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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.

Beyond the scores - Communicating success in your classroom through reflexive assessment
Presented by: Christopher Hanson
In this pre-summit session Hanson invites art educators from all disciplines and grade levels to identify both personal and professional definitions of success for their classroom/program, in order to develop a greater understanding of "how, why, and when we assess art education". Participants will engage in peer and reflexive dialog to develop a concrete understanding of fine arts assessment in public schools and challenge one another to reach "beyond contest results" to the intrinsic rewards and benefits of "the arts for all students". Participants will leave equipped with practical systems jargon to evaluate and assess "emergent definitions of success" for their students and program which can and should be communicated to their administrators and community.

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

Engaging Art Apps: Using iPads to Increase Student Creativity
Presented by: Christine Grafe
IPads can be an incredible tool for increasing student creativity and engagement in the art classroom. Together we'll explore several popular apps such as iMotion and iMovie to create stop frame animations to Artsonia, an amazing online portfolio system. Participants are encouraged to bring an iPad or similar device preloaded with the apps listed above.

Christine Grafe:    Christine Grafe serves the Texas Art Education Association as Vice President Elect Youth Art Month, and she has served as Middle School/Junior High Chair. She has been a qualifier and juror for Region 6 VASE and site director for Region 6 Junior VASE. Christine earned her BFA in Art Education from Texas Tech University, taught 6-8 grade art in Brownfield Texas before moving to College Station ISD where she has taught 5-6 grade art for the past 27 years. She hopes that students will leave her classroom with a skill set which includes collaboration, divergent thinking, and a creative mindset which will prepare them for future success.

Brand Building an Essential Advocacy tool for all Fine Arts Programs
Presented by: Laura Grundler
How can you quickly leverage technology apps and tools to advocate for you fine arts programs? Build a BRAND! We'll share you a variety of tools and techniques for branding that will enhance your program advocacy. This session will include lots of discussions, brainstorming and have hands-on opportunities to begin your brand development. You need to bring a device that can access the internet (laptop, iPad or smartphone), feel free to pre-upload apps including Adobe Spark, Canva, Instagram and Twitter.

Laura Grundler:    Visual Arts Coordinator for Plano Independent School District, Co-founder of #K12 ratChet and Co-Host of The Creatively Connected Classroom podcast, Team Member at Education Closet, and social media Arts Advocate; Plano, Texas

Leaving Your Creative Mark with Gelli Plates
Presented by: Gretchen Bell
Let's get a little messy as we learn basic printing skills such as layering, stenciling, and mark making using Gelli Plates and other various tools. From the printing skills we learn, we will create pieces of art that connect to us personally by embellishing pages from a dictionary, encyclopedia, vintage book, or written works; which can be a favorite poem, saying, song, etc. written in your own handwriting. As we broaden our connection to our final pieces during our artmaking process, artistic image decisions will have to be made based on the context of the text chosen. Multiple pieces or a series can be created as final products. Bring any printed materials you may want to use, mark making tools, stencils, papers of choice and your favorite drawing/writing tools to use as we Leave our Creative Mark!

Gretchen Bell:    Gretchen Bell received her BFA from The University of Houston in 2006 and works as an Elementary Art Specialist in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. She enjoys sharing her passion for art and enjoys seeing her students' creativity show through their artwork. While teaching in the classroom, Gretchen also serves as a member of her district's Content Planning Cadre where she helps plan, organize, and teach professional development opportunities, lesson shares, and district art shows with her fellow art teachers. Gretchen has served as her campus PBIS President and was name Spotlight Teacher in 2013. She works to collaborate with her colleagues to maintain a great culture and climate where her students are excited to come to school to learn. Gretchen currently serves Texas Art Education Association as Youth Art Month Vice President, Region 4W VASE Jury Foreman and has been a Conference Co-Chair. She enjoys working with and meeting like-minded professionals to collaborate and share innovative ways to advocate for the importance of Visual Arts in schools. She has recently received an NAEA Award of Excellence on behalf of Texas for Youth Art Month activities in the state. "I truly enjoy learning and making art not only with my students every day, but also with other art professionals all over Texas. The ideas shared keep me inspired to continue to advocate on the importance of art in EVERYONE's lives."

