CISC Arts Subcommittee Report: March-May 2023

Regional Highlights

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

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

Region 1

Humboldt County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Stacy Young

Humboldt County Office of Education

Humboldt County Office of Education had an incredibly successful spring! It launched with the Youth Arts Festival held at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA. 16 schools participated, the art was displayed for the entire month of March. There were performances by local musical theatre groups and poets. In March, HCOE facilitated the 66th All County Music Festival. 350 6th-12th grade students participated from Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Cook, and Mendocino Counties. Guest conductors ran 8 hours of rehearsal followed by a performance in 7 ensembles: Jazz Ensemble, Jr. and Sr. High Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras. The performances were held at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. Concerts are underwritten and no charge to attend. March concluded with the Creative Education Symposium (aka Region 1 Arts Forum) with keynote speaker Dr. Susie Wise, author of “Design for Belonging”. All participants received her book. Workshops included: Design for Belonging, Shadow Puppetry, Body Percussion, SEL through Movement, and Arts Integration Basics. Dr. Susie Wise then spent a week in 8 schools designing for belonging with students and staff. April was the annual Schools to Symphony in which 1500 students have 5 pre-lessons regarding symphonic music and then attend a show designed for students. In May, we held our final ArtSEL training for 87 teachers. The teachers participated in grade band units with arts integration, literature, and SEL. All teachers received classroom supplies to teach the lesson. By request, teaching artists will go into classrooms to co-teach the units. HCOE is developing an AME course for our Court and Community Schools with internships in our COE Communications Center and the local film commission. I am thrilled to introduce Lizzy Dostal, Arts Learning Specialist as the next Region 1 Lead. She will be a wonderful addition to this significant organization as I transition into other assignments. I am grateful for the many years and opportunities I have had as County and Region 1 Lead and will miss everyone greatly.

Region 2

Butte County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Jennifer Spangler

Butte County Office of Education
Dream Big Music Showcase Resumes

The Dream Big music festival that features Oroville area school bands resumed in March. This annual showcase of six school bands and the Butte County youth orchestra was suspended for three years due to the pandemic. Held at the 600 seat historic Oroville State Theatre, there was a two hour morning concert for elementary students that introduced them to the school band programs that will be available to them in future years. There was an evening fundraising concert that oversold this year to an over-capacity audience. The evening concert provides funding for the participating schools. This music festival is a joint project of In Tune Music Foundation, Oroville band programs and Butte County Office of Education.

Multiple County Arts Leads Collaborate to Plan for Prop 28 Bootcamp for Region 2

County arts leads from Trinity, Plumas and Butte met this spring to design a one day convening known as a “Prop 28 Bootcamp” that will be held on September 18 in Chico. The convening for school principals and district administrators will provide up to date information and resources on how to plan and utilize funds generated from The Arts and Music in Schools Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act which will be available in July 2023 and will provide ongoing funding for expanded arts education programs.

Art Exhibit for Mental Health Month

A joint project between Butte County Office of Education’s VAPA program and the Health and Wellness Team marked mental health month this May. Student projects combined Flash Fiction writings and media arts projects on the theme of mental health. Starting in January, Butte County high school teachers were invited to participate in the Flash Fiction writing project. Simultaneously students from the juvenile hall school supported by an artist in residence produced videos based on the Directing Change curriculum. Juvenile Hall students produced 14 short videos on topics ranging from homelessness, PTSD, addiction and depression. Text from the videos was superimposed over screen shots to create posters for a public exhibit. Flash fiction writings were made into table tents that were displayed at coffee shops and cafes.

Artists-in-the-Schools Projects Wrap up with Public Presentations

In a partnership with the Butte County Arts Council, BCOE artists were placed in four Oroville area schools this spring. There was no cost to the schools. A grant from the California Arts Council funds this program which will continue next school year. The schools are part of the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative that started last year with the goal to expand arts learning opportunities in three Oroville area k-8 school districts. The artist in residencies provided 10 classroom hours with a teaching artist and required a public exhibit or performance at the end of the residency.

Region 3

Sacramento County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Dr. L. Steven Winlock

Report Pending

Region 4

Alameda County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Bernie Phelan

Alameda County Office of Education
Media Producer Fellowship: Futures We Dream

   Our spring cohort of internships has come to a close and we are excited to share the culminating event. Come watch the films created by the Spring 2023 Cohort of the Futures We Dream Fellowship!
   The Futures We Dream Fellowship is a partnership between BAVC Media, the Alliance for Media Arts + Culture/ Arts2Work, and the Alameda County Office of Education. The Fellows have created their own short films based around the themes of Futures We Dream, inspired by the Smithsonian FUTURES exhibition previously on view in Washington, DC.
   There will be two amazing films screened at this event created by our Fellows, followed by a Q&A with each filmmaking team. Join us on Sunday May 21st from 11am-12pm at Landmark’s Piedmont Theatre. RSVP for free here.

