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Pre Summit sessions are designed to give participants an in-depth study of the subject. Class size is limited. You must sign up for the pre summits at the time you register for the Texas Fine Arts Summit. These workshops are optional and cost $75.00 each. A meal is also included in the four-hour training that is covered by the cost of the Pre-Summit. You will receive four hours of CPE credit for each course.

Pre-Summit Registration will start at 9:00 am with the Pre-Summit Sessions starting at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 14.

  • Conceptual Teaching takes Fine Arts to a Higher Level
    presented by Gladys Keeton

    Concept-based curricula take learning to a higher level as students analyze, synthesize and generalize from facts to high level knowledge. We need to move from the practice of teaching isolated facts and skills to approaches that attempt to have the learner understand and integrate experiences, see patterns and relationships and make connections. This approach is referred to as "Conceptual Teaching and Learning." This workshop will be organized in four parts:

    • approaches to concept teaching,
    • the value of concept teaching in large groups
    • time spent teaching concepts during rehearsals and performance, and
    • implication for fine arts education curricula.

    Conceptual teaching does not detract from performance goals but on the contrary, performance may be enhanced.

    Gladys Keeton
    Gladys M. Keeton, Professor of Dance in the School of the Arts at Texas Woman's University since 1969 (recently retired). Professor Keeton teaches modern, ballroom, tap, cultural dance, children's dance, adapted dance, dance appreciation, interdisciplinary arts, pedagogy and supervisor of student teachers. She was founder, artistic director and performer of the TWU International Folk Dance Company for 37 years. The company performed and presented cultural lecture demonstrations for schools, conventions, civic and community events throughout Texas as well as out of state. Gladys is artist educator for the Texas Commission for the Arts conducting dance residencies in Texarkana for over 15 years emphasizing interdisciplinary learning for students and teachers in schools. She has also choreographed and conducted show choir and vocal dance workshops/summer camps at L.D. Bell High School, Denton High School, Springtown High School, Strickland Middle School, Guyer High School, Southwest State University, Texas Woman's University and elementary musicals. She choreographs for annual concerts and musicals, one of which received honorable mention from the Kennedy Center ACTF. Her scholarship includes over 200 presentations at national, district and state conventions. Gladys has authored two books and contributed to two other books. Recently, she was a co-writer for the Dance and Media Communication curriculum. Contributions to dance education are made through leadership positions in state, regional, and national organizations as well as being selected as a charter cadre member of the Texas Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts, Texas Education Agency Fine Arts Advisory Panel, State Review Panel for Dance Textbook Adoption, the State Board for Educator Certification Dance Standards Review committee, TExES Dance Content Exam and presently Item Writer for the new TExES Dance Content Exam committees. Gladys has been a presenter for over 17 years at the CEDFA Fine Arts Summit and Pre-Summits. She also conducts In-Service and Staff Development workshops for fine arts and classroom teachers in the public schools of Texas on a variety of topics. Recognition includes TAHPERD Brace Award (most prestigious award), Dance Heritage, Outstanding University Dance Educator, Honor, and PEPI Awards, Southern District AAHPERD Outstanding University Dance Educator Award, the Texas Dance Educator Association Hall of Fame Award, Drill Team Directors of America Lifetime Award and the Association for Retarded Citizens Outstanding Service Award. Other Awards include the TWU Distinction in Service and Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards, Outstanding Young Women of America Award, and the Association for Retarded Citizens Outstanding Service Award.
  • Inspired Meaningful Art Making
    presented by Mary Ellen (mel) Basham, Suzanne Greene
    Come experience several art ideas that REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, AND UPCYCLE TO RECREATE AND TURN TRASH INTO TREASURE! Students learn to use found materials and objects as inspiration to create MEANINGFUL WORKS that engage their IMAGINATION and turn clutter into original creations! We will build a box, make a sketchbook, and discuss lessons to engage students in the creative process! BRING YOUR FAVORITE COLLAGE MATERIALS, GLUE, MASKING TAPE, SCISSORS, EXACTO KNIFE, RULER, OLD JEWELRY, AND PAPER SCRAPS.
    Mary Ellen (mel) Basham
