Hector Montenegro

  • Hector is an internationally recognized keynote and motivational speaker, appearing at conferences, conventions, universities, schools and special events in countries around the world, including Russia, Japan, China, Germany, Mexico, and others. (Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil, in Chile and Peru) he is a special consultant with the US Embassies on education reform. Most recently he has served as a volunteer for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation in Brazil, El Salvador and Uganda. An expert on instructional designs, Hector specialized in standards development, curriculum alignment, interactive pedagogy, technology integration and effective instructional strategies for English language learners. He works directly with administrators, faculty and staff in developing leadership skills to establish structures that promote student success and support collaborative cultures that empower faculty and staff.

Included in the transformation process is effective teacher training (Professional Development and higher education), mentoring, coaching strategies and evaluation. As a former superintendent of schools, Hector has extensive experience in school governance, budget, funding sources, policy development, parent and community involvement.

Hector's teaching career began in San Jose, California where he taught math at the junior and senior high school levels. He later taught and served as a site administrator in Washington, DC and in Virginia. He later served as Chief of Staff of the DC Public Schools before moving to Texas where he served as a principal and an Area Superintendent in Austin, Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services in Dallas, and Superintendent of Schools for three school districts in Texas: San Marcos CISD, Ysleta ISD and Arlington ISD. Hector was later an Area Superintendent for the San Diego School District in California. He received his masters degree from Stanford University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

As the Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning (CASEL), a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Hector provides technical expertise to further advance the science and practice of school-based social emotional learning (SEL) in school districts across the country. His primary focus is providing SEL professional development, research, monitoring and evaluation, policy development and implementation, and the development of SEL district standards. The goal is systemic and universal implementation of SEL standards and the adoption of evidence-based SEL programs that are sustainable and have a positive impact on student academic achievement.


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  • Empowering ELs with Social Emotional Learning, Language, and Literacy

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