Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker


We are pleased to welcome you to the 2024 Title III Symposium. This year’s event will include relevant, research-based strategies to empower our diverse emergent bilingual students as we invite the other special populations to present sessions at the beautiful Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, Texas. These sessions will ensure that all emergent bilingual students experience an increase in academic achievement and positive school outcomes. The theme guiding this year's Symposium is "United We Thrive" recognizing the benefits of bilingualism and advancing our students to their highest potential.

We are eager to welcome everyone at the Networking Social on Sunday, July 14 from 5 to 7 pm, by building connections and sharing ideas. We invite you to enjoy appetizers and refreshments while previewing poster sessions which highlight best practices implemented by your talented fellow 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!

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Dr. Julie Lara, Director
Emergent Bilingual Support Division
Office of Special Populations and Monitoring
Texas Education Agency
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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.


Montserrat Garibay

Montserrat Garibay

Montserrat Garibay is the Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Labor Relations at the Office of Secretary for two years. Garibay was a bilingual pre-kindergarten teacher for eight years and a National Board-Certified Teacher in Austin, Texas. She served as Vice President for Certified Employees with Education Austin, a merged union local with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. She came to the U.S. from Mexico City as an undocumented immigrant and became a citizen 20 years later. She graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a Master of Education.

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