STEAM Spotlight: Pixar Animation Studios

The Alameda County Office of Education, in collaboration with Earn & Learn, hosted a special virtual spotlight sector event in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) featuring special guests from Pixar Animation Studios. During this 90-minute session, our presenters shared their career journeys working in an iconic company including team dynamics and support, resources, and skills they’ve learned along the way to continue their personal growth. There were over 1100 attendees from 65 different campuses and organizations!

Region 5

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Sofia Fojas

Santa Clara County Office of Education
Artspiration News

The Partnership with SVCreates around the ArtsEdConnect Grant are being finalized this month. There are some great activities being done in classrooms! Our teachers are partnering with arts organizations in bringing arts to their students!

¡Viva El Mariachi Showcase!

We have some amazing photos (and a movie!) from the 2023 ¡Viva el mariachi! Showcase on Apr 5, 2023 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza at the School of Arts and Culture!
See the full concert.

2023 Young Artist Showcase

Over 100 pieces were submitted representing 14 districts. The Showcase took place online on May 9. The Best-in-Show awardee, Saanika Aradhye, a junior from Mountain View High School, was the keynote. The 2023 Young Artist Showcase has closed and the following pieces have been chosen for the 2023 People’s Choice Awards.

Monterey County Office of Education
MCOE Media Center for Arts Education and Technology (MCAET)

The MCAET is currently working on the amazing  Living Text Project that will include local students and artists working together to create an amazing production.

MCOE Early Education

MCOE’s Inclusive Early Education and Expansion Program (IEEEP) held an art show. On display was beautiful artwork by preschool children from various IEEEP Consortium partner sites

North Salinas High School: April 2023

NSHS and ROP students participated in SkillsUSA! Ms. Ghastin’s Graphic Design students  have been working tirelessly for this, and participated in the field of Advertising Design. North Salinas High School Performance showcase featured dance, band, vocal performances for all to enjoy.

Mcoe ELP Hartnell Steam Academy Breaks Ground
SOR Dream Big Academy
Earth Month

Earth Month is a time to raise environmental awareness and create consciousness around the issues affecting our planet as seen in many of the art displays from our Early Learning Program students. @mcoeelp

Mary Chapa Academy offers a Family Art Night: April 2023
Santa Cruz County Office of Education

The Santa Cruz COE has some amazing opportunities for our community.We celebrated our first class of scholars from UCSC who participated in the ArtsBridge program. A collaboration between the Santa Cruz COE and UCSC, 12 students worked in classrooms this semester bringing dance, printmaking, photography and film-making to our students. Dean Celine Parreñas Shimizu addresses these future teachers.

Youth Artists Taking Action
Santa Cruz Shakespeare Student Matinees (Student Opportunity)

Due to increased demand we have added an additional performance to our Student Matinee Week of Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will! Santa Cruz Shakespeare is excited to offer our annual Student Matinee Week Program in August of 2023!

During the final week of our 2023 Season, our professional production of “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Book of Will” will remain open for four student-only matinee performances running from August 22-25. These 10am matinees are for students and their chaperones only, and include a post-show discussion with the actors after each performance. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every single high school student in Santa Cruz County has seen a live, professional Shakespeare production by the time they graduate! Tickets are free for Title I schools, and only $10 per student for all others, with additional limited ticket and travel subsidies. Plus, we will provide a free adult chaperone ticket for every 15 students who attend.
Performance Dates:
“The Book of Will” on Tuesday, August 22 at 10AM
“The Taming of the Shrew” on Wednesday, August 23 at 10AM
“The Taming of the Shrew” on Thursday, August 24 at 10AM
“The Taming of the Shrew” on Friday, August 25 at 10AM
Sign up for our Student Matinee Week by filling out this form.

