Arts Initiative

The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) believes that every student needs and deserves a high-quality education in the arts, including the subject areas of dance, music, theater, and visual arts as part of a comprehensive curriculum.
The CCSESA Arts Initiative, sponsored by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Stuart Foundation, is taking a leadership role in providing support, technical assistance, and services for teachers, administrators, and parents. The CCSESA Initiative is designed to build capacity and provide continued support to schools and districts by offering a full complement of services utilizing the statewide county office of education infrastructure.

Under the grant, county superintendents work with the business community and the arts community to begin a systemic state (research, resources, support) and local (data gathering, education, courses of study, and professional development) approach to bringing the arts into the classroom at every grade level.

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Counties on the Move Toward Arts Education for All Students – Publication Available HERE

CCSESA is pleased to release the new publication of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Arts Teaching and Learning in Action: Strategies that Increase Student Engagement and Achievement. This publication is a result of a yearlong process undertaken by the CCSESA Arts Initiative and the CISC Regional Arts Leads who serve on the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee/Visual and Performing Arts Subcommittee. This committee is chaired by Dr. Gary Waddell, Deputy Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education and Lisa Tiwater, Assistant Superintendent, Stanislaus County office of Education. Through generous funding from the Stuart Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, this publication is part of CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Initiative in recognition of the transformative power of the arts in the lives of our students as they develop critical thinking skills and capacities that ensure success in our complex, multifaceted, globalized world.  To download the publication, click HERE. 

Staff Contact:

Sarah Anderberg
Director of the CCSESA Arts Initiative
1121 L Street, Ste. 510
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-3095