This email is for those registered for the Summit XX Presummit Session - Addressing Students' Academic Identities through Fine Arts. You can pick up your registration materials at 9:00 AM on Jun 13th with Pre-Summit Sessions starting at 10:00 AM in the Airport Hilton in Austin Texas.

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.
I am excited to collaborate with those of you that will be attending the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts Summit XX and specifically the Pre-Summit workshop, Addressing Students' Academic Identities through Fine Arts. We, as fine arts teachers have the tools to purposefully assist students develop healthy perspectives about their identity that can contribute to academic success.

Academic success is directly connected to the way in which students search to define who they are. The search for identity reflects personal characteristics that affect academic performance. We will investigate how studentsí might communicate and support their personal identity through the arts to convey specific ideas about themselves, expand their knowledge of interconnections from self to community to increase responsibility for academic achievement.

Please bring a laptop or iPad, pen, pencil, highlighter, paper and TEKS chart. Please dress appropriately for minimal movement. We will develop strategies for addressing personal identity and academic success that connect to the Fine Arts TEKS .

Get ready for an exhilarating time as you attend the twentieth anniversary of the Center for Educator Development of Fine Arts Summit in Austin on Thursday, June 13. I have been fortunate to attend and present at over half of the 19 summits and they get better and better each year.

I am looking forward to us meeting soon.



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