California Arts Leaders Launch New Initiative Linking Creativity and the California State Standards
Free online professional learning modules are available for educators across the state through Creativity at the Core, an initiative of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), funded by the California Arts Council and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Arts and education experts from across California have developed an innovative series of online arts training resources for educators. Through the Creativity at the Core initiative, free online professional learning modules support 21st Century learning for California’s diverse students through a focus on powerful arts teaching and learning. These modules build on and support the visual and performing arts with the California State Standards, including the Common Core.
Materials in each module include presentations, handouts, research, and information on relevant standards — all available for FREE download. A range of art forms and grade levels are covered. Each module was created in a collaborative process by a regional team involving teachers, teaching artists, arts educators, and key arts organization partners.
The modules will be introduced this week at a three-day institute for educators, hosted by Loyola Marymount University.
It is no surprise that the Creativity at the Core initiative was recently hailed by the Huffington Post as an “exciting and promising effort...” that should “ignite the awareness of other states and the nation and hopefully lead to a renaissance in education."