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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.

Explorations in Contemporary Art
Presented by: Samantha Melvin
Engaging student artists with contemporary art provides them with current and relevant references for their creative process. Contemporary artists offer the opportunity to explore contemporary art thinking, connections to big ideas and views into artistic practice. Join us for thought, conversation and creative making.

Please bring your sketchbook, favorite drawing/art supplies and laptop or iPad/phone for research and documentation of process. Art supplies will be available for specific techniques that can be adapted to your artistic style.

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.

Project based Learning in the Fine Arts Classroom
Presented by: Lynn Reynolds
Twenty first century skills require independent learning, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. How can teachers find lesson plans that incorporate all of these skills? Project based learning is the answer. Project based learning (PBL) is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges, and acquire a deeper knowledge.

So how can fine arts classrooms participate in project based learning? How can dance innovate? How can theater solve the world's challenges? How can music explore real-world problems and art provide avenues to critical thinking? This presentation will take a deep look at how these questions might be answered.

Teachers no longer serve in the traditional teaching role when classrooms engage in project based learning. What, then, is the role of fine arts teachers when their students begin PBL? Are they facilitators? Helpers? Classroom coaches? This presentation will take a deep look at the teacher's role in PBL and how we must prepare for it.

This CEDFA presentation will

  • Define and discuss PBL;

  • Put participants in project groups to experience PBL from the students' point of view and

    • Choose topics for dance, theater, music and art PBL

    • Assume student roles of planning, collaborative research and writing

    • Assume student roles of presenting a project

  • Share in a group discussion of teacher's roles when creating, organizing and facilitating PBL in their classrooms.


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.

Universal Design In Inclusive Classrooms
Presented by: Celia Hughes
Are you trying to adapt your classroom curricula to include the new 21st Century learner? This experiential workshop will help you look at your curricula through the lens of Universal Design for Learning, or "UDL." Today's students bring a wide variety of skills, needs, and interests to the classroom-learning environment. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Teaching and learning engage three primary brain networks: 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.


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 laptop or pad) and accessible software applications.

  • Digital App Trends: Overview of most common 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, and their relevance in 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.


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.

The iPad Art Experience
Presented by: Paul Kretchmer
You finally got an iPad, now what? ---iPads and Apple have a long history of use in digital arts. Join Paul Kretchmer of Austin ISD as he demonstrates practical applications of iPad use in the elementary art room. From how to employ a single device to small group and full class, The iPad Art Experience will give visual art faculty a hands-on approach and share apps to use. There will be a lot of useful information, as well as time for hands-on experience and exploration. Great opportunity for those gifted and talented students, yet can be used with any class. BYOD if you can.

Paul Kretchmer:    Paul Kretchmer is an art educator and tech Whisperer at Graham Elementary in Austin ISD. He joined CEDFA's cadre of educators in 2016 and is also a Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) Master Art Educator. Paul has a BFA from Texas State University and a Masters of Education in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University. Paul began his vocation as an art educator at Graham in 2004. In 2014 Paul was chosen as a TAEA "Leadership Scholar" and is currently serving as Awards Chair for the organization. Paul's passion for art and technology has overflowed to involve him in district curriculum writing, serving as Technology Committee chair for the AISD art department, and preparing district "Student Learning Objective" assessments for AISD's new appraisal system. In his first year Paul was chosen as an AISD "Teacher of Promise" and in 2009 he was the "Teacher of the Year" at Graham. Paul has presented professional development workshops such as "the iPad Art Experience" for AISD and other Texas districts. At his professional development for RRISD, participants dubbed him the "Tech Whisperer."

Inspired Meaningful Art Making
Presented by: Mary Ellen (mel) Basham, Suzanne Greene
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!


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, Sarah Harvey, 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.

Sarah Harvey:    Sarah Harvey is Theatre Teacher and Performing Arts- Auditorium Committee Chair. She graduated from Texas State University in 2011 and has been teaching Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre for the past five years. She has spent five summers working for Texas State University's Summer Theatre Camp. She currently serves as the Technical Theatre Director at Del Valle High School. Sarah is also in the MFA graduate program at The University of Houston, where she plans on obtaining her Masters in Theatre.

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.

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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