2022 South Texas Literacy Symposium

About This Year's Sessions

Schedule is subject to change; this page will be kept as current as possible

Gamification to Enhance Information Literacy Learning

The information landscape is constantly changing and there is a need to teach basic skills not only to students, but also to the general public. Join a Research and Instruction Librarian to discuss the addition of game play to information literacy instruction. 

Presenter: Carlton T. Nelson, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, UTRG

How to Talk So Others Listen and How to Listen So Others Open Up

This interactive session will demonstrate how communication skills are essential for optimal learning, and will focus on foundational communication skills such as open ended questions, active listening, and I-messages, while engaging participants through role-play using scenarios from literacy volunteers.

Presenter: Laura Lyles Regan, Parent and Teen Communication Coach, Author

Story Times Are For Parents Too

During this workshop, attendees will learn from the Children’s Department at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library how their programs involve parents, to create an optimal learning and enjoyable experience for the entire family. Learn some of the techniques and activities they use to build relationships with parents and children during their children’s programs.

Presenter: Viviana Caballero, Children’s Supervisor, Dustin Sekula Memorial Library

Motivating Adult Learners

Participants will focus on how teachers can meet the educational and social-emotional needs of adult learners. Engagement activities will help volunteers acquire knowledge and skills on making teaching strategies relevant while avoiding burnout of both teachers and learners.

Presenter: Dr. Ida Acuña Garza

Making Connections While Reading

Participants will learn how to make the following connections while reading as a family: text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world. Participants will see how these strategies help personalize stories and nonfiction readings for elementary-aged children and families alike.

Presenter: G.G. Hesterberg, Author and Educator

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