Summit XVII Goals
Participants will leave Summit XVII with
- an understanding of the expectations in the revised Fine Arts TEKS;
- familiarity of some of the hottest topics in education and how these might apply to fine arts classrooms;
- online access to TEKS side-by-side comparison charts, 21st Century Skill maps, and the new Resource Guide and Toolbox;
- a redesigned lesson applying and synthesizing the learning throughout the summit;
- a minimum of twelve case study examples that make the strategies and techniques discussed in the sessions concrete and relevant; and
- new/revitalized connections with colleagues from across the state and across the arts.
Each session at Summit XVII will use a combination of presentation strategies; presenters will share their own research and ideas, involve participants in discussions and activities, and will showcase a variety of case studies within each topic. Presenters have curated the case studies from those submitted by exemplary fine arts instructors throughout Texas. Each showcases real projects, programs, and strategies from actual fine arts classrooms. Attendees will have access to all of the case studies, 21st Century Skill documents, and TEKS side-by-sides as part of a Resource Guide and Toolbox that will be housed on the CEDFA website.
Session 1: Instructional Pathways to Personalized Learning in the Fine Arts
In this session, we will explore how to tailor your fine arts instruction to meet the needs of all students. We will use the revised TEKS to gauge where students are in their development and what they need in order to grow, and discuss how to personalize instruction in large classrooms full of diverse learners. Presenters will engage participants through hands-on activities as well as sharing case studies depicting programs and projects collected over the year.
Session 2: Technology Infusion for the Fine Arts Classroom
In the first session, participants explored how technology can help personalize instruction. During this session, participants mix technology into every aspect of the teaching process. This approach, referred to as technology “infusion,” goes beyond mere integration, and touches all facets of teaching from content knowledge and technological knowledge to pedagogy. Case studies in this session will explore apps, frameworks, model programs, and other initiatives that aim to “infuse” technology into the fine arts classroom in such a way as to promote creativity, higher-order thinking, collaboration, and performance in the arts.
Session 3: Design Thinking Across the Arts, and in the Real World (or the Importance of Student-designed Learning Experiences)
Building onto both Sessions 1 and 2, this session will explore the impact of design thinking on the educational landscape and the necessity of student ownership of both the learning process and outcomes. When students design their own learning, it is more relevant and they experience deeper creative growth, push themselves further, and connect meaningfully with the world around them. With a foundation of cultural and historical references, students can learn to see themselves as part of a lineage of artists, designers, inventors, and thinkers, and their education as a laboratory for ideas. While STEAM is a hot topic in education right now, without framing the experiences for students in ways that allow for safe “failures,” creative play, and experimentation, even the most captivating STEAM curricula can fall flat. This session explores student agency, personal relevance, and the process of creative experimentation through the lens of conceptual design or design thinking.
Session 4: Project-based Learning (PBL) in the Fine Arts
In Session 4, participants will synthesize their learning and examine how Project-based Learning (PBL) applies to the fine arts. Participants will have the opportunity to redesign a basic lesson that explores one or two TEKS to make it into an engaging, technologically infused, student-driven, effective PBL. Participants will share with each other and the whole group the redesigned lessons and anticipated outcomes. As a bonus, presenters will allow groups to create and share their lessons utilizing the case study format. Case studies in this session will feature outstanding PBL experiences in the fine arts and how these PBL initiatives demonstrate high-levels of TEKS-based teaching and learning as well as opportunities for deep connections to 21st Century Skills.