Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education Programs

The Emergent Bilingual Support Division provides direction and leadership with the implementation of Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs for emergent bilingual (EB) students/English learners (ELs).


Check out the Emergent Bilingual Student Web Portal TXEL.ORG for continuously updated resources for Teachers, Leaders, Parents and families of Emergent Bilingual Students, and Community Partners. 

    Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Guidance and Resources

    Current School Year

    2022-2023 Emergent Bilingual Support Update Meetings with LEAs and ESCs

    The TEA Emergent Bilingual Support Division welcomes Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) to join our English Learner Support Update Meetings. See our EL Portal for dates, meeting links, presentations, and recordings.

    Program Requirement Resources  

    These resources, tools, and web pages provide guidance on bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) program requirements:

    Program Requirement Resource Web Pages  

    Program Implementation

    The TEA Emergent Bilingual Support Division has developed program implementation rubrics and associated tools to support LEAs with evaluating and enhancing their bilingual education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. 

    Program Statutes   

    The following statutes relate to bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) programs:  

    Title III, Part A — English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act

    Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

    Contact Information

    Division of Emergent Bilingual Support
    Phone: (512) 463-9414

    Contact Information

    Julie Lara, Ph.D.
    Director of Emergent Bilingual Support

    Xochitl Anabel Rocha, Ed.D.
    Bilingual Programs Policy & Technical Assistance Manager

    Rickey Santellana
    State/Federal Engagement and Projects Manager

    Amy Johnson
    Policy and Engagement Coordinator

    Michelle Merrick
    ESL Coordinator

    Liz Barraza
    Statewide Technical Assistance Coordinator

    Patricia Quesada, Ed.D. 
    Bilingual Education Programs Coordinator

    Special Populations Division
    Texas Education Agency
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    Austin, Texas 78701-1401