Professional Development & Student Showcases
The Santa Clara County Office of Education hosts professional development in the following ways:
a. The Marion Cilker Conference for Arts Education held annually in the Fall (November 15/16, 2013) for preservice and inservice teachers. The day-long conferences are planned and implemented through an amazing partnership with San Jose State University’s Lurie College of Education. Check our website for registration information under “educators.”
b. The Arts In Your Classroom Conference is held annually in the Spring (tentatively March 31, 2014) for preservice teachers, inservice teachers, teaching artists, parents, and the community. This event is held with San Jose State and the Montalvo Arts Center. Check our website for more information under “educators.”
c. Professional development on our Artrageous program (visual arts aligned to Common Core Standards) is held for any interested school district, parent group in a district, and after school provider. The program lessons can be viewed on our website under “Artrageous”Â and include lesson plans and “how to”Â videos.
d. Specialized professional development can be created for schools, districts, arts organizations, after school providers, and more. If you have a need, we can generally meet it. This includes training in the visual arts, theatre, dance, music, arts integration, the Common Core State Standards, literacy and the arts, the arts and their benefits for English Learners, the arts and technology, and more. Let us know and we can customize a training for a low/no cost.
e. We host the annual Young Artist Showcase for preK-12th grade public school students in Santa Clara County. Entries of visual art pieces are accepted from February – April each school year and is a competitive process with community judging from experts in both education and the arts. The artwork selected becomes part of the Young Artist Showcase’s permanent collection housed at the Santa Clara County Office, the nation’s largest adjudicated public school art collection. Go to our website and check it out under “Students.”