25th Annual

Rio Grande Valley - Texas Association of Bilingual Education

January 17-18, 2020

South Padre Island, TX

President's Welcome




















Esteemed Colleagues in Bilingual Education,


On behalf of the RGV-TABE executive board, I would like to extend an invitation to attend our 25th annual conference at South Padre Island, TX on January 17-18, 2020.

This year we celebrate Bilingual Education and the dedicated educators that have helped so many bilingual learners in our region know success. Our conference theme, Pasado, Presente y Futuro: Our Legacy Continues, will look back and honor the community of educators that came before us who helped pave way for bilingual education programs in our region. We will also celebrate you, present and future educators, and the valuable work you do every day, not just helping students, but also helping strengthen the legacy of Bilingual Education in the Rio Grande Valley, state, and nation.

As always, we will be offering high quality professional development for conference attendees. Through our engaging keynote speakers and breakout sessions attendees will continue to grow in their knowledge of best practices for bilingual learners. Participants will have the opportunity to earn 12 CPE hours on best practices from presenters in districts near and far in Texas, as well as other states!

Keeping in line with tradition, the conference will feature a luncheon and award ceremonies where students and professionals will be recognized for their excellent work and contributions to the field of Bilingual Education. We are confident that you will not just enjoy the conference, but grow professionally by attending. We invite you to join us in January. Registration is now open!

In addition, we encourage you to submit a proposal to present in English or Spanish at RGV-TABE. Network with your colleagues in Bilingual Education, disseminate your research, or highlight any effective strategies/techniques you use with the bilingual learners in your classroom!

Our registration and proposal submission portals are now open. You can access the Google forms by the links below for each. We look forward to seeing you in January!


Best Regards,


Dr. Gina Garza-Reyna

President, RGV-TABE

Keynote Speakers


Friday, January 17, 2020 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

William Martinez - Motivational Speaker, Actor, Singer, Inspire

A native of Denver, William Martinez earned his Bachelor Degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, to pursue his acting/singing career. He has stayed in LA to enjoy the sunshine ever since! He is currently touring the educational market with his presentation SIGNing the Song: You Have Changed My Life inspiring teachers to remember how incredible their impact is on their students. SIGNing the Song combines American Sign Language (ASL) with song and shares his inspirational story of growing up in a deaf household, discovering music, and celebrating the massive impact that one teacher had on his life. He also introduces how ASL in the classroom can create a new and effective way for teachers to communicate with their students. He is extremely honored to have SIGNing the Song: You Have Changed My Life be the DVD companion to one of the most successful educational books on the market: The First Days of School: How to Become an Effective Teacher (Fifth Edition) by Harry and Rosemary Wong. In fact, the DVD has won many awards including two Telly Awards for ‘Motivational Non-Broadcast Video’ and multiple AVA Digital Awards including the platinum award for ‘On- Camera Talent’ award for William as a Motivational Speaker! The highest award given!

In addition to his speaking engagements, William is also a professional actor/singer with many impressive credits and awards under his belt. His theatrical version of SIGNing The Song won a Broadway World award in 2018! He toured Thank You for The Music: A Modern Tribute to ABBA across the nation and sailed the high seas as the Lead Male Singer on Silversea Cruises performing Opera, Broadway, Pop, Jazz, and other musical styles (along with showcasing SIGNing the Song). Previous to those productions, William originated the role of Bean’s Dad in Ivy and Bean at South Coast Repertory and Jason in Ordinary Days at the Victory Theatre in LA. He has also performed in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus, La Mirada Performing Arts Center), Parade, Little Mary Sunshine, No No Nannette, Superman, Street Scene, Blood Brothers, High Fidelity, Titanic (Musical Theatre Guild), Secret Garden, Once Upon a Mattress, City of Angels, 110 in the Shade, Bells Are Ringing, Kismet (Musical Theatre West Reiner), Big River (Taper), Big River and Oliver! (Deaf West Theatre), Back to Bacharach (Sierra Rep), Forever Plaid (Little Theatre of the Rockies), Plaid Tidings (Laguna Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Gold Coast) and many other musical shows. He has performed for countless award shows, honor galas and charity events (including the Paul Newman’s SeriousFun for children singing with Carol King, Michael Keaton, and Natalie Cole). He has done film, TV, voiceovers, and sings backup for Kristin Chenoweth whenever she is in the Los Angeles Area. He loves to give back to the community by performing for elementary school kids with Musical Theatre West, Musical Theatre Guild, and New West Symphony and is a proud member of Actors Equity. William thanks his wonderful family for their endless love and support. ILY!

Enrique Aleman Jr., Ph. D. - Education Leadership & Policy Studies Professor & Chair, University of Texas of San Antonio

Enrique Alemán, Jr., Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He co-founded and co-directed a university-community partnership for ten years, and has served as assistant vice president for student equity and diversity. A first-generation college student, Dr. Alemán’s research agenda includes studying how race and racism impacts educational policy and shapes the experiences of Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x students and families.

Conference Registrations & Presentation Proposal Submissions


Please select a button below to either register for the conference, register as an Exhibitor/Sponsorship, or to submit a presentation proposal for the 25th Annual Rio Grande Valley - Texas Association for Bilingual Education Conference. The link will take you to Google Docs, where you can fill out the registration of your choosing. Once submitted you will receive a confirmation email. 

Conference Management Link
Registration Agenda at a Glance

Friday, January 17, 2020


7:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.        Conference Registration I Visit with Exhibitors

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.       Continental Breakfast I Visit with Exhibitors

8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.      Opening Session/Keynote Speaker

10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.     Break I Visit with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.     Breakout Session#1

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.     Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.       Breakout Session #2

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       Visit with Exhibitors

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.       Breakout Session #3


Saturday, January 18, 2020


7:30a.m. -12:00 p.m.       Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.       Visit with Exhibitors

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.       Continental Breakfast I Entertainment I Visit with Exhibitors

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.     General Session/Keynote Speaker

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    Break I Visit with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.     Breakout Session #4

11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m.       Awards Recognition Luncheon

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.        Breakout Session #5

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.        Visit with Exhibitors

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.        Breakout Session #6

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.        Closing- Membership Door Prizes

Conference Hotels

Isla Grand Beach Resort - $94
500 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island
956-761-6511  or 800-292-7704

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort - $85

33261 State Park Road 100 

South Padre Island, Texas 78597

Web Link:


(956) 761-1160

Group Code – 748391 (Bilingual Educators)

Holiday Inn Express, Hotel & Suites - $85
6502 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-8844  Group Code: ABE  room block deadline December 16, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island - $95
6700 Padre Blvd.

South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 433-0590  Room block deadline January 2, 2020

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