Arts Education Community of Practice (Educator Opportunity)

Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito & Monterey County Offices of Education are co-hosting the Summer Arts Education Institute. Join us for a region-wide sharing of ideas and inspirations!
Audience: Teachers, Teaching Artist, Administrators, High School and College Students

Bring Classical Music Into Your Classroom
  • No cost and no teacher preparation
  • Support for students’ Social Emotional Learning: Listening to Music
  • 5 minutes/day
  • Easy to access online
  • Ready to start? APPLY HERE
    Need more information? Contact Audrey Sirota, COE Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator or Lee Duffus, Symphony  Volunteer CMC Coordinator
San Benito County Office of Education
K-12th Grade County Arts Showcase

On April 10th, the SBCOE hosted it’s annual K-12th grade County Arts Showcase. Over 1800 pieces of art were on display. There was also poetry and music recitals, student dance and theater performances, and interactive arts experiences for students and their families.

Celebrating Earth Day

On April 22nd, Earth Day was celebrated in Hollister with a community festival including student artwork, student dance performances, and interactive arts and environmental activities!

Forest of Mind Art Show

Hollister High School Art teacher, Christina Ross hosted a student art show on March 17th. Here is the video created by her student (Eden DeAlba) who reports for the Benito Link and here’s the article she wrote promoting the event. This image is the poster students created for the event. 

Region 6

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Amy Bultena

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Stanislaus County Office of Education reports the following activities for March through May:

  • March SCOE Arts Newsletter
  • April SCOE Arts Newsletter
  • May SCOE Arts Newsletter
  • STEAM Integration
  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade
  • Arts Integration for Transitional Kindergarten x 2
  • Trauma Informed Art Workshop
  • Sketchnotes Workshop
  • SpEd Hands On Art x2
  • Art for Wellness for Educators x 4
  • Art for Wellness in Alternative Ed HS x4
  • Art for Wellness in Alternative Ed MS x4
  • Art for Wellness in Juvenile Justice Settings x4
  • Arts Standards Workshop
  • Maker Hoopla
  • Writing and Teaching Integrated Art Units
  • STEAM Hub COP Stanislaus & San Joaquin COEs
  • SEL and Visual Art Workshop
  • Arts & Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Universal Design for Learning for Art
  • Arts Education Leadership Team Meeting x2
  • Student Art Showcase
  • Student Art Showcase Reception

Region 7

Tulare County Office of Education & Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Regional Arts Co-Leads - Kate Stover & Aaron Bryan

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
The Hwy 99 Arts + SEL Summit

On March 2nd, Fresno County played host to the reignition of Region 7’s annual convening, celebrating the arts and social emotional learning! The Clovis Veteran’s Memorial District served as a wonderful venue for creativity, connection, and rejuvenation. The theme for 2023 was “Storytelling: Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” and the day centered around the ways in which we can help our students tell their stories in and through the arts. The day featured student artwork from all 6 counties in Region 7 plus special performances from Balico Taiko (Merced County), Central High Folklorico (Fresno County), and a very special performance and message from Fresno-based singer-songwriter Omar Naré and Flamenco dancer Jasmín La Caris.

heARTbeat 2023: New Perspectives

Each year, in celebration of Arts Education, FCSS hosts our annual student art exhibition. This year, we continued with our photography exhibition and encouraged students to use their lens to explore new ways of viewing the world around them. “heARTbeat 2023: New Perspectives” opened at the K-Jewel Art Gallery in Downtown Fresno on March 24th with a celebration of the student-photographers and the teachers who guide them. Check out images from this year’s exhibition.

The FCOE Lobby Concert Series

Begun in 2022, the FCOE Lobby Concert Series invites music students and ensembles from across Fresno County to showcase their hard work and skill in a unique setting at the Fresno County Office of Education. This annual event featured weekly concerts from students across Fresno County Fridays in March. Featured performers in 2023 included Rowan Crass on violin representing Edison High School & The Simba School of Music, Mariachi León from Kerman High School, the RSA Steel Pan Band from the Roosevelt School of the Arts, and the Advanced Strings from Computech Middle School. Check out images from the 2023 Lobby Concert Series.

Kings County Office of Education

Check out the May edition of “Kings County Arts in Action” for more of the amazing arts taking place in schools throughout Kings County visit here.

