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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 13.

Creative ART Collaboration with Paper, Pen, Pencil, Paint
Presented by: Mary Ellen (mel) Basham, Suzanne Greene
Join us as we share a variety of ideas to build student success and encourage participation in your art studio/classroom.

Each creative process will extend to another as we expand the possibilities for student collaboration.
Students will work in the style of Kandinsky, experiencing process and connecting to Art History.

We will investigate Mid Century Modern techniques and learn ways to develop a single art assignment into a whole class collaboration.

Text will be incorporated with imagery to add student voice and personal connection to each image.

Bring your favorite pencils, pens, markers and art quotes to share and be part of the Creative Collaboration that will be meaningful and fun!

Mary Ellen (mel) Basham:    Mary Ellen (mel) Basham currently serves Texas Art Education Association as President, 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 the Past President, STATE JUNIOR VASE Direction and is a Distinguished Fellow. She has also served as President, VP for Membership, VP YAM, Middle School Chair and an area representative. She was Art Educator of the Year, and the Middle School Art Educator of the Year. She also represented TAEA and the other Fine Arts at a special session in the Texas House of Representatives. 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 this many years later with the help of others which was part of my goal when I started teaching." Suzanne was one 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?

Keys to Hosting a Community-Wide Fine Arts Event
Presented by: Jenny Parry, Catherine Zink, Kara Martinez, Javier Barbosa, Ali Wagner-Garza
Our schools are often the arts centers for our communities, serving parents and neighbors as well as students. A community-centered arts event can foster a love for music, dance, theatre, and visual arts while strengthening ties to the larger community. Come learn the nuts and bolts of creating a fun-filled event that gets everyone involved in the arts! It's great publicity for your school and gives students a new audience.

For the past four years, the Del Valle ISD Fine Arts Department has hosted a well-attended DVISD Fine Arts Event. This event began in March 2014 and has been a community tradition ever since. This free event is designed to showcase the talents and dedication of Del Valle ISD fine arts students, with the goal of promoting arts advocacy and community involvement. The event is a huge success with more than 1,600 kindergarten through 12th graders from across the district participating, and more than 2,000 community members in attendance.

Jenny Parry:    Jenny Parry is the Director of Programs for the Texas Cultural Trust. The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. The Texas Cultural Trust produces a biennial state of the arts report that quantifies the impact the arts have in shaping the cultural, educational, and economic future of Texas. Jenny is a passionate fine arts advocate with a personal and professional mission to nurture and develop quality fine arts experiences for all children. Prior to joining the Texas Cultural Trust, Jenny's work was specific to the development of fine arts education within the public education system. For 15 years, she worked to illuminate the fine arts as an art teacher and fine arts administrator. Jenny earned a Bachelor of Visual Art Studies from the University of North Texas, a Master of Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University, and holds Texas certifications as an art educator and principal.

Catherine Zink:    Catherine Zink, Del Valle High School Dance Teacher and Hospitality Committee Chair, was born and raised in Austin. She started dancing at the age of three at Barbra Lynn Dance Studio and never stopped. She performed with the Footnotes Dance Company, competing in many state competitions. Catherine attended Austin High School where she served as a Junior Lieutenant and then Captain of the Red Jackets. While on Red Jackets, she grew as a person, as a dancer, and learned more of her passion for dancing, performing and teaching others. From a very early age she knew she wanted to show her love of dance to others and be a teacher. After high school she attended Texas State University, where she majored in Dance Education. After graduating from Texas State, Catherine was hired to teach dance at Del Valle High School, where she has been for seven years. She is honored to be able to call herself the Director of the Cardinal Belles and Cardettes dance team. "These young ladies are truly an exceptional group of talented, hardworking and dedicated girls that I am blessed to be able to call my extended family," Catherine says.

Kara Martinez:    Kara Martinez is Dance teacher and dance performance committee co-chair at Del Valle ISD. She was born and raised in Killeen, where she began her dancing career. While living in Killeen she danced for ten years at Dance Extreme's top company, and also participated as a member and officer on the Harker Heights High School Crimson Belles drill team. After high school she received a dance scholarship to McLennan Community College in Waco. While at McLennan, Kara was able to compete at the highest level of collegiate dance, reaching second place at National Dance Alliance in 2005. She then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the UT dance team, as well as the executive director for the 2008-2009 school year. Kara graduated with honors from UT with a BA in Theatre and Dance and a minor in kinesiology. She began teaching at MA Dance Project in Cedar Park and The Dance Spot in Round Rock. "I have been immersed in dance for many years and it is a passion of mine that I emulate in my teaching," Kara says. "I'm excited to join the Del Valle ISD team!"

Javier Barbosa:    Javier Barbosa is lead Art Teacher at Del Valle High School and Art Exhibition Committee Chair. He has been teaching for an amazing 20 years and the last 12 years have been in Cardinal Pride Country!! At the University of San Antonio (UTSA), Javier received his BFA. This amazing university prepared him for his passion in life. As an artist, Javier is mainly attracted to painting but drawing is a close second. He describes himself as a colorist. His heart leads him to paint from emotion and inner passion. As a retired Army veteran, Javier has experienced several different duty positions and challenges, but one position that has helped him the most as an art educator was when he was an instructor of leadership courses. His favorite thing about teaching is being around wonderful young minds that have the same love for ART as he does. His favorite thing about teaching in Del Valle is that he has met and influenced a large majority of students to feel and understand the same type of love for Art. In his free time Javier is a lawn care specialist, fish pond caretaker, and weekend BBQ master.