Arts Education Advocacy, What Every Fine Arts Teacher Should Know
Presented by: Jenny Parry
Know your facts about why the arts are essential for your students, campus, district, and community and how to apply this knowledge when seeking support from your campus and district leadership, parents and community. Identify how the arts prepare students for the 21sr century workforce. Gain access to the Texas Cultural Trust's Arts & Digital Literacy free online curriculum, arts grants, and community partnerships. You will leave this session with a toolkit of resources for arts education advocacy that speaks to all audiences.

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.

Thinking Outside the Box with Title Funds: Where are the real limits of Title IV, Part A?
Presented by: Joe Clark, Kelly Cline
Teachers and administrators are often given federal funding to start a very specific program with very specific guidelines that may or may not fit the needs of your program. What if you became the expert in the guidelines and designed your own plan to use these funds? Learn how a fine arts administrator and a federal fund administrator collaborated together to creatively (and legally) explore the absolute limits of what is possible with federal funding.

Title IV funding is anticipated to INCREASE AGAIN for 2019-2020. You will leave this session with jaw dropping real examples, and the terminology needed to advocate for these funds. It's not too late, however, if you're not prepared to advocate for these funds they will go to another program in your district.

Joe Clark:    Dr. Joe Clark is honored to be in his 20th year in education and his sixth year as the Director of Performing and Visual Arts for the Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Prior to administration, Dr. Clark was a band director in several schools in Spring ISD including Spring High School, Bammel Middle School, and Claughton Middle School, as well as, Industrial Jr. High and High School in Industrial ISD. While in these positions, his ensembles have placed in the State finals, received "Best-in-Class" at concert band and jazz festivals, Sweepstakes at UIL, and have performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2010. As a strong advocate of the fine arts and arts integration, Dr. Clark remains active as a clinician and guest lecturer for young teachers as well as an active UIL adjudicator. Dr. Clark earned his B.M. in music and his M.M. in conducting from Sam Houston State University; and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. Dr. Clark is a proud member of Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, TMEA, TBA, and TMAA. Joe and his wife Heather reside in Spring, Texas with their daughter, Darcy Anne Clark who was born on May 17, 2015 and whose favorite color is pink.

Kelly Cline:    Kelly Cline received her B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, her B.Ed. from York University and her M.Ed. in Education Diversity from York University, Toronto, Canada. She taught for 7 years with the Toronto Board of Education as an elementary teacher before moving to the United States in 1997. Kelly continued teaching three more years in Houston Independent School District (HISD) before leaving to work at Region 4 Education Service Center in 2000 as an Educational Consultant. Kelly began her career at Region 4 ESC as a Title 1 Consultant then transitioned into a variety of other educational programs such as School Health, Fine Arts and Cultural Diversity. In 2011, Kelly rejoined team HISD as the Senior Manager of the Parent Engagement Department and led a group of 12 staff members to provide training and informational district initiatives sessions to HISD parents, then as a Senior Manager of Federal and State Compliance for 3 years. Presently, Ms. Cline is the Assistant Superintendent of Federal and State Compliance for Spring ISD and supervises all the Federal and State Programs. Kelly has over 23 years of experience in public school education.

Unleashing Creativity: Contemporary Approaches in the Arts
Presented by: Samantha Melvin
Join us for this interactive, hands-on, creative immersion into contemporary arts, visual and performing arts processes and thinking across the curriculum! This is about you, (the visual artist, the dancer, the musician, the actor) - the teacher, and your artistic discipline. Where are you going creatively, and how are YOU unleashing creativity in your sphere of influence? Who are your role models, what are your rituals, how do you mine for ideas for your creative self and how do you maintain that creative energy? How can all of this be translated for effective practices as educators? What are the other possibilities/opportunities for artistic growth from other disciplines that can you bring to your classroom? In addition, how is "choice" a creative factor? Let's unpack this!

Research-based references by Greene, Gude, Perkins, Tharp, and a host of other current thinkers/artists will be shared, in order to nurture reflection of our current practice with our K12 and higher education students. We'll be mapping, making, moving and thinking together-get ready to be inspired!

Please bring sketchbook and/or notebook, favorite art(s) supplies (if you have them), laptop/iPad/phone/camera for research and documentation of work, and your reflective selves! Dress comfortably for "the studio." Some supplies will be provided.

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.

