Curriculum Vitae


Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction University of Houston 1985

Doctoral Dissertation: A study of the congruence between bilingual education program guidelines for language use, teacher language use policy and teacher language use patterns in the classroom.

Master of Arts in Spanish 
University of Houston 1971

Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Spanish 
Sam Houston State University 1969 
Huntsville, Texas 


Texas Secondary Spanish and French
Texas Elementary Bilingual/ESL Endorsement
California Single Subjects in Spanish with ESL Supplementary 
California Bilingual Cross-cultural Specialist K-12


  • PLC 915 Teaching in the Content Areas: ELD/SDAIE
  • ED 516    Foundations of Bilingual Education
  • TE 960    Reading/Language Arts in Elementary School
  • TE 639     Language & Literacy
  • TE 638      ESL Strategies for Literacy Development
  • ED 451     Multicultural Education
  • PLC 515   Bilingual Teaching Strategies
  • TE 525     Classroom Management
  • TE 600     Curriculum Development in Education
  • TE 960     Student Teaching Seminar–B/CLAD Multiple Subjects
  • TE 967     Student Teacher Supervision


  • English Language Development/SDAIE Strategies Customized Reader
  • Foundations of Bilingual Education Customized Reader
  • ESL Strategies for Literacy Development Customized Reader
  • Bilingual Teaching Strategies Customized Reading Packet
  • Model for the Analysis of the California Curriculum Frameworks
  • Ethnographic Research Case Study Project for Multicultural Education
  • Personalized System of Discipline and Case Study Module


1990–1994 Founder & Director 
Bilingual Education Consulting Services 
San Miguel Allende, Mexico

1992-1993 English Program Coordinator 
José Vasconcelos Bilingual School 
San Miguel Allende, Mexico

1986-1989 Assistant Professor of Education 
Schreiner College 
Kerrville, Texas

1985-1986 Bilingual/ESL Teacher K-5 
Anderson Elementary School 
Houston Independent School District 
Houston, Texas

1977-1979 Instructional Consultant 
Region IV Education Service Center 
Texas Education Agency 
Houston, Texas

1976-1977 Bilingual Second Grade Teacher 
Ridgecrest Elementary School 
Spring Branch Independent School District 
Houston, Texas

1972-1973 Spanish Teacher 
Northwest Catholic Junior High School 
Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston 
Houston, Texas 


Bilingual/English as a Second Language Teacher Education

1988, 1985 Spanish Reading & Language Arts 
Houston Baptist University

1985-1986 Curriculum Development in Second Language Education 
University of Houston

1984 Theories/Methods of Second Language Acquisition 
University of St. Thomas    Houston, Texas

1978 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages 
University of St. Thomas 
Houston, Texas

English as a Second Language

1984-1985 Grammar and Composition for Non-Native Speakers 
University of Houston

Spanish Language and Literature

1983-1984 First Year Grammar and Conversation 
University of St. Thomas Houston, Texas

1981-1982 Second Year Grammar and Composition 
University of St. Thomas   Houston, Texas

1981 Latin American Literature in Translation 
University of St. Thomas   Houston, Texas

1973-1976 Second Year Grammar and Conversation 
University of Houston

Multicultural Education

1981-1986 Mexican Culture 
Mérida, Mexico Summer Program 
University of St. Thomas Houston, Texas

1984 Cultural Awareness for Teachers of Young Children 
University of Houston–Clear Lake 
Clear Lake City, Texas 


Delta Kappa Gamma Society International 
Honorary Society for Outstanding Women Educators 
Kerrville, Texas Chapter 1988

Title VII Doctoral Fellowship in Bilingual Education 
University of Houston 1979-1980, 1981-1983

Omicron Delta Kappa 
Leadership and Service Honorary Society 
University of Houston 1979

Listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges University of Houston 1970

Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Spanish 
University of Houston 1969-1971

Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honorary Society 
University of Houston 1970

Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honorary Society 
University of Houston 1970-71 
Served as President 1970

Alpha Chi Scholastic Honorary Society 
Sam Houston State University 1969

Graduated Summa cum laude 
Sam Houston State University 1969 


American Educational Research Association (AERA) 
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
International Reading Association (IRA) 
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 
California Council on the Education of Teachers (CCET) 


Pang, V. O., Rivera, J., & Mora, J.K. (1999). The ethic of caring: Clarifying the foundation of multicultural education. Educational Forum 64 (1), 25-32.

