Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Are You Ready for SummerFest 2016?

Are You Ready for SummerFest 2016? 
Full STEAM Ahead: Powered by Theater!

The K-12 Committee is preparing for SummerFest 2016, Full STEAM Ahead: Powered by Theater!

SummerFest 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best summer events yet! Please put it on your calendar: July 15-July 17 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. 

Deadline to submit a Workshop Proposal: NOW!! We need all workshop proposals by JUNE 1! It’s easier than ever to submit one. Just follow the link: 


Deadline to Register for SummerFest is June 15th. It’s only $90 AND for registering early, you’ll get an awesome t-shirt for free!! Don’t forget – if you submit two or more workshops, you are eligible for a reduced registration rate of $75! Use this link to register: 


To register for a dorm visit:

WHY should you attend SummerFest in San Marcos? Here are just a few reasons:
·                     More university/college-level and professional presenters.
·                     San Marcos is full of shopping, outdoor adventures and offers lots of artistic things to do after workshops!
·                     SummerFest is a great time to network and obtain new ideas for your classroom.
·                     There are no students at this workshop! It’s all about teaching and networking!
·                     Obtain your professional development hours before the start of the new school year!

Workshop proposals are still being submitted, but here’s a sneak-peek of some of the workshops you’ll enjoy this summer (There are a ton of “make-and-takes”!!):


·                     Stage Management
·                     New Play Staged-Readings
·                     Special Performances and Guest Speakers 
·                     Thespian Troupe How-To’s
·                     Costuming
·                     Script Swaps
·                     Elementary, Middle and High School Interest Meetings
·                     UIL OAP
·                     Dance
·                     Classroom Management
·                     Guidebook
·                     Working in Google – Using Google in the Classroom for collaboration
·                     Dramaturgy
·                     Improv and Theater Games
·                     New Theater TEKS
·                     Tech Theater – Set Building
·                     Acting
·                     Playwriting



Also, there are several K-12 Committee member positions that will be up for re-election at TheatreFest 2017! If you are interested in becoming more involved in our great organization, you may nominate yourself or a friend for one of these positions! They do not have to be present at SummerFest to be nominated. If you have any questions, please contact our current K-12 Chair-Elect, Gena Lea Smith at k12.chairelect@tetatx.com. Nomination Forms will be available during SummerFest at the main Registration Desk.

The following spots will be open:
·         HS At-Large
·         MS At-Large
·         Elementary Interest
·         Chair-Elect

The TETA Board of Directors and the K-12 Committee have been very busy since TheatreFest, working to strengthen our organization and our K-12 Section. I am honored to work with such an amazing and dedicated group of people!

The K-12 Committee and I wish you a great start to summer!

Full STEAM Ahead! Into summer break we go! We hope to see you at SummerFest 2016!

Jenae Glanton

K-12 Chair

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

TETA Board of Directors Nominations

It is once again time to nominate members for the upcoming vacancies on the TETA Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee of the BoD would welcome nominations from the membership. 

 The available positions include President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, and At-Large Position 1. The President-Elect is a six year commitment, serving two years as President-Elect, two as President, and two as Immediate Past President. Since the current President-Elect is from the College/University membership, the committee will give special consideration to nominees from the K-12 ranks. The Treasurer-Elect is a four year commitment, with two years as Treasurer-elect and two as Treasurer. Finally, the At-Large 1 position is a two year term, and should be from the K-12 membership. The duties of these offices can be found on the TETA website in the By-Laws and the Manual of Operations. 

 Obviously, these are important positions in the leadership of TETA and the nominees should be prepared to rise to the challenge. The board meets no fewer than three times a year, including the annual convention, and at such times as deemed necessary by the President of the board. Any active member is eligible to serve. A member may self-nominate, or submit the name of a colleague for consideration. 

 To make a nomination, please submit the name of the individual and the office for which you are nominating them, along with a brief statement of their affiliations (e.g., employment, TETA involvement, etc.), a brief statement of why you think they would make a good board member, and contact information for the nominee. 

