TRC 24th Annual Meeting 2018

By Stephen Gray
TRC 24th Annual Meeting 2018

June 26-28, 2018

Renaissance Austin Hotel | Austin, TX


The TRC Annual Meeting brings together teachers, education and business leaders, policy makers, and legislators to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the TRC's state-wide collaborative network. As a three day professional development event, the Annual Meeting provides teachers breakout sessions, featured speakers ranging 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.


Online Schedule

The full session schedule for the TRC 24th Annual Meeting 2018 is now online. Mobile and calendar friendly, attendees can browse sessions, read descriptions, and pre-plan their Summit breakout session experience!
View theTRC 24th Annual Meeting 2018 Online Schedule.


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.




Keynote Speaker

John Urschel

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. Learn more about John Urschel





Wednesday, June 27


General Session, 8:00 AM

Providing equitable opportunities to learn mathematics: inclusion and strength focused culturally responsive and sustaining teaching

Dr. Jodie Hunter and Dr. Bobbie Hunter, Massey University, New Zealand

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. Confirmed Exhibitors:,National Science Teachers Assoc.-NSTA, Nepris, Inc., Scientific Minds, LLC, Shmoop, SmartSchool Systems, Stellar Teaching Solutions, STEMscopes, TeachTransform, Inc., Texas Instruments, Inc., Texas STEM Coalition, Vernier Software & Technology, and Ward’s Science.



    Thursday, June 28


    General Session, 8:00 AM

    Science for All: Instructional Shifts to Promote Science and Language Learning With All Students Including English Learners

    Okhee Lee, Ph.D., Professor of Childhood Education, NYU Steinhardt

    In recent years, there have been fundamental shifts in thinking about both science and language learning with all students and English learners (ELs) in particular. Science instructional shifts promote language learning with ELs, while language instructional shifts promote science learning with ELs. Recognizing the science and language instructional shifts as mutually supportive can lead to better and more coherent instructional approaches that promote both science and language learning for all students, especially ELs. This presentation will address a conceptual framework along with examples from science curriculum materials and classroom instruction.



    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.

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