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CEEL invites you to an in-person keynote address on October 10, 2024 featuring Dr. Jill Kerper Mora, Associate Professor Emerita from the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University.

Dr. Mora’s career as a biliteracy educator began in Texas where she was an elementary bilingual teacher, a secondary Spanish teacher, and a consultant for the Texas Education Agency’s Region IV Service Center in Houston. She has engaged in scholarship, leadership and teaching as a university teacher educator specializing in preparing teachers for work with culturally and linguistically diverse students in Texas, California, and Mexico. She brings an international perspective to the arena of Spanish language and literacy education. Dr. Mora served as Resident Director of the California State University International Program and Bilingual Teacher Credential Program in Querétaro, Mexico in 2003-2005. While serving the CSU in Mexico, Dr. Mora conducted a comprehensive study of the Mexico National Reading Program reforms with a focus on first grade classrooms with her colleague Diane Taboada.  

Dr. Mora has received numerous honors and awards for her activism and scholarship. In 2002, she received the California Association for Bilingual Education Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity for her MoraModules Website for biliteracy and English language development educators. In 2009, Dr. Mora was recognized with the Promoting Biliteracy Award from the Two-way California Association for Bilingual Education for her strong advocacy for educational equity for language minority students.  

In her active retirement, Dr. Mora continues to work as an author of professional books for dual language teachers and as a consulting author with Benchmark Education Company. She maintains her MoraModules Website at The website includes a Book Companion Website to accompany her textbook Spanish Language Pedagogy for Biliteracy Programs (2016) with Montezuma Publishing. Dr. Mora’s book, co-authored with Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes, titled Biliteracy and cross-cultural teaching: A framework for standards-based transfer instruction in dual language programs will be published in January 2025 with Brookes Publishing.   

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