California

The Coalition on Coalitions (CoCs) supports NAMM members and their networks working on state-level music and arts education advocacy efforts. The California network provides tactics, resources and best practices to move and improve state-level policies, funding and advocacy for music and arts education.

State Profile

To customize your state profile to reflect the current education advocacy partnerships in your state, please contact Jessica Cortez.

Updates

California Music Education Advocacy Action Alert: Public Comment Period on ESSA State Plan Draft

The California Department of Education and the State Board of Education have begun the public comment period on California’s Draft Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan. All members of the public are encouraged to review the Phase IV Draft ESSA State Plan Public Comment Toolkit, which includes the complete draft plan, videos explaining the contents of the plan, facilitator instructions, and the public comment survey.

During the public comment period, CDE staff is collaborating with county offices of education (COEs) and education organizations to host regional and online stakeholder meetings to review the contents of the draft State Plan and the public comment process. Below you will find information for regional stakeholder meetings, including links to registration.

As you attend the ESSA Stakeholder Meetings in your area, please refer to the following specific recommendations supplied by the Stand Up 4 Music CA Coalition:

  • We recommend including from each high school, the percentage of students completing UC/CSU A-G Requirements into the formula to measure College/Career Readiness. This will help quantitatively measure the number of students receiving a “Well-Rounded Education” in order to prepare our students for College and Career, allowing the Equity Gap to be measured more accurately, particularly among those school districts with a high number of Title I schools.
  • We support the inclusion of Implementation of Academic Standards in the Local Indicators of the Dashboard. This supports all students to receive instruction in ALL Academic Standards including the CA Visual and Performing Arts Standards and not just in ELA, Math and Science. The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement. As part of the school’s Equity Report in the CA School Dashboard, high schools and districts are measured by College/Career Readiness. The College/Career Readiness measure uses 11th grade state testing results (SBAC/CAASPP tests).

Below you will find information for regional stakeholder meetings, including links to registration.

June 5
9–11 a.m.

Stanislaus County Office of Education
1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Stanislaus County Registration

June 7
6–8 p.m.

San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111-7319

San Diego PM Registration

June 8
9–11 a.m.

San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111-7319

San Diego AM Registration

June 12
10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Alameda County Office of Education
313 West Winton Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544

Alameda County Registration

June 14
6–8 p.m.

Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Hwy - EC 281
Downey, CA 90242

Los Angeles PM Registration

June 15
9–11 a.m.

Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Hwy - EC 281
Downey, CA 90242

Los Angeles AM Registration

June 21
3–4:30 p.m.

Webinar

June 21 Webinar Registration

June 24
10–11:30 a.m.

Saturday Webinar

June 24 Webinar Registration

NAMM Member Contacts

David Jewell
Yamaha Corp of America
djewell@yamaha.com
Twitter: @YamahaCorpUS

Barbara Wight
Taylor Guitars
Barbara.Wight@taylorguitars.com
Twitter: @TaylorGuitars

State Music & Arts Organizations

Arts Education Data Project Interactive Dashboard for California 

California Music Educators Association

California Arts Council 

California Alliance for Arts Education

Californians for the Arts

California Arts Advocates

Resources

Coalition on Coalitions NAMM Member Resources

Coalition on Coalitions Dashboard, The CoCs dashboard on NAMM.org, serves as a nexus of information regarding specific state-focused music education advocacy efforts.  The dashboard features a thumbnail summary of action alerts, status updates, NAMM Member contacts, and state-specific resources for active state coalitions in various stages of network.

Advocacy and Issue TrainingLive and recorded webinars are available to connect, assist and advise NAMM members about current opportunities and ongoing state-specific efforts. 

State Advocacy Opportunities, Regularly updated information regarding needed state-advocacy action.  As an example: State education associations are holding “listening tours” across the U.S. in town hall-style meetings and/or they are accepting input by email or via web-based surveys. Action is needed now to ensure that every student in your state benefits from new opportunities in music education.

State Coalition Bootcamp at The 2017 NAMM Show, This half-day workshop was held on Tuesday January 17 and provided state coalition teams with hands-on advocacy training. Listen to audio files here: 

  • State Level Advocacy: What’s Happening and What’s Next. Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Audio recording.
  • ESSA Update. Lynn Tuttle, NAfME. Audio Recording. Audio Recording.
  • Advocacy at the Grassroots. Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us Nashville. Audio Recording.

Coalition on Coalitions Forum at The 2017 NAMM Show, This meeting was held on Friday, January 20 and provided an overview of current policy opportunities and updates on state activity featuring updates from NAMM Member state coalition leaders. Listen to audio files here: 

  • AFTA Resources and How to Advance Arts-friendly Policies in Education. Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Audio Recording.
  • Federal Education Policy and ESSA. Lynn Tuttle, NAfME. Audio Recording.
  • Policy Work at the Local Level. Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us Nashville. Audio Recording.
  • Arts Education Partnership: Tools and Resources . Jane Best, Arts Education Partnership. Audio Recording.

Coalition on Coalitions at 2017 Summer NAMM, This meeting was held on Friday, July 14 and featured a panel discussion, national updates, and state team reports. Listen to audio files here:

Coalition on Coalitions Forum at The 2018 NAMM Show, This meeting will be held on Friday January 26 and will provide an overview of current policy opportunities and updates on state activity featuring updates from NAMM Member state coalition leaders. Open to all NAMM Show attendees. RSVP link coming soon.

NAMM Advocacy Resources

National Partner Resources

Americans for The Arts, Arts Services Directory for California