TRC 23rd Annual Meeting 2017

Celebrating STEM Superheroes

June 27-29, 2017

Renaissance Austin Hotel | Austin, TX


TRC 23rd Annual Meeting Award Winners the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting, the winners of the 2017 TRC Teaching and Mentoring Excellence Awards were announced, along with the Nita Beth Camp Legacy Awardees, our 2017 Distinguished Service Award honoree, and of course the always popular Showcase Awards. View Award Winners.




TRC 23rd Annual Meeting Photos

TRC 23rd Annual Meeting PhotosLooking for photos from the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting? Check out the TRC’s Flickr account for 100s of photos from the event, including the Showcase, breakout sessions, speakers, group photos and more! All photos may be downloaded at full size for printing or share your favorites via social media. Browse all photos or view by categorized albums.



Thank you to the TRC Community for making the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting a success!


Sched Online Schedule

Sched Online ScheduleThe full schedule and session guide for the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting is live! Participants can now get a head start reviewing session descriptions and planning their Annual Meeting experience. Mobile apps for iOS and Android devices are available, as well as mobile web and calendar integration for iCal, Google, and Outlook calendars. View Online Schedule


Welcome, STEM Superheroes!

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. It’s also a lot of fun, with hands-on activities, games, cheers, and even some pirates.


Liz Murray

TRC 23rd Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

Liz Murray will share her story of going from homeless to Harvard with Texas STEM educators at the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting.

Liz MurrayWe’re excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting will be Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. Murray’s inspirational story of overcoming being raised in a home broken by addiction and homelessness to become a graduate of Harvard University is one that seems to resonate deeply with teachers. To say that being a teacher is challenging is as obvious as it is an understatement, but for most teachers knowing that they can make a difference in a student’s life provides the drive to keep going. And within Liz Murray’s story lies proof of the impact a teacher can have. The TRC Annual Meeting has always been part STEM professional development conference and part pep-rally, and this year’s keynote will ensure that the educators in attendance will leave motivated to look out for any Liz Murrays in their schools. Read more about Liz Murray here.


A Look Back at 2016

Whether you’re reliving the fun and camaraderie of last year or getting yourself psyched up for this year, take a look back at 2016’s TRC 22nd Annual Meeting to see how the value of the TRC turns teachers into STEM Superheroes.


Kick-Off Luncheon – Teaching and Mentoring Awards

Tuesday, June 27, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Penny Schwinn, TEAThe TRC 23rd Annual Meeting will Kick-Off at noon on Tuesday with a luncheon honoring TRC teachers for excellence in teaching and mentoring. Awards, sponsored by TRC corporate and foundation partners, are given each year to a select group of educators nominated by their Project Directors for exceptional leadership and student support. The TRC is also excited to have Penny Schwinn, Deputy Commissioner of Academics at the Texas Education Agency, as the featured speaker during the luncheon. Looking tot he future, Dr. Schwinn will address Texas STEM priorities in the era of ESSA.


Showcase and Dinner

Tuesday, June 27

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 feature Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, as this the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting’s Keynote Speaker.


General Session

Wednesday, June 28, 8:00 AM

Redefining Success: Supporting All Students to Reach Their Full Potential

Juli K. Dixon, Ph.D. – Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Central Florida (UCF)

Juli K. Dixon, PhD

Juli Dixon provides a unique perspective on how to support each and every student to learn. She uses classroom video and her own experiences as a parent of children with special needs to make sense of differentiated instruction. In this engaging talk, participants will explore strategies to close achievement gaps in sustainable ways so that all students can reach their full potential.

About Juli K. Dixon – Dr. Dixon is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She coordinates the award-winning Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy Master of Education in K–8 mathematics and science and the PhD in mathematics education. Dr. Dixon is focused on improving teachers’ mathematics knowledge for teaching, so they can communicate and justify mathematical ideas and also expect their students to explain their mathematical thinking.


TRC Vendor Fair

Wednesday, June 28, 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.


General Session

Thursday, June 29, 8:00 AM

Knocking down barriers with technology

Eli Luberoff – Founder & CEO, Desmos Inc

Eli Luberoff, Founder & CEO, Desmos IncOne-to-one. Accessibility. Personalization. Internationalization. Low floor. High ceiling. What do these all have in common? Each is intended to make mathematics work for every student. Not just the confident students, not just the struggling students, every student. We’ll explore the technology and techniques that can open doors, challenge the bored, empower the disempowered, enable the disabled, and turn every student into a mathematics student.

About Eli Luberoff – Eli began his programming life on his TI-83 graphing calculator in elementary school, culminating with a working version of Monopoly which was destroyed when he removed the backup battery by accident. He is the CEO of Desmos, which he founded in 2011. He was selected that year by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the top 25 entrepreneurs under 25. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with degrees in Math and Physics in 2009.


Closing Luncheon – Awards and Sharing

Thursday, June 29, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

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.




Center for STEM Education Wordmark - ColorThe Texas Regional Collaboratives is a program of the Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin, which provides support for, and fosters collaboration among, researchers interested in conducting externally-funded interdisciplinary research on STEM teaching and learning, the conditions that influence it, and innovations that can maximize it. The Center for STEM Education also provides professional development for STEM teachers in Texas schools.