Ali Wagner-Garza:    Ali Wagner-Garza is Elementary Music Teacher and Performing Arts- 9th Grade Center Committee Chair. She studied voice and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas State University in 2010. After graduation, she was a librarian for a year while completing her teaching certification through ACT Houston. Wagner taught elementary music in Killeen ISD for one year, and then moved to her current position in Del Valle ISD at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary, where she has been teaching for the last four years. She is currently in Kodaly training and has completed the first level. Along with teaching in the classroom, she teaches choir and piano after school, and has been the Music Director for Del Valle High School's musical productions the past two years. Her primary instrument is voice, but Wagner also plays guitar and is an active musician in the Austin music scene.

Culturally Responsive Arts Education
Presented by: Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Dr Mario Garza, Maria Rocha,
Gloria Ladson-Billings defines culturally responsive pedagogy as, “a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning. This interactive workshop will explore culturally responsive methods of teaching art, music, theatre and dance at all grade levels. The workshop also asks participants to examine their own cultural orientations and consider how arts teachers might include their students’ cultures in their classes when these cultures are different from the teachers’, asking questions like, how do we honor and teach that which we do not know?

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce:    Roxanne Schroeder-Arce has recently been promoted to Director of Fine Arts Education in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance. She remains Associate Professor in the department. Aside from her teaching, Schroeder-Arce is a scholar, director and playwright. She was a high school theatre teacher in Laredo and Austin for six years. Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is Associate Professor and Head of the UTeach Theatre program at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre & Dance. Her research interests include culturally responsive theatre education and Latinx theatre with and for youth. She has published articles in journals such as Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal for Education and the Arts and Theatre Topics. Roxanne's plays, including Mariachi Girl and Señora Tortuga are published by Dramatic Publishing. She is currently coauthoring the play Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet, commissioned by Dallas Children's Theatre. Schroeder-Arce is a proud alumna of Emerson College, The University of Texas at Austin and the Upward Bound Program. She taught theatre arts in Austin and Laredo, Texas for several years before she moved to higher education. Years ago, Schroeder-Arce was artistic and youth director of Teatro Humanidad, a bilingual theatre company in Austin. Her web site can be found at: www.roxannearce.com

Mario Garza:    Dr. Mario Garza is a member of the Miakan-Garza Band, a state recognized American Indian tribe of Texas. He has a multidisciplinary Doctorate of Philosophy from Michigan State University in Social Science. His areas of concentration are Sociology, Political Science and Social Work. He has taught classes at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and Austin Community College. He has had a lifelong involvement in Native American issues including repatriation of remains and preservation of sacred sites. Dr. Garza retired from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and lives in San Marcos, Texas. He currently heads a nonprofit, Indigenous Cultures Institute, that his tribe founded in the San Marcos area.

Maria Rocha:   

Maria Rocha is the Executive Director of Indigenous Cultures Institute, a Native American organization that promotes the cultures of people indigenous to Texas and northern Mexico. She has over 30 years of management and organizational experience with governmental and nonprofit institutions. Through her efforts, ICI has grown from presenting six lectures in 2007, to successfully sustaining a ten-member volunteer staff and eleven major programs.

It's 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, Christopher T. F. Hanson enjoys working 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 and student agency; as well as, a Masters in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, with a focus on the transformative powers of fine arts education. As a violinist and composer, Hanson has premiered several works in multiple genres and serves as the chief arranger and first violinist of the Sacred Ensemble with Dr. Shana Mashego. Hanson works as the Orchestra Director for San Marcos High School in San Marcos CISD. He 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. Hanson currently resides in Kyle, Texas with his wife Erin, and his two children Emily and Graham. For more information please visit www.christophertfhanson.com

Tech Twists: Technology Strategies for Igniting and Managing Students in Fine Arts Classrooms
Presented by: Sherri Segovia
Leverage technology to your advantage! This workshop will step through some smart and simple ways to keep your tech-generation fine arts students actively participating in the learning process. No technology experience required! Here you will gain hands-on experience with digital tools to help manage distractions, limit misuse, and deliver creative instructional techniques with a technology twist. We will explore digital variations of chat-stations, think-pair-share, gallery walks, exit slips, concept mapping, and more. This workshop emphasizes everyday technology devices (bring your own laptop or tablet) and accessible, FREE, and/or inexpensive software applications.

Sherri Segovia:   

Sherri Segovia, Ph.D., is Senior Project Manager at Resources for Learning, LLC (RFL) where she conducts educational research, professional development, curriculum development, and program evaluations for K-12 fine arts education. Having led a dual career as a dancer/choreographer and corporate design director, Sherri's specialty blends traditional fine arts instruction with interactive media technologies. Her academic research involves human movement in videogame interaction and digital art. She has taught Basic Design Principles and Practices at the University of Texas at Dallas, and previously worked with RFL as a dance-technology curriculum writer and trainer for two years prior to joining full time.

