TRC 22nd Annual Meeting

Building the Bridge to Our STEM Future

June 21-23, 2016

Renaissance Austin Hotel | Austin, TX


Post-Annual Meeting Links

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TRC 22nd Annual Meeting Photos on FlickrHundreds of photos from the TRC 22nd Annual Meeting can be viewed and downloaded at full resolution from the TRC’s Flickr stream. They can also be viewed organized by album.





Telling  Our Story

TRC Telling Our Story

Take a look back at the sights and sounds of the 2015 TRC 21st Annual Meeting, as teachers share their TRC Stories. Learn more



The TRC Annual Meeting brings together teachers, education and business leaders, policy makers, and legislators to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the Collaboratives. As a three day professional development event, the Annual Meeting provides teachers with nearly 80 breakout sessions to choose from. Featured speakers range from STEM education researchers and innovators to business leaders and STEM professionals. The Annual Meeting also provides teachers with the opportunity to network and share ideas with fellow educators from outside their region and across the state.



Sched Online Schedule

Sched Online ScheduleTRC is using the online service Sched as our main schedule and session guide for the 22nd Annual Meeting. You may access the TRC 22nd Annual Meeting Schedule using any web browser. Mobile apps are available for both Apple iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) devices.




Kick-Off Luncheon – Teaching and Mentoring Awards

Tuesday, June 21, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Excellence AwardsThe TRC 22nd 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 and Dinner

Tuesday, June 21

  • Showcase 5:00 PM
  • Dinner 7:00 PM

ShowcaseOften described as a cross between a science fair and a carnival, the Showcase gives our Collaboratives a chance to show off their work with displays and demonstrations that often include hands-on activities, games, and more! Visitors are encouraged to interact with each booth as they tour the exhibit floor. Following the Showcase, dinner will be served in the hotel ballroom and features the Annual Meeting’s Keynote Speaker. The evening program will also include the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award.



Screening – Beyond Measure

With Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

Tuesday, June 21, 1:30 – 4:00 PM

After the opening luncheon, attendees will be invited to take a short walk over to the Regal Arbor Cinema for a special screening of the film Beyond Measure, followed by a Q&A with Director/Author Vicki Abeles.

About Beyond Measure

Beyond Measure Screening at TRC 22nd Annual Meeting

View Trailer for Beyond Measure (YouTube)

Beyond Measure follows a new vanguard of educators across the country who are pioneering a fresh vision for American schools. Pulling from expert research in education, child development, and cognitive and neuroscience, these leaders are creating a new type of classroom. They’re leading schools that redirect our focus away from homework, prizes, top grades and test scores. And they’re making room for curiosity, engagement, creativity, collaboration and independent thinking. By putting innovative models into practice, they’re finding inspiration in doing things differently – and changing how and what we teach. [from IMDb]

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General Session Speakers


Michael Young

Field Experiences of a Geoscientist: The Fun Side of STEM

Michael Young - General Session Speaker TRC 22nd Annual MeetingDr. Michael Young is Associate Director for Environmental Research and Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin. In this capacity, he coordinates research programs for a group of ~30 scientists involved in a variety of research spanning energy/water issues, geological sequestration of CO2, groundwater recharge processes, water quality and resources, coastal processes and geological mapping. Previously, he served as the Acting Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences and a Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, in Nevada. He left DRI with the academic rank of Research Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science (specializing in soil physics and hydrology) from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Young has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, more than 100 presentations at scholarly meetings, and many other technical reports. He just completed a 3-year term as Editor of the Vadose Zone Journal and he sits on numerous other committees in scholarly organizations. His personal research interests and experiences include water/energy nexus; water and land impacts from energy development; groundwater recharge; and the connection between water resources, landscape development, and human interactions.


Brian Ellis

Building A Solid Foundation for that Bridge to the Future

Brian EllisDrawing on the stories of groundbreaking scientists from the past, storyteller, author, and science educator Brian “Fox” Ellis will help us transport our students into the future of citizen science and crowd-sourced data collection. Did you know Darwin patented a technological adaptation on the microscope still used today and long before the internet, he pioneered crowd-sourced data collection? As Gregor Mendel, Fox will give us a foundation in genetics and challenge us in a debate of genetics and ethics. Performing as Meriwether Lewis, we will be immersed in watersheds, GPS mapping, and water quality issues. John James Audubon was the first to band a bird and prove they migrate, his work laid a foundation for a broad host of citizen science projects; Fox will share several lessons that engage your students in field ecology. Throughout this performance Fox will model ways to bring the history of science to life and use these transformational moments to engage your students in STEM based inquiry.


Philip Uri Treisman

The Learning Mindset Movement and Its Implications for Addressing Opportunity Gaps

Philip Uri Treisman - General Session Speaker - TRC 22nd Annual MeetingBrief educational interventions derived from recent advances in social psychology and learning theory have been demonstrated to substantially increase students’ productive persistence in tackling mathematics problems. Dr. Treisman will describe highlights of the relevant theory, their implications for instruction and equity, and the need for ethical guidelines when using psychological interventions in education.


TRC Vendor Fair

Wednesday, June 22, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

TRC Annual Meeting 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. A complete list of vendors will be release, after vendor registration closes.



Closing Luncheon – Awards and Sharing

Thursday, June 23, 12:00 – 2:00 PM


Securing Resources to Bring STEM Instruction to the Next Level

James Walter DoyleWalter Doyle

Director of Policy and Expansion

This presentation will help teachers navigate, a website that allows teachers to request the materials they need for the classroom. Those requests are then funded by both citizen and corporate donors. Teachers will be guided through the process, and then provided with “insider” tips on how to guarantee their project will be funded thanks to the numerous funding opportunities that are available.


Nita Beth Camp Legacy Awards

Nita Beth Camp Legacy AwardsThese awards are presented to two TRC Project Directors in honor of a lifetime of dedication and commitment to quality education for Texas teachers and students, exemplified by Nita Beth Camp (1940-2007), Founding Project Director of Region 7 Science Collaborative.