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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.

Dancing Into Science - A True STEAM Experience
Presented by: Colby Snyder, Allisyn Paino Martin
STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Combine science and the art of dance and what you have is a melding that provides a potent learning tool for teachers and students. Created by two sisters, one a scientist and one a professional ballet dancer, the program endeavors to trigger emotional, physical and imaginative responses as well as an intellectual understanding of science. The PreSummit attendees will participate in the same K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade activities that the students experience during the workshops themselves. In the school workshops the teachers are also provided with lesson plans that support and re-emphasize the workshop content.

Colby Snyder:    Ms. Snyder is a Co-Creator of the Dancing into Science workshops, a program that teach science through movement. Ms. Snyder is currently the Scientist-in-Residence at the Charlotte Lab School, a K-8 charter school in NC. She is part of a team implementing challenge-based learning courses or "quests" working with faculty on developing unique, real-world science and math content. Through innovative curriculum development, STEM concepts are taught and applied to real world problems. Prior to joining Lab's staff Ms. Snyder was with Maker Ed (AmeriCorps VISTA program). She was part of a team implementing Maker Education at the Lab School. Ms. Snyder worked for over 15 years as a research physical scientist with the Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development center (ERDC) with facilities in Alaska and Vermont. Ms. Snyder is a graduate of Lehigh University, graduating with honors in the Master's Degree Environmental Science Program. Ms. Snyder was selected to participate in the 2017 Google Geo Teachers Institute in Mountain View California and also presented at the 2016 South Carolina GAFE summit.

Allisyn Paino Martin:    Ms. Paino danced professionally with Ballet Austin for thirteen years, originating and dancing principal roles by Artistic Director, and choreographer, Stephen Mills, including The Survivor in his internationally acclaimed work Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. She also danced lead roles in ballets created by George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Thaddeus Davis, Twyla Tharp, Agnes DeMille and David Parsons. During her career she toured internationally to Russia, Slovenia, Italy and Canada. Ms. Paino was a nine-time nominee and two-time winner of the Austin Critic's Table Award for Best Performance by a Female Dancer. After retiring from the stage in 2009, Ms. Paino became the Rehearsal Assistant/Director for Ballet Austin. Her teaching credits include the Ballet Austin Academy, Butler University and Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble. As a co-creator of Dancing Into Science LLC, Ms. Paino has overseen the artistic content of all Dancing Into Motion workshops. Her philosophy is that while art, specifically dance, teaches invaluable life lessons, it is also an effective tool to capture young minds and promote interest in scientific disciplines.

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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