 You will find an electronic Board Member Nomination Form on the TETA website under the File Cabinet tab or you can follow this link:  https://docs.google.com/a/tetatx.com/forms/d/1VdDOzhj_LfBARPLGTmUVCi0GEzXR-lOWfokYsusxtXo/viewform

 You may send any questions you might have electronically, to Charlie Hukill, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at president.elect@tetatx.com , by phone at 325-698-1399, or by U.S Post to 
1933 Highland Ave.
Abilene, TX 79605. 

 The Board of Directors of TETA exists to serve the membership and urges you to play an active role in the governance of the organization.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The K-12 Section – Full STEAM Ahead!

TheatreFest 2016 “Dream Big. Make Magic. Make a Difference” was truly about collaboration and service. It was a time for reflection, learning and catching up with friends! Our Board of Directors, our committees and our convention staff are truly remarkable. I am filled with admiration and gratitude to all that made TheatreFest 2016 a success. Their work was MAGIC and truly made a DIFFERENCE!

It is an absolute honor to serve you, the K-12 Membership. It is a true blessing to be surrounded by so many amazing theater educators, who never cease to learn, to inspire and to DREAM BIG!


Some facts about the K-12 section:
Did you know?

K-12 makes up approximately 87% of TETA’s general membership!

What does the K-12 Committee do?
  • At TheatreFest: The K-12 Committee works as convention staff members, we present workshops, set up the K-12 Table, promote SummerFest, attend interest meetings, business meetings and all of the “All-Convention” Events.
  • At SummerFest: The K-12 Committee operates, manages and programs the event. We schedule workshops, manage a donation station for members, prepare food, hotel and entertainment options for our members.
  • During the year: The K-12 Committee maintains an open line of communication with all members via social media and email. We also serve as a source for teachers who are looking for resources for their curricular and/or extra-curricular programs.
At TheatreFest 2016, you voted to help create our new K-12 Committee. I am delighted to introduce the team. Here’s how you can contact them:

Sara Schochler – K-12 VP Past Chair: k12.pastchair@tetatx.com

Gena Lea Smith – K-12 VP Elect: k12.chairelect@tetatx.com

Maggie Rodriguez – K-12 Secretary: k12.secretary@tetatx.com

K’Lynn Childress – K-12 High School Interest Chair: k12.hsinterest@tetatx.com

Claudia McCotter – K-12 High School At-Large: k12.hsatlarge@tetatx.com

Reina Johnson – K-12 Middle School Interest Chair: k12.msinterest@tetatx.com

Justin Elliott – K-12 Middle School At-Large: k12.msatlarge@tetatx.com

Davina Fangman – K-12 Elementary Interest Chair: k12.eleminterest@tetatx.com

Beth Wallace – K-12 Elementary At-Large: k12.elematlarge@tetatx.com

You can also contact us via the following Facebook pages. Just post a question/concern and we will be happy to answer/address it for you:

Full STEAM Ahead! Summer will be here before we know it! Planning for SummerFest 2016 is underway! In the coming months, the K-12 Committee will work hard to prepare for SummerFest 2016 in San Marcos. I promise that the K-12 Committee will do everything we can to make this SummerFest the BEST yet! Join us at Texas State University; July 15 - July 17, 2016. Our theme is: Full STEAM Ahead: Powered by THEATER! 
SummerFest Website:  http://www.tetatx.com/home/conventions/summerfest

We have some exciting things planned! We encourage you to share your best lesson in a workshop session at SummerFest 2016. Workshop proposals forms are online. Click HERE to submit a workshop proposal.

Early Bird Registration is available ($90). Register early for this special discounted rate and receive a SummerFest 2016 T-Shirt! Remember, K-12 Educators teaching two or more workshops receive $15 off their registration price! College/University Presenters will receive perks too! We are also looking for a great crew of volunteers. Sign up today! Just visit: http://www.tetatx.com/conventions/summerfest

Please know that the K-12 Section serves YOU. We are fully committed to supporting you and in turn, supporting our students and the future of this organization. We are here to ensure that your voice is heard. We strive to listen to your suggestions and to make things better at every meeting, every workshop, and at every convention. Please do not hesitate to contact your K-12 Committee members any time!