Sherri has a Doctor of Philosophy in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California Irvine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary's College of California.

Put a Little Quaver in Your Life!
Presented by: Michele Hobizal
Want to integrate more technology in your elementary music classroom? Want to discover ways to create excitement about music with your students? Come see how you can customize your lessons with Quaver's Marvelous World of Music with Michele Hobizal! Participants will walk away with three new ideas to use in the classroom along with a 30-day preview of Quaver!

Michele Hobizal:    Michele Hobizal is the Texas Account Manager/Teacher Training for Quaver's Marvelous World of Music. She is a retired elementary music teacher from Katy ISD who has taught for 31 years. She is a past conductor of the Katy ISD District Elementary Honor Choir with performances at the 2007 and 2011 TMEA conventions. She has served two terms as the TMEA Elementary VP. Hobizal is the immediate Past Elementary VP for TCDA. Hobizal is an experienced clinician throughout Texas. She was on the 2013 Fine Arts TEKS Review Committee for Kindergarten through 2nd grade music. Hobizal earned a BME from Texas State University where she received the Alumni Achievement Award. Hobizal is very proud to say she is a cadre member of CEDFA.

Teach a FIne Arts + Technology Class: A Full Curriculum
Presented by: Brittany Skillern

  • How do you engage those students with little to no fine arts AND inspire those who thrive all in the same class?

  • Have you been asked to incorporate technology into your fine arts class?

  • Want project ideas that teach students real-world fine arts career skills?

The Arts and Digital Literacy (ADL) initiative, a program of the Texas Cultural Trust, offers a set of TEKS aligned fine arts curriculum ready to teach as a fine arts credit, training for teachers, and grant opportunities.

The ADL courses are:

  • Art and Media Communications I & II

  • Dance and Media Communications I & II

  • Music and Media Communications I

  • Theatre and Media Communications I & II

In this pre-summit training, gain access to an online resource you can use over and over for innovative lesson ideas incorporating technology and traditional fine arts. Learn new ways to use multimedia in the classroom to increase student engagement with digital literacy. Whether you are a digital novice or native, these project-based lessons are able to integrate as much or as little technology and use a variety of applications. Leave with a long list of usable links and resources, student examples, and access to current teacher communities. NEW: This training will introduce the newly updated year-long curriculum on Canvas, an easy to use learning management system. PLUS: Learn steps to get this course in your school and tips to get more funding.


Brittany Skillern:    Brittany Skillern is an art teacher at Westwood High School in Austin, TX and has taught in the Round Rock ISD school district for the past nine years. She has taught a variety of classes mainly focusing in 2D arts and technology, including Art and Media Communications, A.P. Art, I.B. Art, Academy Art classes, all levels of Painting and Drawing, and Art 1. You can visit her teacher website at sites.google.com/view/skillern. She has served on a curriculum writing team in RRISD and has hosted professional development classes. She has presented numerous sessions at TAEA and NAEA, including Arts and Digital Literacy sessions focusing on Art and Media Communications. She was selected to be a Trailblazer in the NextGen pilot program of RRISD, allowing her classes to integrate iPads in the art room. She has received various other grants, including Arts and Digital Literacy, Excellence Fund, and an RRISD Innovative Fine Arts Mini Grant. She received her bachelors of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with an emphasis in Painting and Graphic Design. Her favorite mediums are acrylic and oil paint, but she loves all media, especially experimenting with technology incorporating mixed media. If you would like to view some of her personal artwork, you can visit brittanyjskillern.wixsite.com/artwork. She is married to a wonderful artist, Justin Jackley, who is also an art teacher at Round Rock High School. In their spare time, they enjoy making art and traveling. Each summer they sponsor a trip abroad with students from both of their high schools

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.

Addressing Students' Academic Identities through Fine Arts
Presented by: Gladys Keeton
Academic success is directly connected to the way in which students search to define who they are. As Fine Arts educators, we have the tools to purposefully help students develop healthy perspectives about their identity that can lead to academic success. Students are constantly searching for identity - the person they want to be and not that of someone else. Teachers may be well-intentioned, compassionate, and caring but they may not appreciate or understand the diverse situations that their students come from, separating them from the non-majority students. The search for identity reflects personal characteristics that affect daily academic performance. Students may experience concerns about various identities such as, gender identity, relational identity, physical identity, ethnic identity, oppositional identity, and socioeconomic identity. The Fine Arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) provide a foundation for teachers to develop strategies that will address students' personal identity and awareness of their heritage and traditions and those of others, enabling them to participate in a diverse society. Participants will investigate how students' might communicate their personal identity through the arts to convey specific ideas about themselves, expand their knowledge of interconnections from self to community and take a greater responsibility for their academic growth.

Gladys Keeton:    Gladys M. Keeton, Professor of Dance in the School of the Arts at Texas Woman's University since 1969 (presently Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor). Gladys received the Lifetime Achievement Award (Texas) from the National Dance Education Organization in November 2017. 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.


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