Mariposa County Office of Education
  • In March, Mariposa County Arts Council staff, Clay River, and Mariposa County Office of Education consultant, Cara Goger, presented at the Highway 99 Art Summit in Clovis on how visual arts instruction is being leveraged in Mariposa to help healing processes in at-risk, homeless youth in Mariposa.
  • Over spring break, Mariposa County Unified School District worked with Mariposa County Arts Council and Sierra Foothill Conservancy to pilot a place-based Art + Environmental Education Day Camp program with ELOP funds. This program took place along the Mariposa Creek, a preserved landscape in the center of the town of Mariposa and focused on the riparian ecology and indigenous lifeways at work along the creek. The spring camp was a huge success and we are gearing up for a full 5 weeks of similar programming this summer.
Tulare County Office of Education
Rural Work on the National Stage

TCOE Arts Consultant Kate Stover was honored to present at the US Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts Education Grant Project Directors’ Annual Conference in Washington D.C. at the end of March. Fellow arts program grantees from 12 different states attended her session, “Creativity and Collaboration in Rural Communities.” Grounded in Creativity at the Core Module 21, the workshop focused on real strategies for building cross-sector partnerships, highlighting work happening with several local agencies in Tulare County. The session also detailed the arts education journey Tulare County has undergone over the last five years from developing a countywide Arts Master Plan, to establishing CreateTC – the county arts coalition, to being awarded the DOE’s AAE grant for their program The QUAIL Project.

Student Art Exhibition Best of Show Honors Awarded

Over 200 Tulare County students were recognized with Best of Show honors in this year’s virtual Student Art Exhibitions. Held in conjunction with Arts Education Month and open to students in grades PK-12, the annual exhibitions showcase the county’s young artists. The virtual gallery features over 650 hand-drawn and digital works, photographs, and sculptures from 47 Tulare County schools. From the 656 submissions, judges selected 236 works for Best of Show honors. Students, educators, and community members are invited to visit the gallery to see the pieces selected, which are organized into smaller galleries by school. 

Region 8

Ventura County Office of Education

Regional Arts Co-Leads- Lisa Salas Brown and Brett Taylor

Ventura County Office of Education

On May 17th and 18th VCOE will host its first Visual and Performing Arts Showcase, featuring Visual and Performance art from students across Ventura County. The opening reception will feature performances from Westlake High School Choir, Channel Island High School Folklórico Dance, and Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Orchestra. The 18th will be open for Visual Art Gallery Walk for the public to view a variety of student art. If anyone would like to attend please RSVP.

Region 9

San Diego County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Pauline Crooks

San Diego County Office of Education

   County-wide planning to support schools in implementing new arts education opportunities for all students through funding from Proposition 28 has been taking place. Three school districts in San Diego County are currently creating new strategic arts education plans and several others are calendaring this work for the fall. The Arts Education Resource Organization has continued to host Lunch & Learn events to support connections between teaching artists, arts organizations, and county school districts.
   Representatives from organizations throughout San Diego County have been coming together to discuss how to best support school site leaders, teachers, and districts through existing services and resources as well as beginning to identify what may be needed as we move forward. Our Institutes of Higher Learning, School Districts, Arts Organizations, City and County Commissions, Artists, Creative Youth Development Organizations, and Foundations have been gathering for collaborative conversations and listening sessions. The focus on utilizing this funding as an opportunity to create and sustain arts education programs that are engaging, meaningful, and culturally relevant for all students is inspiring.
   Arts Empower San Diego held the 4th Ovation Awards on April 25, 2023 to recognize and honor individuals and organizations that are working to ensure every student in San Diego County is engaged in a personally relevant, equitable, standards-based arts education. 14 individuals were honored at the event and more than 75 students shared their art with the audience.

Orange County Department of Education

   In March we engaged in strategic planning with Institutions of Higher Education, Community Arts Partners and district arts leaders from across Orange County had a wonderful discussion and will continue revising our new draft plan in May. In May we are holding our student and teacher receptions for the 2023 OCArts4All Student Art Showcase. This year will feature a Film Reception and screening at Festival of Arts, a 2D Reception and display at Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza, a 3D Reception and display at Vanguard University and a Teacher Reception at Laguna Art Museum. Some selected artwork will continue for display over the summer at Festival of Arts in Laguna and at the MTSS Professional Learning Institute at the Anaheim Convention Center.
   OCDE is partnering with CreateCA and Arts Orange County to bring the Arts Now Communities program to Orange County. This is a great opportunity for community members to partner with their local school districts to support arts education. In May this network will meet to review Prop 28 and plan for next year’s advocacy efforts. If you would like more information, please contact Shanin Ziemer.
   Each month OCDE hosts collaborative meetings with arts organizations to support strategic arts partnerships. In March, April and May, this group met with representatives from Arts Orange County, the Huntington Beach Union High School District and the Santa Ana Unified School District. In May this group will meet with the Lowell Joint School District.