Let’s continue to combine our talents, our voices and our passion for educational theater! Let’s continue to DREAM BIG, MAKE MAGIC and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Wishing you a marvelous spring semester and successful UIL OAP season. We look forward to seeing you at SummerFest 2016!

Jenae Glanton
TETA Board of Directors
K-12 Chair
k12.chair@tetatx.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

TheatreFest 2016 is Almost Here!

HEY TETA!!!!

THEATREFEST  ’16 – DREAM BIG! MAKE MAGIC! MAKE A DIFFERENCE – IS ALMOST HERE!

YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CONVENTION DIRECTORS AND THEIR STAFFS ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN AS NEXT WEEK’S CONFERENCE BLOSSOMS!  WE HOPE YOU ARE AS EXCITED ABOUT ATTENDING AS WE ARE ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT IS PLANNED FOR YOU.

GUIDEBOOK IS UP!  ADD THE APP TO YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO AND SET UP YOUR OWN SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS TO ATTEND FOR EACH DAY!

WE ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO ATTEND OUR OPENING-DAY CONVOCATION AT 2:00 PM IN THE LANDMARK BALLROOM.  GREAT ENTERTAINMENT IS PLANNED THAT WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED BY TALENTS OF POET AND AWARD-WINNING TEACHER JOAQUIN ZIHUATANEJO, WHILE MIKE DOOCY OF FOX 4 NEWS IN DALLAS WILL SERVE AS OUR MASTER OF CEREMONY.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU NEED TO ATTEND BECAUSE CONVOCATION GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE IN THE THEATRE WORLD OF TEXAS.  IT IS IN THIS WORLD WHERE WE CELEBRATE THE ART THAT IS OUR PASSION AND CONGREGATE AS A UNIFIED COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS AND TECHNICIANS. 

AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONVOCATION, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY FOR TETA’S ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING.  IN ADDITION TO ELECTIONS THAT WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR THE OFFICES OF AT-LARGE 2 POSITION, SECRETARY AND HISTORIAN, BOARD MEMBERS WILL SHARE REPORTS THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT THE STATE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOU.  SAFE TRAVELS. 


TETA ROCKS!

TRAVIS POE
PRESIDENT, TETA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Monday, January 18, 2016

Curriculum is NOT a Dirty Word

Curriculum is not a dirty word. In our present day schools, many teachers may feel that way because we are usually talking about it and its relationship to the dreaded “state assessments.” Thankfully, Texas theatre teachers and directors are still given a great deal of freedom to develop their own curriculum with the guidance of the new TEKS. We are free to set our own learning goals and define our own criteria for student achievement. We are free!!

But with freedom comes responsibility and I would caution teachers to work with the other teachers within your district. The TEKS are created to give us building blocks toward developing and maturing theatre artists in all fields as well as enriching the lives of students through the attributes of a quality theatre education. Attributes such as self-discipline, cultivated imaginations, collaborative skills, and insightful creativity give students educated in theatre an advantage in whatever field of study they choose beyond high school. As theatre educators, our job is to provide them with the opportunities to develop those attributes.

With that in mind, there are ideas we can borrow from the broader world of curriculum, instruction and assessment. First of all, I would encourage all districts to develop a vertically aligned curriculum outlining specific content and concepts for each grade level, K-12. Creating a common theatre vocabulary for the district aids students in continuing to internalize the artistic theatrical processes. Bundling the TEKS and creating long-term units of study are particularly beneficial to a process/concept-oriented subject like theatre arts. Finally, the core subjects stole an idea from us when they introduced the idea of rubrics some twenty years ago. We have always benefited from creating and teaching scoring guides for performance in our theatre arts classroom. Developing those rubrics enhance our teaching by clarifying for the students and us what it means to produce quality theatre.

In conclusion, I hope all theatre educators will revisit the idea of teaching and working within a curriculum developed with their colleagues and vertically aligned from K-12. It is crucial to maintain our freedom to create the Magic and enhance the Dreams of our students. Many of these ideas will be discussed during the TETA Curriculum Workshop on Unit Building at TheatreFest 2016. Hope to see you there. If you cannot make the convention or the workshop, you can contact me at curriculum@tetatx.com.

Terri L. Castleberry
TETA Curriculum Chair, 2015-2017