STEM Leadership Summit Agenda 6.20.17

June 27, 2017

9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Renaissance Austin Hotel

9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759 (Map / Directions)



There are unique challenges to leading and supporting the work of K-12 STEM. The STEM Leadership Summit will immerse attendees in collaborative experiences focused on the unique needs of STEM leaders. Topics will include:

  • Capacity-Building from Within Using T-TESS, T-PESS and SLOs
  • Building an Inclusive K-12 Computer Science Pipeline
  • Leadership in STEM schools: Principal Panel
  • Rigorous Math Matters: Practical Strategies for Preparing ALL Students for Post-Secondary Success

The STEM Leadership Summit will be co-located with the 2017 TRC Annual Meeting. All Leadership attendees will also participate in the following events with Annual Meeting attendees

  • Luncheon featuring Dr. Penny Schwinn, Deputy Commissioner of Academics, TEA – Texas STEM priorities in the era of ESSA
  • Showcase and Reception celebrating Texas STEM Superheroes – teachers and TRC projects
  • Dinner featuring inspirational Keynote Speaker Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. Click for more information about Liz Murray

Downloadable Agenda

STEM Leadership Summit Agenda (PDF)


Featured Speakers


Liz MurrayDinner Keynote Speaker

Liz Murray

Author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard








Penny Schwinn

Luncheon Speaker

Penny Schwinn

Deputy Commissioner of Academics

Texas Education Agency

Texas STEM priorities in the era of ESSA







Featured Sessions

Rigorous Math Matters – E3 Alliance

E3 Alliance Research shows rigorous math matters! Presenters will discuss a statewide analysis conducted by E3 Alliance that shows high school math enrollment patterns predict post-secondary completion, when taking into account prior math achievement and poverty. The research will also show inequities in math acceleration practices in middle school, even for the most prepared students. Panelists engaged in a regional effort to address inequities in mathematics and post-secondary achievement will discuss the intersection of district policies and college readiness and provide concrete recommendations regarding mathematics teacher professional development and early course taking policies that your school or district could replicate.


Amy Wiseman, Ph.D. – Director of Research Studies, E3 Alliance

Christine Bailie, M.P.Aff. – Deputy Director, P-16 Strategic Initiatives, E3 Alliance

Shasta Buchanan, Ed.D. – Executive Director, College & High School Relations, Austin Community College

Terrence Eaton, Ph.D. – Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools, Austin ISD

Debbie Plowman, Ph.D. – Coordinator for Mathematics Initiatives, Center for STEM Education, UT Austin

More information about E3 Alliance


Capacity-Building from Within Using T-TESS, T-PESS and SLOs

T-TESSProfessional educators, teachers and leaders, can use the new Texas evaluation systems (T-TESS, T-PESS & SLO) to develop their capacity and set meaningful goals to enhance their practice.  The three systems are designed to work in concert to 1) promote continuous growth, 2) guide reflection to improve effectiveness, 3) provide professional development opportunities and 4) improve professional quality.  In this session, we will explore how to leverage these systems as a means for transforming our approach to professional development to one that is driven from within.


Lori Einfalt, Ph.D. –  LCM Consulting

Criss Wakefield, M.Ed.  –  LCM Consulting

Mary Kimmins, M.Ed.  –  LCM Consulting

More information about T-TESS

More information about P-TESS

More information about Student Learn Objectives (SLO)


Building an Inclusive K-12 Computer Science Pipeline

Center for STEM Education - WeTeach_CSComputer Science related fields are a growing part of the economy and a great source of future careers for today’s students, but Texas schools have struggled to keep up with the growing demand for CS in schools due to a shortage of CS certified teachers. Texas schools also have to deal with lingering perceptions that discourage female, Hispanic, and African American students from taking Computer Science courses, barring them from these career paths. Building a CS pipeline means taking a multi-pronged approach to address the issues of teacher shortages through certification programs and professional development, while addressing inclusion through the use of innovative curriculums and industry partnerships to reach underrepresented students. This session will help school and district leaders understand the K-12 computer science landscape in Texas and the resources they can access to build in inclusive CS program.


Carol Fletcher, Ph.D. – Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education

More information about WeTeach_CS



2017 STEM Leadership Summit Schedule

 2017 STEM Leadership Summit Agenda (Click image to view larger)

Eligible Attendees

Participants will include superintendents, principals, curriculum specialists, teachers, professors and professional development providers who are interested in leadership in STEM. Attendees do not have to be TRC or WeTeach_CS participants.


Certificates of Participation

Certificates stating 12 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Participants should receive the certificate two to three weeks after the event. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.





The sleeping room block for this event is full. Please contact the Renaissance Austin Hotel (512-343-2626) directly to receive the best rate available.
Additionally, there are several other hotels in the area offering state rate:


Free and valet parking is available at the Renaissance Hotel.



  • $200/person ( includes all meals)
  • TRC members who are also registered for the TRC Annual Meeting may attend at a discounted rate of $100/person. Please contact Carolina Cardenas for details regarding discounted registration.

Registration Deadline

  • June 20, 2017

Payment Instructions

  • Participants can pay by credit card or check. The registration confirmation email will contain all the necessary information you need to provide to your business offices regarding credit card payment records and check processing instructions.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  • Checks for registration need to be made out to The University of Texas at Austin. Please mail checks to the attention of Jeff Early, along with the printed registration confirmation email, to the following address.
    • Center for STEM Education
    • 1912 Speedway, D5500
    • SZB 340
    • Austin, TX 78712
    • Attn: Jeff Early

Payment Questions?

Please email Jeff Early ( with any payment questions you may have.

Online Registration Instructions

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