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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.

Teaching the 21st Century Fluencies through the Arts
Presented by: Charles Aguillon
We need to move our thinking beyond our primary focus on traditional literacy to an additional set of 21st-century fluencies that reflect the times we live in. That's the essence of the 21st Century Fluencies! Today, it's essential that all of our students have a wide range of skills that develop the ability to function within a rapidly changing society-skills far beyond those that were needed in the 20th century. These skills are not about technological prowess. The essential 21st Century Fluencies are not about hardware; they are about headware and heartware! This means critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, innovation, and so much more. These aren't just for the students, though. The 21st Century Fluencies are process skills that we all need, and there is as much benefit in cultivating them within yourself as within your classroom (www.globaldigitalcitizen.org). Participants will also learn how to design lessons using digital tools to implement in their fine arts classroom. We will also look at new courses and curricula that is readily available for you to use for free!

Charles Aguillon:    An educator for 26 years, Charles Aguillon is the Director of Fine Arts & Academic Enrichment for Lake Travis ISD in Austin. A native of Victoria, he began his career in music education in 1993 as a Band Director for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District. In 1996, Mr. Aguillon joined the Georgetown Independent School District and served in various capacities including Georgetown High School Band Director, GISD Director of Fine Arts, and Associate Principal for Teaching and Learning at East View High School. He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Texas State University-San Marcos as well as a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix where he has completed work towards a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Mr. Aguillon currently serves on the State UIL Music Technical Advisory Committee as well as serving as President of the Texas Music Educators Association Region 32. He is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and currently serves on the staff of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming.

Mapping: A Journey in Creative Practice
Presented by: Samantha Melvin
An exploration of the literal and the figurative, this session will offer hands-on discovery of mapping as a tool for personal, creative investigations. The process will be relevant for you as artist and you as teacher, informing our collective practice as creatives.

Samantha Melvin:    Samantha Melvin currently serves as Book Study Chair for the Texas Art Education Association, where she has been an active member since 2004. She serves the National Art Education Foundation as a Trustee and CEDFA as a Visual Arts Training Cadre member. Samantha has been published in TRENDS, School Arts magazine, and on the Teaching Palette, an online art education resource. A #K12ArtChat featured-host on Twitter on two occasions, Samantha has shared her knowledge of contemporary art in the K12 art classroom, as well as on "Leading The Way: from Classroom to Community" which was also recorded as a podcast for The Creatively Connected Classroom. She is the National Consultant for Davis Publications, an independent art education consultant and teacher-mentor in Texas. An Art21 Educator, she taught elementary art in Burnet CISD and Spring Branch ISD. Samantha was a recipient of multiple grants, through Humanities Texas, two grants from Crayola and NAESP's Champion Creatively Alive Children and BP's A+ for Energy program among others. She received a 2009 Rauschenberg Award, a 2010 PBS Teachers Innovation Award, and was named 2012 NAEA National Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She received her Master of Arts, Art Education at the University of Florida in 2015, and was named a TAEA Distinguished Fellow for service to the association in 2016. Samantha exhibits her own art work regularly in Texas and has had work showcased in the 2018 NAEA Virtual Gallery, in Louisiana and in Tennessee. Samantha serves Burnet County as the founder and curator of the Burnet County Courthouse Art Exhibit, which showcases student art work from across the county in 3-4 shows each year, and just launched a new student exhibit space at the Herman Brown Free Library with an exhibition of K-8 art work. She also volunteers at Fort Croghan, Museum and Grounds in Burnet, and serves the Burnet County Historical Commission as Education Chair. She lives in Burnet, Texas. Twitter: @smelvin Instagram: @fineartsstudio Fun fact: The profile photo was taken by one of her former students, a painter and photographer, who is now studying Design in college.

Devising as a means for Culturally Responsive Arts Education
Presented by: Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Culturally responsive education, or in short, making space for and honoring students' cultural fluency and lived experience, is an essential part of any devising process in all art forms. In this interactive, on-your-feet session, participants will engage in a group devising process including visual art, music, dance and theatre that calls on their own lived experience. Session includes activities and lessons that teachers take back to their own classrooms to use as they nurture a culturally responsive learning environment.

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

Collaborative Practices and Creative Pathways: Digital Storytelling in the 21st Century Classroom
Presented by: Dr. Megan Alrutz
Digital storytelling invites young people to consider "Who am I?" and "What do I care about?" In this highly interactive session, participants will explore an artistic process that requires students express a point of view through language, voice, image, and music/or sound. Participants will devise personal narrative, digital photography, and performance work to imagine how the process and products of digital storytelling can tap into students' personal identities and respond to the experience and wisdom they bring to the classroom. The session will close with reflections on the role of arts and digital media in 21st century education. Teachers and encourage, but not required, to bring an iPad or cell phone with photo capabilities and to dress comfortably.

