Brenda Weiser Receives Award from International Education Group

brendaweiser_160x200Washington, DC – Brenda Weiser, associate professor of science education in the School of Education at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, has received the highest honor from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The Jeske Award recognizes outstanding service to NAAEE and leadership within the profession.

Weiser attended the NAAEE conference in Portland, Oregon, on October 9, 2009, to accept the honor.

”As an environmental educator, I have met many outstanding individuals,” said Weiser. “I’ve read about former leaders and how each contributed to our profession. I am in awe of the past recipients, but to receive the Walt Jeske Award is most humbling and to be recognized by your peers, in any profession, is the highest tribute one can achieve. I am honored to be a Jeske Award winner.”

A member for 20 years, Weiser was instrumental in developing NAAEE’s professional standards known as the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence. With these Guidelines as a base, NAAEE also is working with its Affiliates to develop a professional recognition system for nonformal environmental education providers to help enhance their standing with employers and their peers. Weiser chairs the Certification Advisory Council that is determining standards by which NAAEE will accredit the certification programs.


Pam Baldree of the TRC Region 12 Collaborative Wins Science Award and Mentor Teacher of the Year

pambaldree_322x221Corsicana Daily Sun 9/22/08
Blooming Grove Elementary fifth grade science teacher Pam Baldree has been honored with the Shell Oil Company Teaching Award for her exemplary performance and excellence in teaching science. She was also recognized by the Education Service Center Region 12 Science Collaborative as the mentor teacher of the year for 2007-2008.


Taking Legislation from Capitol Hill to the Classroom the Focus of Texas Regional Collaboratives Conference

14th Annual Meeting
trc14tham_600x400The program cover for the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC) 14th Annual Meeting features a picture of the Texas State Capitol alongside scenes from science and math classrooms, perfectly embodying the theme of this year’s event – “From Legislation to Implementation: Achieving Excellence in STEM Education.”

“Excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is something of a mantra for educators, policymakers and employers”, said Dr. Kamil A. Jbeily, TRC founder and executive director. The TRC’s goal, as an organization, is to provide high quality, research-based, and sustained professional development for teachers to help them excel in an environment of complex and rapidly changing state and national standards.


Not Your Mama’s Science Class: Cool lessons in hot science delivered by new education symposium

Center for Science and Mathematics Education

Published as a Feature Story on the University of Texas at Austin Web Site, July 14th, 2008
This May the center added a new component to its highly successful program, launching the Symposium for Young Scholars in Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Science (SYSTEMS) for Texas students. First- through 10th-graders in San Angelo Independent School District’s (ISD) Gifted and Talented Program were invited to The University of Texas at Austin campus for a day of interactive, discovery-oriented, age-appropriate lessons and activities led by graduate students in science and mathematics education and TRC staff members. Including the San Angelo teachers and administrators, about 150 guests attended the new event.



Future Science, Technology and Business Leaders Declare Science Symposium “Awesome!”

News Published at the UT College of Education Web Site, May 23, 2008

If you don’t believe it, ask the 150 students and teachers from San Angelo Independent School District who attended the Center for Science and Mathematics Education’s Young Scholars Science/Math Symposium at The University of Texas at Austin. “We hope that all of these students take many, many math and science courses and retain an interest in technology, science and math for their entire lives. It’s been such a pleasure to help empower San Angelo teachers and students in their quest for excellence in teaching and learning.” — Dr. Kamil A. Jbeily, TRC founder and executive director This is the first year for the center to offer the symposium, and it was attended by students in grades 1-10 in San Angelo ISD’s Gifted and Talented Program. The half-day event featured age-appropriate, experiential learning activities taught by graduate students in science and mathematics education and staff members of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC).