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2024 South Texas Literacy Symposium

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The 2024 South Texas Literacy Symposium is co-presented by South Texas Literacy Coalition and Literacy Texas.

The symposium has the theme “Inspiring hope and prosperity through arts and literacy” and will be held on

Saturday, February 24, 2024

on the UTRGV Campus, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg TX 78539.

Click here to see a detailed map with entrances, parking, and workshop locations marked.

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.

Registration for this symposium has now closed

See the schedule outline below; read more about the sessions here.




8:45 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening General Session

Greetings, welcome, and introductions

Dr. Dahlia Guerra, Special Assistant to the Dean, UTRGV
Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Dean of College of Fine Arts, UTRGV
Kendra de la Garza, President, South Texas Literacy Coalition
Dr. Jenny McCormack Walker, Executive Director, Literacy Texas

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote Address (30 min)

“Inspiring Hope and Prosperity Through Arts and Literacy”
Jasminne Mendez, best-selling Dominican-American poet, translator, playwright, and award-winning author of books for children and adults

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Breakout Session 1 (60 min)

Early Literacy Success
Leticia Rosalez, E&C Literacy

A Teacher’s Dozen: Activities to Engage Your Learners
Christina Robledo, BurlingtonEnglish

Hands-On Banking: Taking Ownership of Your Finances in 2024
Sonia Gonzalez, Wells Fargo

11:05 AM – 11:30 AM: Lightning Talks – Resources & Strategies (25 min)

A Success Story of Adult Education: Tips to Strive to Preserve
Christina DeMara, author and business owner

PaperPie and the Literacy Mission
Dr. Jaclyn Miller, PaperPie Learning

Teaching Reading to Anyone – The Fluency Concept
Dr. Arlene Longoria, BLOOM Project, Region 1 ESC

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: VISIT EXHIBITORS, NETWORKING (Ballroom)


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Breakout Session 2 (60 min)

Managing a Team of Outstanding Volunteers
Martin Loa, BurlingtonEnglish

The Impact of Soft Skills on Your Future
David Gutierrez, Workforce Solutions

Fund Your Mission
Laura Lyles Reagan, author, grant-writer, consultant

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM: Closing General Session (Ballroom)

Evaluations, wrap-up, door prizes


Schedule will be kept as current as possible but is subject to change; check back here for updates

Read longer session descriptions and about the presenters by clicking here.

PD Certificates

Someone who attends something in every session of the symposium will qualify for 4 hours of PD credit.
Certificates of completion will be awarded after the event.
Complete the survey after the training is finished to give your details and get your certificate. Surveys will be sent via email in the days following the symposium.


Download a PDF copy of the schedule listed above – or send this link to a colleague.

Download a PDF flyer for this symposium to print and display, or send to a literacy colleague.

Special thanks to:

South Texas Literacy Coalition

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

The Texas Workforce Commission

Read more about the annual regional literacy symposia here.

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