Megan Alrutz:    Megan Alrutz recently joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in applied theatre, theatre for social change, and digital storytelling. Previously, she was on the faculty of the University of Central Florida, where she led the MFA program in Theatre for Young Audiences for five years. Her creative and scholarly interests focus on applied theatre and theatre for young audiences, including school-based arts-integration, applied performance in non-traditional sites, devising and directing theatre and digital storytelling to explore issues of voice and identity, and developing new work that challenges and inspires dialogue. Megan works nationally as a facilitator for professional development in arts education and drama-based pedagogy, and was the founding director of ArtsBridge/UCF and Digital U, two Orlando-based applied arts/media programs for youth. Megan earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University where she focused on drama-based pedagogy for middle school science education.

Video Production 101
Presented by: Jordan Arrendondo
Add video to your bag of tricks and watch your students learn and create! This session will provide step-by-step instructions for making a video, from concept to completed project. Learn the "ins and outs" of video production and explore the video production process using iMovie as the operating system. From concept and connectors to uploading, storing, and managing files, this four-hour training will walk participants through the video production process in a hands-on environment. The participants will be introduced to every step of the process and produce a class video. This type of skill could be used for concerts, productions, public relations, and projects as well as lessons.

Jordan Arrendondo:    Jordan's involvement with the fine arts really started his sophomore year and continuing for the rest of his time at James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas. After his involvement with the theatre program at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, he was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating from AADA, Jordan found his knack for video editing and producing by way of a friend requesting a video be made that she could send back home. Since then, he has been involved in many personal and professional projects including promotional, documentary, weddings, educational, and instructional as just some of the types of projects Jordan has been involved with in the 8 years he has been in video production. A professed self-taught editor, he uses his enthusiasm and creativity to fuel the projects he takes on, always challenging himself to use every aspect of the video process to enhance his final product. Currently Jordan is a Certified Medical Assistant working in a St. David's rehabilitation clinic and will begin working towards a nursing degree this summer. Even through school and now a full time job, he still finds the time for video production and editing to fulfill and strengthen his creative side.

Moving The Needle: Learning Through The Arts In Inclusive Classrooms
Presented by: Celia Hughes
Adapting your classroom curricula to address the new TEKS? Need some guidance to include all your 21st Century learners? This experiential workshop will help you look at your curricula through the lens of Universal Design for Learning, or "UDL." Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Three primary brain networks come into play: Recognition Networks, the "what" of learning, Strategic Networks, the "how" of learning and Affective Networks, the "why" of learning. The Principles of UDL follow these primary networks through 1) the presentation of information/content; 2) the action and expression of knowledge; and, 3) the engagement/motivation to learn. Participants will unpack each of the UDL guidelines to discuss their meanings and make connections back to their own teaching practices and the new TEKS.

Celia Hughes:    Celia Hughes, Executive Director of VSA Texas, has over 35 years experience working in the arts as teacher, producer, artist and administrator and has worked alongside people with diverse abilities for over 25 years. Since 2012, she has worked with MindPop and Austin Independent School District to provide professional development to Special Education and Inclusion teachers on how to integrate arts-based teaching strategies into their daily classroom practice. In 2011, she participated with the beta testing of an online graduate course by Lesley College in Cambridge, MA on Curriculum Design for Arts Teaching and Learning, promoting the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She has developed and conducted professional development workshops for fine arts, general education and special education teachers in Texas for over 19 years, and since 2006 has offered workshops focused on integrating arts in special education and inclusive classrooms. Ms. Hughes holds a Masters Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Technology Boot Camp: Guerilla Skills for Arts Educators
Presented by: Sherri Segovia
Ready to incorporate technology in your classroom? This workshop will give you an overview of some tools and techniques you can use to add digital media tech savvy to your curriculum. No technology experience is necessary! We will cover three areas specifically related to fine arts education and you will get hands-on experience exploring digital apps and techniques. The workshop emphasizes everyday technology devices (bring your own) and accessible software applications.

  • Digital App Trends: Overview of most common (and FREE or inexpensive) apps for artists. We will discuss what they are, what they do, and how you might use them in your classrooms. Topics include: digital and video photography, sound and voice recording, musician's toolbox, image/video editing and sound manipulation, storyboarding, and digital storytelling. Participants will choose a digital app specific to their discipline to upload and explore.

  • Social Dynamics: Implications of social sharing and uploading original media to online networking sites. Topics include: etiquette, fair use, appropriation, privacy, copyright, and creative commons, all in relevance to sharing original, self-produced creative media. Participants will gain experience creating an individual social media profile, uploading media, and engaging with others in a Google classroom community.

  • Digital Performances: Broader considerations for integrating art presentation and performance using live-streaming and socially interactive elements. Topics will include a survey of best practices in digital media composition. Participants will create a group Vine.


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.

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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