Region 10

Riverside County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Louisa Higgins

Riverside County Office of Education

Once again, it has been a busy spring at the Riverside County Office of Education. We are keeping very active in working with districts on Arts Standards and Framework training and support for Strategic Arts Plans and Prop 28 planning. We are also currently planning a Prop 28 session up in Mono/Inyo thanks to the additional funding provided.
Four of our eight signature arts events for high school students culminated in the Spring, including Honor Band, Honor Choir, the Fine Arts Spectacular and the One Minute Fresh Film Festival.

  • Arts Now Spring Meeting- Topic: Cultural Relevance in the Arts with Guest Speaker, Dr. Charles Brown
  • Fine Arts Spectacular (3rd year)
  • Lecturer at Cal State San  Bernardino, on Arts Integration
  • Moreno Valley USD Strategic Plan participant
  • RCOE Honor Band (2nd year)
  • RCOE Inaugural Honor Choir
  • RCOE Inaugural One Minute Fresh Film Festival
  • Standards/Framework trainings for Riverside USD

Region 11

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Regional Arts Lead- Jeannine Flores

Los Angeles County Office of Education
Teal Highlights

   The Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Center for Distance & Online Learning (CDOL) continues its journey to engage, support, and give voice to our learning communities through the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) project. Through our arts-integration professional learning opportunities braided with MTSS, customized coaching sessions, virtual office hours, innovative online modules and resources, and engaging teaching artists, TEAL has helped teachers build the knowledge and skills to embed the arts into classroom curriculum ultimately improving both academic and social-emotional outcomes for students.
   Both TK-8 pre-service and in-service educators are served by this project. TEAL seeks to redress the minimal attention that arts education has received in the public school curriculum by delivering engaging and practical professional learning and building the confidence and skills teachers need to use effective arts integration. For students, families, and community members, TEAL provides opportunities to come together and engage in culturally inclusive arts education activities that incorporate evidence-based strategies which can lower the affective filter nurturing the development of cognitive and social competencies supporting academic achievement.
   This year, TEAL offered multiple professional learnings: Foundational TEAL and Advanced TEAL. Foundational TEAL focused on those that are new to the TEAL with the goal of increasing students’ equitable access to the arts by expanding TK-8th teachers’ capacity to provide culturally inclusive integrated arts instruction which centers on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and anti-racist pedagogy, for all students. Advanced TEAL focused on those participants who have implemented TEAL strategies for a minimum of two years.
   In addition to professional learnings, TEAL also had multiple coaching sessions where participants engaged in live question and answer opportunities with TEAL content experts:
1) Multi-Tiered Supports and Interventions for Culturally Responsive Arts Integration & Social Emotional Learning
2) Supports for TEAL Leadership Teams & Arts Education Funding-Prop 28
3) Engaging Families and Community in Culturally Relevant Arts Integration & Social Emotional Learning.
For more information on TEAL, please visit the Teal website.

The Very Special Arts Festival

  On Friday, April 21st, The Music Center’s 44th Very Special Arts Festival hosted K-12 students from across Los Angeles county. This is an annual free and inclusive event celebrating the artistic achievements of students with all abilities. The festival features professional and student performances, visual and performing arts workshops, and a student art exhibit created around a theme that is introduced each year. This year’s theme was “The Arts Heal L.A.”
  The Festival was presented in partnership with The Music Center, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). LACOE provided accommodations for hearing-impaired students and arts integrated lesson plans that teachers can use before or after the festival. LA County Board Supervisor Hilda Solis welcomed the students and adults to the event.

ECELA in Merced

  In April 2023, Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) worked with the Merced County Office of Education to support the Engaging California English Learners through the Arts (ECELA) Coaches Training for the Los Banos Unified School District. Coaches from each school site attended the in-person session to support ELD standards and literacy through visual arts strategies. Visual arts strategies such as Visual Thinking Strategies, See-Think-Wonder and Question Formulation Technique were emphasized for ELD students in grades K through 6.
  The ECELA project is a federal grant awarded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) to LACOE’s Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) and Multilingual Academic Support (MAS) units. The ECELA Project provides research and evidence-based professional development (PD) and family literacy programs that integrate arts in the content areas with strategies that increase literacy for English Learners (ELs) and support Social Emotional Learning (SEL). ECELA will provide a PD program to support improvement in classroom instruction for ELs. In addition, this project creates greater equity and inclusion for ELs to participate in the arts aligned with the California (CA) English Learner Roadmap.

CISC/Arts Subcommittee Members

Curricular and Improvement Support (CISC) Arts Subcommittee

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

California County Superintendents Arts Initiative

Letty Kraus, 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

Curricular and Improvement Support Committee (CISC) Goals


The goals of the Curricular and Improvement Support 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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