    Mary Ellen (mel) Basham currently serves Texas Art Education Association as President-elect, State VASE College/University Liaison, Region 6 VASE Juror Foreman and Distinguished Fellow. Mel is also a member of the CEDFA Cadre. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Sam Houston State University, Mel began her teaching career in Aldine Independent School District where she developed an Advanced Placement Art History and Studio Art Program at MacArthur High School. After 18 years of teaching, she retired from Shepherd Independent School District where she taught Art 1-4 and was National Art Honor Society sponsor. Mel has also worked with young children as daycare owner/director and dance instructor. As an art educator, she believes teaching process is the most valuable lesson for students. Her philosophy is summarized in this quote by Claudia Betti: "In life as in art, the process is the point. If you take care of the process, the end product will take care of itself." As a practicing artist, Mel relates to Robert Henri's quote: "I am not interested in art as a means of making a living, but I am interested in art as a means of living a life. It is the most important of all studies and all other studies are tributary to it."
    Suzanne Greene
    Suzanne Greene currently serves the Texas Art Education Association as President, STATE JUNIOR VASE Direction and is a Distinguished Fellow. She has also served as VP for Membership, VP YAM., Middle School Chair and an area representative. After completing her BFA in Art Education All Levels at SMU, she went to Spring Branch ISD where she was a middle school teacher for forty years. "I believed in art in for every elementary school and achieved that goal in SBISD (many years later) with the help of others which was part of my goal when I started teaching." Suzanne was part of the three writers who developed the Digital Arts Communication Curriculum for art and is a Cadre member. Art has been the focus of her life and she want to give back what she has learned to share with others. Without the Arts where could one express themselves?
  • Marketing and growing your program
    presented by Charles Aguillon
    Presenter will share techniques that have resulted in significant growth in fine arts programs in two different districts. Focus will be on marketing programs to parents, students, and community to grow your program.
    Charles Aguillon
    An educator for 24 years, Charles Aguillon is the Director of Fine Arts and Academic Enrichment for Lake Travis ISD in Austin. He oversees all music, art, theatre, and dance programs K-12 as well as Languages other than English and the UIL Academic program. Most recently Mr. Aguillon was the Associate Principal for Teaching and Learning at Georgetown East View High School. During the 17 years Mr. Aguillon was in Georgetown ISD he held the positions of middle school and high school band director, Director of Bands for Georgetown High School, and Director of Fine Arts for the Georgetown ISD during which time Georgetown was twice named to the "Best 100 Communities for Music in America." Prior to coming to Georgetown, Mr. Aguillon was a band director for San Marcos CISD for 3 years. Ensembles under his direction have received numerous awards and have appeared at the Texas State Marching Band Contest and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Aguillon holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Texas State University-San Marcos as well as a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix where he has completed work toward a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Currently President of the Texas Music Educators Association Region 32, he has served as President of TMEA Region 18 and 26 and has served as TMEA Region 18 Band Chair. He is an active adjudicator and clinician. He is also currently serving on the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Music Technical Advisory Committee.
  • Itís Not Just About Scores: Effective Communication with Administrators
    presented by Christopher Hanson
    As many school reform initiatives and studies of standardized state assessments have shown, too many Fine Arts educators and administrators are concerned with "scores". As a result, we are losing sight of the impact we can and are making on students' lives by misdirected or ill-informed conversations about scores (UIL and STAAR). In this PreSummit session, we will develop a critical dialogue that Fine Arts teachers will be able to employ when engaging their administrators for support. The session would specifically translate the dense educational jargon that complicates communication, so that we can share our students' success clearly with administrators. This process will help construct a mutually beneficial understanding of the needs of our campuses and context of our programs. Participants will leave with an objective understanding of school reform and assessment that is enhanced by their work in teaching the Fine Arts. This information will be directly applicable to their work in establishing constructive dialogue with administrators to enhance their campuses through the growth and development of Fine Arts programs that are more focused on each student's progress than on STAAR or UIL scores.
    Christopher Hanson
    Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, Hanson enjoys performing with a large and eclectic group of ensembles in the state of Texas and abroad. Hanson holds three Masters Degrees from Texas State University in Music History, Music Theory, and Music Composition. He is currently working on his PhD in School Improvement at Texas State University, with a focus on teacher agency and the discourse between aesthetics and politics in public education. His research on African-American composer Edmond Dédé has afforded him an array of speaking engagements and publishing opportunities and several of his new chamber works for small string and wind ensembles received their debut performances in 2015. As a violinist, Hanson enjoys performing with the Sacred Ensemble with Dr. Shana Mashego, a collaborative project in which Hanson performs and arranges hymns for classical ensembles. Hanson currently resides in San Marcos, Texas and works as the Orchestra Director for San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD). Hanson is the founder and artistic director of the SMART Orchestra, a community-based orchestra created to encourage string education, established in the city of San Marcos in 2009. In the near future, Hanson hopes to continue his success at the podium by seeking more opportunities to study, perform, and teach through education initiatives.
  • There's an App for That: Exploring Imaging with 21st Century Technology
    presented by Chris Cooper
    We live in a society that relies heavily on visual imagery; our students have technology in their hands at all times, and express themselves most often with images rather than words. As teachers, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the light-speed changes in 21st century technology, especially those used by our students in their daily lives. We must understand imaging options ourselves in order to give students tools that they can relate to, and are available to them daily outside of the classroom. Join Chris Cooper in an exploration of imaging tools using phones, tablets, and Chromebooks, and view comparisons to the professional Adobe tools that we rely on as professional image-makers and digital educators. Bring your phone, tablet, or Chromebook to try some new apps, and to share any favorites that you already use.
    Chris Cooper
    Chris Cooper teachers Art and Graphic Design at San Marcos High School, and is Department Chair of Visual Arts. She currently serves TAEA as Vice President of Membership, Membership Showcase Chair, and Region 13 South VASE Director. In the past, she has served TAEA as Vice President of Youth Art Month, where she led Texas in receiving an NAEA Award of Excellence, and NAEA's Claire Flanagan Grand Award for Youth Art Month activities in our state. She has also been recognized by Humanities Texas as an Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities in 2011, and was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of TAEA. She has written and received numerous educational grants, including an Apple Education Grant in 1997, which led her to begin combining Art and Technology in her classroom.
    presented by Lynn Reynolds
    Students love our fine arts classes. Our curriculum allows them to be as creative as they want to be, encourages them to think differently and gives them a chance to be the individuals they truly are. But for some of our students this translates into running around the room, intentionally splattering paint, and talking through the music. This session will provide tools to use in creating healthy classroom communities, and ways in which teachers can better know their students. It will also unpack the three tried and true discipline strategies: Discipline with Love and Logic, TEACH and Tough Love. Teachers will discuss common discipline problems they face in their classrooms, create responses to these problems, and plan their classroom communities for Fall 2018.
    Lynn Reynolds
    Lynn C. Reynolds began dancing as a young child and continued to make dance her life's work. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in Dance awarded from Sam Houston State University in 1990. She then taught dance for eight years at Longfellow Elementary School, a fine arts magnet school in the Houston Independent School District. While at Longfellow Reynolds taught creative movement, ballet, jazz and modern dance and directed the Longfellow Dance Troupe. She won several teaching awards including HISD Dance Educator of the Year, TAHPERD and SAAHPERD Dance Educator of the Year K-12, and an Honorable Mention for Dance Educator of the Year K-12 from the National Dance Association. Reynolds then taught for 12 years at West Briar Middle School in Houston ISD. She taught ballet, jazz, modern, dance, and hip hop and directed the West Briar Dance Company, West Briar Dance Ensemble, the Power Dance Team and FUSION, a coed dance company. During this time Reynolds was interviewed for two articles in Dance Teacher Magazine, "Boys Will be Boys" December 2011, and "Making a Safe Space for Dance", June 2013. During her 20 years of teaching public school dance Reynolds shared her knowledge in many conference workshops for TAHPERD, SAAHPERD, the National Dance Association, the National Dance Society and the Texas Dance Educators Association. She has written standards and curriculum for Houston ISD elementary and middle school dance programs, and also standards and curriculum for middle school dance in the state of Texas. She presented Texas middle school dance frameworks at the 2015 Texas Fine Arts Summit and the 2016 Texas Dance Educators Association conference, where she also presented "21st Century Skills in the Dance Classroom". Reynolds is a member of the National Dance Society and the National Dance Education Organization.

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