting instruction and student achievement: Work in collaboration with CDE, state leaders and other key stakeholders and California County Superintendents steering committees to provide leadership in the areas of key statewide initiatives such as implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, Local Control Plans, the Quality Schooling Framework, and other statewide initiatives.
  5. Providing leadership for technology-based curriculum and instruction approaches: Work in coordination with other key stakeholders and California County Superintendents steering committees to provide leadership in areas related to technology and innovation including virtual schools and courses, online professional development resources and tools, electronic textbooks, and other technology-based areas that influence and accelerate teaching and learning,


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