Chevron TASA Leadership Forum

  • Chevron logo Every School a STEM School
    Preliminary Agenda

    January 11, 2018

    9 a.m. Registration and Coffee
    9:30 a.m. Opening / Welcome Remarks
    Joni Baird, manager, Houston Policy, Government, and Public Affairs, Chevron

    Johnny L. Veselka, executive director, TASA
    9:50 a.m. Leading Learning 4 STEM 4 All!
    10 a.m. Writing About Science–It's Not What You Think
    Deborah Heiligman, author
    Ever wonder how to inspire more students to get involved in STEM? Ever think about why kids don't read more nonfiction? Deborah Heiligman will give us some tips about making small steps toward rigor through reading and writing biography. This genre requires immersion in real facts! As an instructional leader, what can you take away from her to bridge the gap toward STEM learning for kids from a real award-winning writer? Learn how to use literature to inspire STEM learning.
    11:15 a.m.

    How to Visualize Data: How Stories Get Told That Will Be Both Learned and Remembered
    Olof Granstrom, educator and economist, and Mikael Arevius, lecturer and curriculum manager, Gapminder
    One of the challenges for visualization is to create three or more dimensions for us to see in just two dimensional space. A second challenge is to take advantage of one of the brain’s strong preferences - the preference for story or sequence. Story problems or solutions? Learn how to communicate math and language literacy together.

    12:15 p.m. Lunch
     1:15 p.m. The Science of Science and Physiology of Learning
    John Byrne, chair, Neurobiology and Anatomy, McGovern Medical School
    While design thinking dominates the educational landscape of investigation and exploration, science is often conducted using alternative approaches - in this case, reductionism. How does one reduce the complexity of learning to mathematics and understand the neurobiology underpinning learning? This session looks at how John Byrne works and his, and his colleagues, resulting scientific discoveries about how we learn.
     2:15 p.m. Poll Everywhere / Table Talk
     2:45 p.m. How Do You Structure Work in an Unstructured Environment?
    Panel Discussion Featuring Nabisco Innovation Center Entrepreneurs
    As we look more and more to personalization and collaborative work and learning, it may seem that leadership lets loose of the reins. Is that how it works and will it succeed? Learn from the leaders of The Connected Health Foundry about how short-term projects get jump-started for bigger disruptive innovations. It's all part of structuring work in an unstructured environment. It could be a way to start STEM in any school.
     3:45 p.m. Create Leadership: The Answer to How is Yes!
    Todd Henry, founder, Accidental Creative
    Author of The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry will teach us about how people and teams build practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He will walk us through a step-by-step process for being prolific, brilliant, and healthy in life and work.
     5 p.m. Music and the Science of Learning
    Reception / Music by Jazz Pianist Helen Sung
     6:15 p.m. Dinner / Learning as Performance
    Learning is a skill inferred from performance. The afternoon ends and the evening begins with an interview about learning with jazz pianist and recording artist Helen Sung — a graduate of the HISD School for Performing Arts and member of their Hall of Fame.



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Important Information

  • Registration
    Chevron has underwritten the majority of the cost of this event, which includes dinner; however, there is a $65 per person nonrefundable fee to guarantee each attendee's spot.

    Nabisco Innovation Center at the Texas Medical Center
    2450 Holcombe Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77021

    Wyndham Houston Medical Center Hotel
    6800 Main St.
    Houston, TX  77030
    Lodging may be available at the Wyndam Houston Medical Center Hotel. Attendees may make reservations by calling 800-996-3426 or 713-528-7744.

    Parking is available at the hotel for $11 per day for overnight self-parking and $19 per day for valet. Both come with in/out privileges.