Teacher and District Benefits

Each Collaborative offers a variety of benefits that may vary depending on the program. The following is a sampling:

  • Access to high quality research-based professional development at no cost to the teacher or school.
  • Free instructional materials for classroom implementation of the professional development.
  • Leadership opportunities to present at district, state, and national conferences and professional meetings.
  • Networking with a group of professionals dedicated to honing their craft and achieving STEM education excellence.
  • Building relationships with professors in Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Stipends for summer or weekend attendance.
  • Support for completion of graduate courses or degrees.


Teacher Responsibilities

Mentor Teachers (STMs/MTMs) are expected to:

  • Complete 100 contact hours of professional development focused on improvements in science or mathematics content knowledge.
  • Take a pre/post test of their content knowledge.
  • Mentor other teachers referred to as Cadre Members (CMs), and share strategies, resources and materials with entire school.
  • Keep school administration informed about the Regional Collaborative professional development activities and their impact on student achievement.


District Responsibilities

Campuses and/or districts are expected to:

  • Provide STMs/MTMs with release time as agreed to in the teacher application to join the Regional Collaborative.
  • Work with the Regional Collaborative to collect data about the impact of the TRC on student achievement (i.e. TAKS/STAAR scores, TMSDS measures).
  • Support STMs/MTMs to provide mentoring and assistance for other district teachers (CMs).
  • Use the TRC structure to scale up and maximize improvements in STEM teaching and learning.
  • Provide facilities for Regional Collaborative training if necessary.