Building the Bridge to Our STEM Future
June 21-23, 2016
Renaissance Austin Hotel | Austin, TX
Post-Annual Meeting Links
- TRC 2016 Annual Meeting – We are the TRC!
- TRC 2016 Excellence Award Winners
- TRC 2016 Nita Beth Camp Legacy Award Winners
- TRC 22nd Annual Meeting Showcase and Awards
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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.
Kick-Off Luncheon – Teaching and Mentoring Awards
Tuesday, June 21, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
The 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
Often 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
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]
General Session Speakers
- Associate Director – Environmental Systems
- Bureau of Economic Geology
- The University of Texas at Austin
Field Experiences of a Geoscientist: The Fun Side of STEM
Dr. 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.
- Storyteller and Author
- Fox Tales International
Building A Solid Foundation for that Bridge to the Future
Drawing 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
- Executive Director, The Charles A. Dana Center
- Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Public Affairs
- The University of Texas at Austin
The Learning Mindset Movement and Its Implications for Addressing Opportunity Gaps
Brief 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
STEM-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
Director of Policy and Expansion
This presentation will help teachers navigate DonorsChoose.org, 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
These 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.
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Showcase Set-up
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Opening Luncheon / Awards
1:00 – 1:30 PM Break/Walk to Arbor Cinema
1:30 – 4:00 PM Screening: Beyond Measure w/Vicki Abeles
5:00 – 6:45 PM Showcase and Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM Dinner and Program
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15 AM Michael Young (Bureau of Economic Geology)
9:30 – 10:30 AM SESSION 2
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 – 11:45 AM SESSION 3
12:00 – 1:45 PM Brian Ellis (Fox Tales International)
2:00 – 3:00 PM SESSION 4
3:00 – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 – 4:15 PM SESSION 5
4:30 – 6:30 PM Vendor Fair
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15 AM General Session TBA
9:30 – 10:30 AM SESSION 6
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 – 11:45 AM SESSION 7
12:00 – 2:00 PM Closing Luncheon / Awards / Sharing