Bill Martin Jr Symposium

"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats," said the Water Rat, solemnly.

Kenneth Grahame. Wind in the Willows.

Field Trips!

Join us in and around our Commerce campus as we take our learning off the shelf and into the college campus community.

The Planetarium Show

The A&M-Commerce planetarium located in the McFarland Science Building has a 40-foot dome and a Digistar 5 all digital projection system that fills the dome with sights and sounds beyond imagination.  The planetarium's 87 reclining seats immerse the audience in a space environment filling their vision and appearing to take them beyond the confines of Earth.

McFarland Science Building


Bill Martin Jr Memorial Library

On September 30, 2000, hundreds of teachers and educators from across the nation converged on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce to honor an American legend.  Bill Martin Jr. donated his professional library to the university, and the Texas A&M Board of Regents designated a special room in the Sowers Education South Building to house this unique collection.  The collection includes many of his published works; first drafts of manuscripts; sketches by illustrators Ted Rand, Michael Foreman, and Robert J. Lee and art from many of their books. His honorary degrees and most of his countless awards are also displayed in the collection.

Sowers  Education Building EdSouth


zSpace Virtual Reality Lab

zSpace Virtual Reality Lab is an immersive, interactive 3D virtual reality hardware and software platform providing in-depth digital learning experience by improving the way concepts and subjects are studied, explored, designed, and visualized.  The zSpace lab is located on the 2nd floor of Gee Library and will be open for guests throughout the day.

Gee Library Second Floor

throughout the day

Teacher Resource Center

James Gee Library and its Teacher Resource Center (TRC) are opening up a new world of digital creativity for Curriculum & Instruction students, as the TRC offers possibilities for collaboration and intellectual exploration that are cutting-edge. The TRC offers a variety of literacy resources such as the Juvenile & Youth fiction and nonfiction collection, the K-12 Textbook Collection and the Curriculum Collection.  Other tools include a die-cut system, color poster printers, laminating machines, and craft supplies.  The TRC is located on the 2nd floor of the library.

Gee Library Second Floor

throughout the day

Patrick Dougherty Art Installation

Deep in the Heart

World-renowned artist, Patrick Dougherty, designed a site-specific sculpture for our campus. His works are large environmental works made of sticks and saplings. Deep in the Heart is about Texas, nature, the relationship of the two trees, and the relationships of the artist, students, faculty, staff and community members that were formed during this process from start to finish. South lawn of the James G. Gee Library

Gee Library South Lawn

throughout the day

Northeast Texas Children’s Museum

The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum provides opportunities for a playful and creative learning experience. The Museum’s hands-on exhibits and programs are ideal for children ages 2 to 10, but children of all ages are welcome.  All BMJ Symposium participants and presenters are encouraged to visit to the museum at the conclusion of the final breakout sessions. Located near the corner of Hwy 50 and Culver St., the Museum is an ideal stop on your way out of town, open until 4.30pm.

2501 Hwy 24

Commerce, TX 75428



Sponsored by the

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Where Teachers Come to Learn



We hope to see you in Commerce, Texas on

Friday, May 5, 2017

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