Schedule subject to change.

FRIDAY, October 9th

4:30 pm:  CETA Social Hour with Kristen Bell

Come greet your fellow CETA members at this online “social hour” hosted by CETA President Michael Despars with special guest, actress Kristen Bell.

SATURDAY, October 10th

9:00 am: President’s Welcome, Annual Business Meeting and CETA Updates
Interpreted in ASL by Dane K. Lentz. If you would like to request specific sessions be interpreted, please email us.

9:30 am: Morning Keynote Speaker, Claudia Alick: “Producing With Positivity in Pandemic”
Interpreted in ASL by Dane K. Lentz.

10:15 am: Break

10:30 am:  Jack Mitchell:  Career Technical Education (CTE) Credential

11:00 am:  Dr. Eric Engdahl: CA Theatre Credential

11:30 am: Q & A with Eric and Jack

12:30 Lunch Break

1:00 pm:  Afternoon Keynote Speaker, Dr. Daphnie Sicre: Theatre, Pandemic and Pedagogy: Navigating Crisis
Interpreted in ASL by Dane K. Lentz.

1:45 pm:  Break

2:00 pm:      Allison Frenzel, CA Department of Education: “State of the Arts”

Advocacy Panel:  Moderated by CETA President Michael Depars and CETA Past-President Krista Carson Elhai.

3:15 pm:  Break

3:30 pm:  The CA Arts Project (TCAP):

Hot Off the Press–The 2020 California Arts Education Framework is Out!

An education in the arts—dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts—develops engaged, creative, expressive, responsive, and artistically literate citizens.” In this session, The California Arts Project introduces the new California Arts Education Framework highlighting its multiple approaches and considerations to support artistic literacy development in California students.  

4:15 pm:  Break

4:30 pm: The CA Arts Project (TCAP):  Spotlight Student Learning Utilizing the 2019 California Arts Standards

The 2019 California Arts Standards place student learning centerstage through performance-based standards.  Join the discussion and professional reflection as The California Arts Project highlights key structures, shifts, and instructional implications of the NEW California Arts Standards in Theatre.  

5:30 pm:  Social Hour and Meet the CETA Board

Join your CETA board to wind down the day with a beverage, and share “take-aways” and best practices! 

7:30 pm: JUST ADDED!  ComedySportz

It wouldn’t be the CETA Conference without some theatre. Enjoy a free ticket to the the longest-running show in Los Angeles!  Competitive improv theatre, now in your living room!

SUNDAY, October 11th

9:00 am – 10:15 am: Workshop Session 1

Session A. Kyle Holmes, David Taylor Gomes: Adjusting Theatre to Virtual Spaces

Session B.  Center Theatre Group & East Los Angeles College: Centering Community

Session C. Erik Stein:  Video Your Audition Like a Pro


10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Workshop Session 2

Session A. Kyle Holmes, David Taylor Gomes: Adjusting Theatre to Virtual Spaces

Session B.  Center Theatre Group & East Los Angeles College: Centering Community

Session C. Erik Stein:  Video Your Audition Like a Pro

Click here for workshop descriptions and bios.

Updates from the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Materials Division

2019 California Arts standards

The final publication version of the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards) has been posted on the standards web page at The publication version is in portable document format (pdf) and includes a Special Acknowledgements section with the names of the members of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee, publication ordering information, and hyperlinks to glossary terms. The Arts Standards may also be searched and cross referenced with other content areas using the Search the Standards Webpage at or using the mobile application available for download at Even when using the search platforms to find and review standards, the introduction to the standards that is only found in the PDF contains vital information for educators who are engaging in preliminary learning about the standards.

2020 Arts Framework

The State Board of Education-adopted pre-publication version of the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) supports the implementation of the 2019 Arts Standards. The framework chapters (adopted in July) are posted on the California Arts Education Framework page at The Arts Framework is being prepared for publication which includes the addition of special acknowledgements and other front matter and professional editing, and design. While the Arts Framework is being prepared for publication, educators can use the prepublication chapters to access the updated framework content.

2021 Instructional Materials Adoption

On September 22, the application period closed for Arts Education instructional materials reviewers. Applicants will be evaluated, then selected reviewers will be recommended to the Instructional Quality Commission at its November meeting. The State Board of Education will ultimately appoint reviewers at its January meeting. Selected participants will participate in a week-long training in April, with adoption deliberations to follow in July. The CDE will invite publishers to submit in late January.