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2022 South Texas Literacy Symposium

February 26 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

South Texas Literacy Symposium

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The South Texas Literacy Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, in the ballroom of the UTRGV Campus, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg TX 78539. Check-in for registered participants will open at 8:30 am.

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As in previous years, the symposium is part of the UTRGV Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) – this year’s theme is Inspiring Creativity & Innovation Through Arts and Literacy.

This symposium is offered free of charge to educators, volunteer tutors, ESL teachers, and other library and nonprofit professionals who work in the fields of adult and family literacy.

See the schedule outline below; detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found here.

Schedule (subject to change)

8:30 am – 9:00 am — Check-in

9:00 am – 9:20 am — Welcome: South Texas Literacy Coalition; Literacy Texas; UTRGV

9:20 am – 9:55 am – Opening Speaker: WF Strong, Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Session 1: 10:05 am – 11:00 am (55 min)

CANVAS: With a Blank Canvas, Learning Begins – Mario Ortiz, MOS/ELA Tech Specialist (workshop repeated in session 2)

Gamification to Enhance Information Literacy Learning – Carlton T. Nelson, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, UTRGV

Story Times Are For Parents Too – Viviana Caballero, Children’s Supervisor, Dustin Sekula Memorial Library

Session 2: 11:05 am – 12:00 pm (55 min)

CANVAS: With a Blank Canvas, Learning Begins – Mario Ortiz, MOS/ELA Tech Specialist (repeat workshop from session 1)

How to Talk So Others Listen And How to Listen So Others Open Up – Laura Lyles Regan, Parent & Teen Communication Coach, Author

Making Connections While Reading – G. G. Hesterberg, Author and Educator

WORKING LUNCH 12:10 pm – 1:05 pm
Lunch panel: Local Authors Inspiring Creativity & Innovation Through Arts & Literacy

Panelists: Katelynn Renteria, David Norec, Alissa Karin Shirah, Patty York Raymond, David Leija

Session 3: 1:15 pm – 2:10 pm (55 min)

Start With the Heart – Irene Ramos, TCALL

Motivating Adult Learners – Dr. Ida Acuña Garza

The Power of Writing – Rey Banda, Author and Educator

Finale: 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm (15 min)


Author List

As in previous years, we’re excited to be welcoming authors to the South Texas Literacy Symposium. Currently confirmed:

Katelynn Renteria – The Other Side of the Law
David Norec – The Adventures of Exo and Cy
Alissa Karin Shirah – Going Home
Patty York Raymond – The ABC’s to Ranching; Aspire!; It’s Too Windy!
David Leija-  TK’s First Lesson
WF. Strong
Scott W. Kimak – After the Apocalypse; I Call Him HIM; The Angel of Death
Laura Lyles Regan – How to Raise Respectable Parents
G.G. Hesterberg – Music, Music, You Can Too!; Stories by the Seashore
Ron Ramirez – A Perfect Book for Pablo; A Purr-fect Book for Christmas; A Perfect Book for Frida; A Perfect Book for Carlos; A Perfect Book for Tamryn


Download a PDF copy of the schedule listed above.

Download a flyer to display at your location or send to others who may be interested in attending.

Special thanks to:

University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

The Texas Center for Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL)

The Texas Workforce Commission

Read more about the annual regional literacy symposiums here.

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February 26
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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South Texas Literacy Coalition
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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539 United States
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