Garrison, L. & Mora, J.K. (1999). Adapting Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners: The Language-Concept Connection. In Ortiz-Franco, L, Hernández, N. & De la Cruz, Y. (Eds). Changing the Faces of Mathematics: Perspectives on Latinos, p. 35-47. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mora, J.K. (In press). California's bilingual education debate: A case study in intergroup conflict and patterns of prejudiceJournal of the American Association of Mexican American Educators.

Mora, J. K. (In press). Assessment for literacy and biliteracy development. In J. V. Tinajero, & S. Hurley, (Eds.). Handbook on Literacy Assessment for Bilingual Learners. New York: Allyn & Bacon.

Mora, J.K. (1998). A teacher educator's perspective on reading instruction. Bilingual Basics 1 Winter/Spring (2), 8.

Mora, J.K. (1998). Who will be accountable for language minority education? California Educator 2 (6), 17-20.

Mora, J.K. (1999, July 25). What do 'corrected' test scores reveal? San Diego Union Tribune, G-3.

Mora, J.K. (1999, July 1). Jumping the gun on bilingual assessmentsSan Diego Union Tribune, North County Edition, B-5.

Mora, J. K. (1999, April 21). Bilingual education and democracySan Diego Union Tribune, B-7.

Faculty Development Grant awarded by San Diego State University to conduct research study in Bilingual/English Language Development Teacher Selection of Reading Methods in the Calexico Unified School District. One-half time assigned time, Spring Semester 1996. Survey of 300 Imperial Valley elementary teachers, preliminary data analysis and reporting completed June 1996.

San Diego Teachers Association/SDSU College of Education 
Kwachiiyoa Charter School Author of Grant Proposal and Co-Principal Investigator for California Department of Education grant. July 1998-Present 


What heuristic analysis tells us about second-language reading. National Reading Conference, December 2, 1999, Orlando, Florida.

California's bilingual education debate: Intergroup conflict and patterns of prejudice. Association of Mexican American Educators Conference, November 12, 1999, San Diego, California.

A model SDAIE lesson. Teaching Alive! National Association for Multicultural Education, November 10, San Diego, California.

How to prepare students for RICA without teaching to the test. With Dana Grisham and Evangelina Bustamante Jones. California Reading Association Conference, November 5, 1999, Long Beach, California.

The why's and how's of CLAD teaching. Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Institute. San Diego State University–College of Education. June 1-4, 1999.

Teachers' beliefs about biliteracy instruction: Commonalties, divergence & dilemma. National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, January 29, 1999, Denver, Colorado

Defining a philosophy of biliteracy instruction: What teachers of English language learners have to say. Symposium Coordinator and Presentation. American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, April 17, 1998, San Diego, California.

A Smooth Road to Biliteracy: Making the Transition from Spanish to English Reading in the Bilingual Program. California Association for Bilingual Education Conference. February 24, 1998, San Jose, California.

The Language-Concept Connection: Adapting Mathematics Instruction for English-Language Learners, with L. Garrison. 
Mathematical Power and the Latino Child Conference. 
Los Angeles, California, May 1997.

Hacia una educación multicultural sin fronteras: La educación bilingüe. Second Binational Education Conference sponsored by San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus and Instituto de Servicios Educativos y Pedagógicos de Baja California (ISEP). 
March 8, 1997, Calexico, California.

Un niño-Dos países: Participación del maestro mexicano en la educación bilingüe de California First Binational Education Conference Co-sponsored by San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus and El Colegio de Profesionales de Educación en Baja California, A.C. May 4, 1996, Calexico, California.

The Natural Approach to Teaching English. Centro de Estudios Técnicos y Superiores (CETYS) Universidad, Mexicali, B.C., Mexico, December 1996.

A Smooth Road to Success Through Bilingual Education: Factors in Primary Language, ELD & Transitional Instruction. Ben Hulse Elementary School—Imperial Unified School District. Imperial, CA, November 1996.

Teaching Reading to Limited English Proficient Students: Factors in Teachers’ Selection of Methods and Approaches. Research Report for the California Council on the Education of Teachers Conference, San Jose, California, March 28-30, 1996.

