The Marion Cilker Conference for Arts IN Education



The 10th Annual Marion Cilker Conference for Arts in Education will take place on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 and Friday, November 2nd. The conference features two separate days of professional development engaging about 450 pre-school to 8th grade teachers and pre-service teachers. The conference features standards-based workshops in the arts and arts integration. In the true spirit of the arts, our workshops exemplify creativity, excellence, and cultural inclusivity.

This conference is co-sponsored by Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.



On Saturday, October 27th, 2018, pre-school to 8th grade teachers are invited to attend the conference. The Conference is held in vibrant Downtown San Jose at local museums and arts venues. Sessions will be held at many different locations. Admission to all participating venues included for conference attendees. Registration is as low as $10 a teacher. See the SATURDAY page for details. NEW this year is the opportunity to attend TWO sessions at TWO venues!



On Friday, November 2nd, 2018, students in teacher education programs at San José State University participate in the conference held in various buildings across the campus. Registration is free for all SJSU students. Students will participate in two sessions plus a keynote speaker welcome.

See the FRIDAY page for details. (coming soon)


The Marion Cilker Conference aims to provide educators with dynamic, hands-on engagement strategies with master teachers and teaching artists in the visual and performing arts and art-integrated curriculum. The workshops offer the opportunity for participants to experience the arts, to discuss the arts standards addressed in the lessons, and to begin to make connections and applications to various subjects of their grade-level curriculum.

Marion Cilker Conference Goals are:

  • Demonstrate and engage participants in a dynamic, hands-on arts-integrated learning experience. Preference will be given to engaging, hands-on workshops.
  • Articulate and demonstrate explicit connections between the Visual & Performing Arts Standards, National Core Arts Standards, the California Common Core State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Incorporate learning, with particular emphasis on cultural inclusion.
  • Share effective instructional methods and strategies for high quality arts integration and assessment in the classroom
  • Provide workshop notes, lesson plan, and/or take-away resources for further exploration that will be posted online
  • Offer suggestions for ways in which the participant can apply and adapt their learning to meet the needs of their current and future students

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Sessions, Speakers, Venues, & Registration Information

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