Creativity at the Core is a suite of professional learning modules focused on an array of topics related to implementing standards-based arts education. Regional Arts Leads from county offices of education and key arts organization partners collaborated on these materials which can be customized for use in educational and professional learning settings.

By Focus Area
By Focus Area
Dance fitness

Equipping K-6 teachers with an understanding of Common Core and Dance Standards to promote Arts Integration.

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Providing district and school leaders and teachers of K-8 students an opportunity to explore integration of arts education through The Music Center's online Artsource.

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Focusing on the 4 C's as they relate to the Common Core State Standards, text complexity and the value of teaching students to read closely in English Language Arts and the Arts.

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Using Studio Thinking Frames to deepen student learning for our most at risk and underserved students, and providing concrete strategies for using the arts as an engagement and equity tool.

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Offering powerful classroom instruction delivery model designed to increase student engagement and classroom participation at a 21st century level.

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Bringing together classroom teachers and teaching artists to deepen their understanding of the arts disciplines, Common Core Standards, and 21st century skills to enhance instruction.

Dance Fitness

Developing standards-based arts integrated unit plans and materials for both teachers and artists.

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Developing skills of inquiry to build disciplinary and arts knowledge in grades 3-8 through active inquiry.

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Learning in and through theatre to support the development of 21st century skills, including creativity, innovation and creative thinking.

Fitness dance

Refreshing and deepening dance content through curricular best practices, sharing ideas, and sharing resources to implement Dance Content Literacy and the Common Core for Technical Subjects.

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Deepening understanding of arts integration and how it can work with Common Core through assessment strategies.

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Module 12 will provide education leaders at every level practical skills and tools to establish sustainable arts education programming in schools.

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Providing the theoretical basis and strategies for integrating theatre and literacy to strengthen skills in academic disciplines to create a strong balanced curriculum for English Learners.

Elementary Students

Connecting the arts processes with the Visual and Performing Arts Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

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Making connections between reading and the arts and Common Core English language texts.


Creating an innovative CTE Pathway in the video making process from pre-production, production, and post-production.


Focusing on introducing educators to the Arts & Media standards involved in Career Technical Education (CTE).


Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through the lens of creative reuse and the environment.


Using music as a lens through which we view the historical and cultural connections of people around the world and within our own communities


Expanding access to music education and integration for students in Grades TK-6 with diverse abilities through Universal Design for Learning.

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Providing resources and tools to understand the unique landscape of rural areas and showcasing ways to promote high quality, standards-based arts education by linking students, families, and communities.


Providing educators with an introduction to the California Arts Standards structure and purpose as well as the opportunity to do a deep study into one or more arts disciplines.


Providing foundational skills and resources focused on various media art forms through arts integration professional learning for elementary and integrated classrooms.


Providing a model for integrating Visual Arts and History Social Science including six integrated units and resources meeting the rigor of Visual Arts and History/Social Science standards.


Using the Arts as a lens through which we view the importance of cultural and linguistic connections and providing strategies and resources to deepen instructional practices connecting ELD and Arts standards-based learning

African American kids drawing and painting

Using the Arts as a lens through which we view the importance of cultural and linguistic connections and providing strategies and resources to deepen instructional practices connecting ELD and Arts standards-based learning

The California County Superintendents Arts Initiative thanks and acknowledges the Current and Past Sponsors, Founding Partners, and Leadership Advisory Members that provided the support and foundational work that made possible the development of this collection of professional learning modules.

Current and Past Sponsors

  • The California Arts Council
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The Stuart Foundation

Founding Partners

  • The California Department of Education (CDE)
  • The California Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE)
  • Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Initial Creativity at the Core Leadership Advisory Members who helped shape the program:

  • Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA
  • Fred Dobb, Consultant
  • Teresa Lenihan, Loyola Marymount University
  • Mary Rice, CDE
  • Carrie Roberts, CDE
  • Francisca Sánchez, Consultant
  • Patty Taylor, Consultant
  • Gary Waddell, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education