TRC 20th Annual Meeting

Celebrating Excellence with the TRC: Past, Present, Future

June 17 – 19, 2014 | Renaissance Austin Hotel


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TRC 20th Annual Meeting Highlights

20th Annual Meeting Highlights

The Highlight Video for the 20th Annual Meeting is now online and ready for viewing.

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Annual Meeting Photos Are Now Online!

TRC Photos on FlickrThe TRC is using the photo sharing site Flickr to share photos from the TRC 20th Annual Meeting. Use the following links, to view, share, or downlaod photos from the 20th Annual Meeting.

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2014 Excellence Awards

WinnersThe TRC announced the winners of the 2014 Excellence Awards at the TRC 20th Annual Meeting held in June. We would like to congratulate all of our awardees and thank them again for their service and dedication to the mission of the TRC. View all the Winners


TRC 20th Annual Meeting in the News

Trib+Edu MagazineEvent: Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics


Texas State Aquarium

Aquarium Friend and Partner, Dr. Sheryl Roehl, Garners Distinguished Service Award from Texas Regional Collaboratives




Sched Online Schedule

Sched Online ScheduleTRC is using the online service Sched as our main schedule and session guide for the Twentieth Annual Meeting. You may access the TRC 20th Annual Meeting Schedule using any web browser. A mobile app is available for Apple iOS and Android users.



Dear Annual Meeting Attendees and Guests,

Welcome to the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC). For twenty three years, thousands of TRC teacher leaders, educators, professors, administrators, policy makers, and corporate partners have come together, stayed together, and worked together to build capacity in our schools and support excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for all students.



20th Annual Meeting Panel Discussion

Coming Together, Staying Together, and Working Together


In the spirit of the 20th annual meeting theme: Celebrating Excellence with the TRC: Past, Present, Future, four project directors will reflect on twenty years of coming together, staying together, and working together in support of excellence in STEM education.  The directors will engage in conversations around preserving the past, reflecting the present, and shaping the future of the TRC.

Read more about the 20th Annual Meeting Panel Discussion


Kick-Off Luncheon: Teaching and Mentoring Awards

Tuesday, June 17

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The TRC 20th Annual Meeting will Kick-Off at noon on Tuesday with a luncheon honoring TRC teachers for excellence in teaching and mentoring. Awards are sponsored by TRC corporate and foundation partners and given each year to a select group of educators nominated by their Project Directors for exceptional leadership and student support.


Showcase, Reception, and Dinner

Tuesday, June 17


Showcase and Reception

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Showcase and Reception features Math and Science Education displays and demonstrations from around the state along with complimentary refreshments.

Dinner and Program

7:00 p.m.

This year’s program features a panel discussion reflecting on 20 years of the TRC Annual Meeting. The program will also include the presentation of the TRC 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Dinner Speakers

Randy Bomer, Ph.D.

 Randy Bomer, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

College of Education

The University of Texas at Austin

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The Honorable Marsha Farney

Representative Marsha Farney, Ph.D.

Representative, District 20

Texas House of Representatives

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Barbara Cargill

Barbara Cargill

Chair, State Board of Education

SBOE District 8

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Stacy Avery

Stacy Avery

Math and Science Partnerships State Director

Texas Education Agency

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Keynote General Sessions


Jon Bergmann

Wednesday, June 18 at 8:00am

Jon Bergmann

We’ve Got Class Backwards: How the Flipped Classroom Puts Class Right-Side Up

Learn from Flipped Learning Pioneer Jon Bergmann about how the flipped classroom model puts the most important resource, the teacher, doing the most important things.  Hear how the model is transforming schools across the globe with its simple and easy to implement design.

Read Jon Bergmann’s Bio


Sacha Kopp

Thursday, June 19 at 8:00am

Sacha KoppWhat’s the Value of a College Education, and How Can K-12 and University Educators Work Together to Maximize that Value for Students?

Researchers have given us many lessons on how students can be prepared for success in college, revealing a complex mixture of academic factors and non-academic factors.  These include pre-college preparedness and research on how students learn, as well as non-academic factors about students’ self-identity formation and meaningful connection with their university.  At the same time, access to online educational content is changing how we view the value of a university education.  With this changing landscape and understanding of the value of college, how can K-12 and university educators work together to maximize students’ success in college and the value they take away from their education?

Read Sacha Kopp’s Bio


Featured Sessions

Tuesday, June 17

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.


Thinking About Children’s Thinking About Fractions

Susan EmpsonSusan Empson

Participants in this session will learn about the role of responsive teaching in the context of teaching fractions. With responsive teaching, educators make instructional decisions based on their students’ understanding of a specific topic as well as research on the development of children’s thinking about the topic. Dr. Empson will present examples of tasks, children’s work and teacher-student interactions as a part of this engaging presenatation.


 Read Susan Empson’s Bio



Technology for Digital Natives Entering our Elementary Schools

Gail LaubenthalGail Laubenthal

Teachers will learn what technology tools are available and appropriate for young students, the Digital Natives entering our classrooms today. Participants will see what students are doing with computers, iPads, digital cameras and digital microscopes, smartpens, interactive whiteboards, as well as Web 2.0 tools, apps, and web sites. Bring your laptop and/or iPad and “play” along! A wiki will be shared showing artifacts and resources that can be used when returning to school next year.

 Read Gail Laubenthal’s Bio


Linking Education and the Labor Market

Robin PainovichRobin Painovich, CAE

The value of a college education largely depends on the area of study. Learn how to help students make informed education and career choices based on their interests, goals and the realities of the labor market. Discover skill sets in demand by employers and trends that will drive job growth and the economy. Resources will be provided.

 Read Robin Painovich’s Bio



CyberPatriot and the Importance of Drawing Students to STEM

Bernar SkochBernard K. Skoch

AFA’s CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Education Program – motivates students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The program features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school students, CyberCamps, and an Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.

 Read Bernard Skoch’s Bio



Integrating Engineering into Math and Science Curricula

Johannes Strobel

Johannes StrobelCurrent efforts of Texas A&M University to support teachers integrating engineering will be described. After an introduction to engineering and research on learning engineering, the presentation will showcase preK-5 STEM learning modules co-developed by Texas A&M and ETA hand2mind and online learning opportunities for teachers


 Read Johannes Strobel’s Bio



TAME Trailblazer

TAME TrailblazerTAME staff will showcase the TAME Trailblazer and its effective use at Family Math and Science Night events. Session includes a tour of the Trailblazer and samples of free curriculum and lesson plans that can be used to extend the impact of a Trailblazer visit.

More information on the TAME Trailblazer at





Wednesday, June 18

12:00 p.m.

TEA - Texas Education Agency

Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems
Tim Regal
Educator Leadership and Quality

HB 5 Update
Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs



Shell-TRC STEM Career Fair

Wednesday, June 18

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

ShellThis year we are proud to present the first STEM Career Fair, which will take place along side the annual Vendor Fair.  Teachers will have the opportunity to meet representatives from STEM businesses and Institutes of Higher Education to learn more about the types of STEM careers available for today’s students and which Texas colleges or universities offer programs to support the education for those careers.

There will be a variety of STEM careers represented: Health Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Energy/Engineering, just to name a few.  All registered attendees are invited to attend this event.

See a list of participating organizations



TRC Vendor Fair

Wednesday, June 18

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

TRC STEM Vendor FairSTEM-related vendors will have educational materials on display and be available to answer questions. Attendees are invited to meet and mingle with vendor representatives in a relaxed, reception atmosphere without the crowds of a trade-show or the pressure of a sales call.

See a list of participation vendors