June 26-28, 2018
Renaissance Austin Hotel | Austin, TX
A look back at the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting
The TRC Community
Tuesday, June 25
Kick-Off Luncheon – Teaching and Mentoring Awards
The TRC 24th 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.
TRC Showcase and Dinner
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 will feature our keynote speaker as well as the announcement of this year’s TRC Distinguished Service Award winner.
John Urschel, former center for the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team, is now a mathematics researcher and Ph.D. candidate at MIT. He’ll share his journey from the gridiron to working with graphs of a different kind.
Wednesday, June 27
General Session, 8:00 AM
Providing equitable opportunities to learn mathematics: inclusion and strength focused culturally responsive and sustaining teaching
Jodie Hunter and Dr. Bobbie Hunter
In New Zealand a disproportionally large number of Pasifika students achieve at lower levels than their Asian and European fellow students in the schooling system. However, we know that their achievements and failures are not dependent on their own efforts; they are the product of culturally situated forms of social interaction which they meet in mathematics classrooms. In this talk Bobbie and Jodie will explore the opportunities and/or barriers which affect the learning of this group of students in differential ways. Taking a strength-based approach they will present ways the home cultures and values can be used as learning tools to empower Pasifika and other diverse students. They will draw on classroom episodes to show how the role teachers take in the classroom is central to how their students participate and communicate effectively in mathematics. They will illustrate how ensuring that all students learn to explain and justify their mathematical reasoning, inquire into and explore the reasoning of others’ and justify or challenge this reasoning, as appropriate, is a critical equity issue if these students are to be given opportunities to learn deep and rich conceptual understandings of mathematics. (Check out, Maths a family passion, to learn more.)
Exhibitor Fair, 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.
- National Science Teachers Assoc.-NSTA
- Nepris, Inc.
- Scientific Minds, LLC
- SmartSchool Systems
- TeachTransform, Inc.
- Texas Instruments, Inc.
- Texas STEM Coalition
- Vernier Software & Technology
- Ward’s Science
Thursday, June 28
General Session, 8:00 AM
Okhee Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of Childhood Education, NYU Steinhardt
Session title and description TBA
Closing Luncheon – Awards and Sharing
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.
The 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.