Promoting your Fine Arts Program to Put It on the Map
Presented by: Charles Aguillon
Aguillon will share strategiesfor building suport for district fine arts programs, detailing Lake Travis ISD's journey over the past five years. He will discuss how the community supported almost $8 million in a recent bond program for the arts as well as strategies used in branding, parent education, and involvement while growing programs in numbers and in quality.

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.

K-16 Design Thinking
Presented by: Peter Hyland, Shoshana McIntosh, Krissi Oden, Catherine Lopez
A three-year partnership between the University of North TexasCollege of Visual Arts and Design, spearheaded by the college's Jo Ann and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design,and Denton ISD received a $75,000 grant from The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundationto support the partnership's research and curriculum development through Design Thinking.

The project breaks new ground in the cultivation of students' creative and critical capabilities and fosters collaboration, leadership and innovation through a specialized visual arts curriculum. Because Design Thinking content overlaps with other subject areas such as science and engineering, the project also seeks to create opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.

Design Thinking is a loosely linked group of concepts and practices that foster and harness creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. It empowers students to identify and frame problems and conceives failure as a necessary step toward achieving shared goals, emphasizing process over product. Key elements of Design Thinking include empathy, ideation, iteration and assessment.

During the partnership, UNT College of Visual Arts and Design faculty Michael Gibson, Peter Hyland, and Keith Owens co-taught and collaborated with Denton ISD K-12 art educators and students to expand the district-wide secondary art curriculum. These insights made from this partnership are helping both organizations advance college/career readiness and student success efforts as K-12 students matriculate to a university setting.

Peter Hyland:    As Director of the Onstead Institute, Peter Hyland collaborates with College of Visual Arts and Design faculty and students and community partners to fulfill the Institute's mission of developing, supporting, and sustaining innovative art and design practices and processes for K-12 education through a program of research, project administration, and public dissemination of information. He joined the University of North Texas' CVAD in 2015. Prior to this, he held various positions within the fields of the visual and performing arts, creative writing, education, and fundraising at other prominent institutions, including the Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Honors College at the University of Houston (UH), North Lake College, Inprint, Houston Grand Opera, and Writers in the Schools. He has also lectured, presented, and served on panels at Carnegie Vanguard High School, St. John's School, and Rice University. As a fundraiser, Hyland helped secure support for exhibitions at the Menil Collection such as Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 (2014); Nice. Luc Tuymans (2013); Untitled (Structures): Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with Bradford Young (2013); and Claes Oldenburg: Strange Eggs (2012), among others. He also worked on the capital campaigns for the Menil Drawing Institute and the MFAH Bayou Bend Visitor Center. He is the author of the poetry collection Out Loud (Sheep Meadow Press, 2013). His poems, book reviews, and articles have also appeared in American Literary Review, Conduit, Green Mountains Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Hyland earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas in 2002 and an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry from the University of Houston in 2007.

Shoshana McIntosh:    Shoshana McIntosh provides administrative support to the Onstead Institute and its programs, assisting the director, CVAD staff, faculty, and students, and the broader K-12 art education community. With a background in teaching art, reading, math, yoga, and English as a foreign language, Shoshana also helps lead student and teacher workshops. She is currently a graduate student in Art Education at UNT where her focus is philosophy of education.

Krissi Oden:    Krissi Oden has a background in museum education, public education, and working in the art non-profit sector. Most recently, Krissi was a high school visual arts teacher in Denton ISD. She has over 15 years of experience in art education with a philosophy that focuses student centered teaching and learning. She holds a Master's degree in Art History from UNT, a Masters in Teaching in Art Education from TWU, and is currently an Art Education doctoral student at UNT. Krissi is the graduate research assistant for the Onstead Institute. Her work focuses on the partnership between the Institute and Denton ISD Fine Arts which centers around the creation of a fine arts curriculum that integrates design thinking into a UBD framework.

Catherine Lopez:    Catherine Lopez has over twenty years of teaching visual art at both the middle school and elementary levels in Plano ISD, Conroe ISD, and currently in Denton ISD at Rodriguez Middle School. Additionally, Mrs. Lopez has served on curriculum writing committees in both Plano ISD and currently in Denton ISD. She innovatively incorporates design thinking into her teaching practice, and is excited to share her experience.

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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