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BEAM 2024 Call for Presenters

Call for proposals to present! Please consider sharing your expertise in teaching strategies, projects, and collaborations that make an impact in the success of emergent bilingual students.  We encourage teachers, specialists, librarians, counselors, interventionists, instructional coaches, university personnel/students, and administrators to apply! 

The BEAM Symposium for Bilingual/ESL Educators will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie ISD.  

BEAM 2024 Proposal Timeline

Proposal Submission: Jan.1 - Feb. 16, 2024

Proposal Notifications scheduled to be sent: by Feb. 20, 2024 

Action Item:  Accepted presenters must confirm by Feb. 25, 2024

Presenter Registration Deadline: by March 10, 2024

Notification of Schedule: by March 15, 2024


Please review the following guidelines to assist you in preparing your proposal. 


A strand refers to a topic or content area. Review the strands and select the one which best matches the content of your proposal. 

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  • Advocacy and Policy

  • Biliteracy Development

  • Instructional Coaching

  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

  • EBs with multiple needs 

  • Bilingual/Dual Language Instruction

  • ESL Instruction 

  • Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

  • Pre-Service Students

  • Research Studies

  • Self-Care for Educators

  • Social Emotional Learning

  • Technology Integration


Please note: Audience engagement should be integrated into all session types. Presenters may consult notes but should avoid reading to create a dynamic session. 


Academic Presentation - 45 minutes

Oral presentations that may be delivered individually or as part of a group discussion. Presenters share their ideas, experiences, and perspectives gleaned from their research, practice, or policy background and/or focus. These sessions provide the audience with ample opportunities for participation and engagement, and they serve as springboards stimulating further discussion, dialogue, reflection, and action. Presenters may submit a joint proposal focusing on two related techniques, issues, practices, or research projects.


  • Independent Consultants: All consultant sessions should be professional development sessions for our members focused on strategies, collaborations, best practices, etc. Just as with any session, your contact information may be shared at the conclusion. If you are promoting a product or service you will need to submit the Sponsor/Commercial Session instead. 

Sponsor/Commercial Presentation - 45 minutes

This presentation type should be selected if you are a 2024 Symposium Sponsor. In addition to promoting your product/service, these sessions should provide the audience with useful information. 

  • Commercial proposals submitted as academic proposals will be marked not eligible and will not be considered.


Presentation Title

This title will be used in the program book.  Your presentation title must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 15-word max

  • Title MUST be in English.

  • Do NOT use all caps.

  • Do NOT use special characters in your title. (accent marks, non-English characters, etc.)


Presentation Description

The attendees will use your session title and description in the Program Book to decide whether to attend your session. The session abstract should

  • describe the content of your session as clearly and as succinctly as possible.

  • highlight what attendees should expect to take away from the session.


Your presentation description must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 50-word max

  • Use present tense 

  • Do NOT use all caps 

***Please note: your description will appear in the conference program as is; be sure to proofread your work.***


Presentation Abstract

The session description is your opportunity to explain your vision for your presentation. Reviewers will see its clarity as a reflection of the proposal’s overall quality. 


Your description should include: 

  • a clearly stated purpose and point of view with supporting details and examples.

  • evidence of knowledge of current theory, practices, research and/or policy.

  • an outline of the session with an appropriate amount of content for the allotted time.

  • activities, visuals, or other techniques to engage the audience (and be sure that they are appropriate for the session type, e.g., dialogue, teaching tip, or presentation).

  • a clear indication of the target educational context(s) and student population(s).


Your presentation abstract must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 300-word max

  • Abstract must be in English.

  • Do NOT use all caps.

  • Do NOT use special characters in your abstract. (accent marks, non-English characters, etc.)

**Please proofread your work before submitting; incorrect spelling, grammar and punctuation will result in a lower overall score in the peer review.**


Target Audience

Please consider the settings or audiences your proposal most closely addresses and select one or two of the following. 

  • PreK - K

  • Elementary

  • Secondary

  • Higher Education

  • Campus/District Administrators

  • All

We look forward to your submission. Thank you for your service to the field!



Please email Tami Sanchez at and include a phone number where you can be reached. 

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