June 26 – 28, 2013
Dear Annual Meeting Attendees and Guests,
Welcome to the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC). For twenty two 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.
This year’s theme, Sparking Excellence in STEM Education, challenges us to renew our commitment to join forces with our education, state, and corporate partners to empower our teachers to provide excellence in teaching and learning to prepare a highly educated and skilled workforce for an increasingly scientific and technological workplace.
Successful collaboration among all of us in the STEM education community will help our schools achieve rigor and relevance, and spark excellence in science and mathematics teaching and learning. Transforming the culture of STEM education is an imperative for our state and the nation to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing 21st Century.
The TRC team has worked diligently to develop an informative and stimulating program of STEM presentations, demonstrations, exhibits, and panel discussions that embody the foundation and substance of high quality science and mathematics teaching and learning, and their connection to professional development and workforce preparation.
To our major partner, the Texas Education Agency, our corporate partners, and all of our P-16 partners, I express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for helping us mark another milestone of achievements in the service of STEM education and workforce development.
Thank you for taking the time to join us for another exciting professional experience!
For Shree, there is no end to learning. As a kid playing in sprinklers, each droplet of water held a fascination for her and every bug she ran shrieking away from had a story. She has been participating in science fairs since her first project—she turned spinach blue—to her project on drug resistance in ovarian cancer. Shree’s scientific journey is about more than gaining knowledge, it’s about holding onto awe and a sense of wonder in her approach to problems. This awe led to her interest in biology and the study of life she was introduced to as a high school student at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX, and to her involvement in cancer research at age 15. She believes that it will be the same awe that will help her to achieve her dreams of becoming a medical researcher and physician. Her supervised research for her award-winning project involved the study of a particular protein, AMP kinase, of interest in cancer cells. Through tests on inhibiting this protein’s activity, her research determined its extreme importance in the development of chemotherapy resistance. She proposed a new way to treat resistant patients when they no longer respond to the chemotherapy drug. For the over 240,000 patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer, this research will reduce the recurrence rates in patients treated with particular chemotherapy drugs. Shree was honored as the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural Google Global Science Fair, and has showcased her research to President Obama, NIH directors, and as a speaker at the Google Zeitgeist Conference in Phoenix and TEDxWomen. She is a recipient of the GDIAAC Youth Achievement Award given by the Indian Minister of Commerce and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s 21 Amazing Women of the Year in 2011. She hopes to pursue a future career in science and medicine at Harvard, where she is a member of the Class of 2016.
Pre-Meeting PDA: Supporting Formative Assessment in the Classroom
Wednesday, June 26
In this interactive One and a half-day session, participants will learn about important characteristics of a formative assessment centered mathematics classroom and then discuss ways to encourage and support school wide implementation. Discussions will focus on the selection, implementation, and use of various Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques (FACTS) at the school or district level. Participants will receive a copy of the book, Mathematics Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning, along with supporting materials for presenting the PD to teachers.
Kick-Off Luncheon: Teaching and Mentoring Awards
Wednesday, June 26
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The TRC Nineteenth Annual Meeting will Kick-Off at noon on Wednesday with a luncheon honoring six outstanding 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
Wednesday, June 26
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
Shree Bose will be the keynote speaker. The program will also include the presentation of the TRC 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
General Session: Dr. Jon R. Star
Thursday, June 27
Session Title TBA
Jon R. Star is currently the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Associate Professor in Human Development and Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, Star was an Assistant Professor for 5 years in the College of Education at Michigan State University and earned his PhD in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2001. A former middle school and high school mathematics teacher, Star’s research focuses on students’ learning of mathematics at all grade levels. Star has published in many top-tiered journals in mathematics education and educational psychology. He has directed several large grants from the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education that focus on the development of, and evaluation of the efficacy of, interventions for improving all students’ learning of mathematics. In addition to his research on student learning of mathematics, Star is an experienced teacher of in-service and pre-service mathematics teachers.
Shell-TRC Field Trip: Steve Wolf’s Stunt Ranch
Thursday, June 27
This experience at the Stunt Ranch will provide you with hands-on and body-on activities. Participants will be divided into groups and rotate through the various stations. Content and safety-trained staff members will explain the science and math used at each station. Data from each station will be collected and shared.
This event is only open to registered Annual Meeting attendees and limited to 50 participants.
Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit
Thursday, June 27
This year we are proud to present the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) which is a $1.2 million hands-on traveling exhibit that features six self contained centers with curriculum-based, activities about energy and technologies involved with the oil and gas industry. The curriculum for each of the 24 activities is based on the Texas State Standards. Although geared for 5th graders, it is also appropriate for other age groups.
The MOLU exhibit will be available for viewing Thursday, June 27 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and during the vendor fair. Collaborative participants may sign up for possible free visits to various areas in Texas depending on the funding of the Foundation for Energy Education. Participants also have a chance to win prizes by completing the MOLU scavenger hunt activity on Thursday. Prizes will be drawn from completed scavenger hunt cards which include four $50.00 gift cards, boxes of oil, rocks, fossil samples and much more!
For more information, download the MOLU brochure (PDF).