What Every CLAD Teacher Should Know About Second-language Reading. Inland Empire TESOL/CLAD Conference, University of California-Riverside Extension Center, January 1996. 


A Course in Language Study for Teachers of Reading RICA Examination Institute sponsored by CSU Center for Reading Reform, May 24-27, 1999, Sacramento, California.

Technology Institute Fellow. College of Education, San Diego State University. June 1997-Present. Completed Technology Institute, June 1997.

Participation in the Zoo-phonics Workshops-"Teaching the World to Read" in Spanish and English. Radisson Hotel, San Diego January 31-February 1, 1997

California Association for Bilingual Education Conference 
San Jose, California January 9-11, 1996.

California Council for the Education of Teachers Conference 
Attended special session on the Commission on Accreditation: 
The Review Process. San Diego, California. October 6-9, 1995.

California Language Arts Framework Professional Development and Curriculum Leadership Symposium, Beyond Awareness: Issue and Answers. California Department of Education. Pacific Grove, CA February 22-24, 1995.

English Language Arts Framework–Imperial County Language Arts Leadership Team, Imperial County Office of Education. February 1995–1997.

Participation in the Title VII Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Workshop Los Angeles, CA. January 25-26, 1995.

Intercultural Communication for International Business
La Puertecita Boutiqu'hotel.San Miguel de Allende, October-November 1992.

Como comunicarse mejor con las personas amadas. Hotel Real de Minas, San Miguel de Allende, February 1992.

Support for Foreign Language Instruction: Is It Just Double-speak
Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of German 
Kerrville, Texas, December 1986.

Bilingual Program Curriculum Writing Workshop. 
Lamar Consolidated Independent School District 
Rosenberg, Texas, May 1985.

Are They Doing What We Tell Them? Bilingual Teacher Language Use and School District Guidelines. Texas Association for Bilingual Education Conference. Houston, Texas, October 1984.

Linguistic Interference in Second-language Reading
Texas A & I University Spring Bilingual Education Conference. 
Kingsville, Texas, February 1982.

Activities for English Oral Language Development. Region XII Education Service Center. Waco, Texas, April 1980.

Making the Transition from Spanish to English Reading in the Bilingual Classroom. Reading in Two Languages Conference 
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, January 1979.

Curriculum Development Workshop for Bilingual/ESL Teachers
Temple Independent School District, Temple, Texas, March 1979.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers Inservices
Region IV Education Service Center, Houston, Texas, June-July 1977.

Completed 6-day Leadership Development Program withTecnología Administrativa Moderna (TEAM), the Mexico City affiliate of the Center for Creative Leadership held in Querétaro, Mexico, October 1991. Certified as executive trainer and feedback counselor, Mexico City, September 1993.

Completed 3-day workshop in Strategic Planning in Education conducted by Dr. Roger Kaufman of the Center for Needs Assessment & Planning at Florida State University at the University of the Americas, Mexico City, January 1991.

Certified at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Training in Multicultural Programs and Diffusion of Innovations and Development Across Cultures at Marylhurst College, Portland, Oregon, July 1988. 


SDSU Undergraduate Council-Member 1996-Present.

Planning and coordination of the ONE CHILD-TWO COUNTRIES 
First Binational Education Conferencesponsored by San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus and El Colegio de Profesionales en la Educación de Baja California-Mexicali, Calexico, California, May 4, 1996.

NAFTA Conference Planning Committee and Coordinator of Interpreters. Conference sponsored by SDSU-IVC/CETYS, Calexico, CA–Mexicali, Mexico November 10-11, 1994.

Chairperson, Multicultural Ad Hoc Committee of the Master Plan & Strategic Planning Initiative. San Diego State University-IVC 
January 1995-Present

Multiple Subjects Admissions and Retention Committee 
SDSU School of Teacher Education, September 1997-1999.

Faculty Advisor for the Liberal Studies Association 
SDSU-IVC  September 1995-1997.

California Consortium for Teacher Development Literacy Research Fellow: University of California, Santa Cruz Eisenhower grant 
February 1997-Present.

Radio Program appearances on Education Reform for KPBS Radio These Days with Gloria Penner: July 31, 1998; October 9, 1998; June 23, 1999.

Presentation of Testimony on Fair Practices in the Assessment of Language Minority Students before the National Assessment Governing Board, November 2, 1998, Los Angeles.