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We are pleased to welcome you to the 2023 Hybrid Title III Symposium. There is much to
celebrate as we join together in the lovely river city of San Antonio, Texas, and share relevant,
research-based strategies to ensure that emergent bilingual students experience an increase in
academic achievement and positive school outcomes. The theme guiding this year's Symposium
is: Building the Blueprint - Constructing Success for Emergent Bilingual Students.
This year's event will take place in the Henry B. González Convention Center and will include a
Networking Social on Sunday, July 16 from 5 to 7 pm, to build connections and share ideas. We invite you
to enjoy appetizers and drinks while previewing poster sessions highlighting best practices utilized by
talented educators across the state. During the Symposium you will choose from a variety of breakout
sessions presented by Texas colleagues. These sessions will provide valuable information that links content
and instructional strategies in innovative ways to support emergent bilingual student success. The
intentional selection of sessions and leveraging these networking opportunities will allow you to connect
and share examples of the tremendous things happening in your schools, and classrooms.
We are excited to see you this summer. Take a moment to review the site and register today!
Dr. Julie Lara, Director
Emergent Bilingual Support Division
Office of Special Populations and Monitoring
Texas Education Agency
The Title III Symposium provides valuable instructional tools and research-based strategies to ensure that emergent bilingual students attain English proficiency while learning academic content that will ensure they meet the state’s academic achievement standards. Statewide practitioners, including TEA staff, will offer sessions on innovative approaches for supporting our emergent bilingual students.
Shayla Rivera is an Aerospace Engineer and former Rocket
Scientist with NASA who serves as the Director of the ENGR[x]
program and Professor of Practice with the College of
Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rivera grew up with an avid
interest in human behavior, science, machinery and fixing
things. Her parents always made it clear that going to college
was the way to go in order to have a successful personal and
professional life. Rivera attended Texas A&M University,
earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace
Engineering with a great number of additional credits in her
other passion, Psychology.
Shayla Rivera has been speaking and performing in both
English and Spanish for 27 years and has a broad appeal to
men and women of all backgrounds and ages. Rivera says, “My
number one goal is to inspire, through laughter.” She has
seen, first-hand, the impact the Latino population and culture
has had in all levels of American corporations, organizations
and education, and is focused on helping make this merging
occur as smooth as possible.
Read her full bio here.