2016-17 Annual Report
Prepared by – Lisa Garbrecht, Ph.D. Asst. Director of Evaluation Services, UT Center for STEM Education
Over its 20+ year history, the TRC can boast of the following achievements while working to improve STEM education in Texas.
- Over four million students across Texas have benefited from the improved instruction and performance of participating teachers. The program has developed the knowledge, skills, and leadership capacity of approximately 46,000 teachers of science and mathematics through sustained and high intensity professional development. Many of these teachers serve as Science Teacher Mentors (STMs) and Mathematics Teacher Mentors (MTMs), and share their experiences with other teachers through mentoring, peer coaching, technical assistance, and workshops at the campus, district, and regional levels. Science and mathematics teachers in almost all of the state’s 254 counties have been the beneficiaries of this extensive statewide network.
- Transformed the culture of professional development into one that commits to a high quality, sustained, and results-driven support system that has a positive impact on teacher performance and student achievement.
- Received commendation from U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, policy makers, legislators, and business partners; inducted into the Texas Science Hall of Fame, and recognized by the Governor, the Senate and House of Representatives for distinguished achievements and contributions to supporting excellence in science education.
The TRC’s Impact on a Personal Level
Collaborative members are encourage to share their success stories with the TRC and their fellow educators.