Isela   Almaguer

Professor  

Office: EEDUC 2.632
Phone: (956) 665-3630
Email: isela.almaguer@utrgv.edu

Dr. Isela Almaguer

Dr. Isela Almaguer is a Professor and a Houston Endowed Chair in Education in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies in the College of Education and P-16 Integration at UTRGV. Her research interests include bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism across various cultures, literacy development and reading achievement for emergent bilinguals in dual language contexts, and academic and linguistic proficiency development across content areas. Additionally, her research extends to second language learning in dual and bilingual settings and the role of culture as an asset to mediate learning in academic and community-based spaces.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • literacy and biliteracy development, reading achievement for emergent bilinguals in dual language contexts, academic and linguistic proficiency development across the content areas, second language learning in dual language settings, the role of culture as an asset to mediate learning in academic and community-based spaces.
  • Education

    • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Houston, 2003
    • MEd, Reading, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1995
    • BIS, Interdisciplinary Studies, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1993
  • Currently Teaching

    READ 3324 09 - Reading Comp & Assessment:
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    RLIT 6356 90L - Practicum I:
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    READ 3324 08 - Reading Comp & Assessment:
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Selected Publications


  • Isela Almaguer, Zulmaris Diaz, and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Project-Based Learning: Exploring Innovations for 21st Century English Learners," Teacher Education and Practice 28, no. 1 (2015): 177-189.

  • Michael Whitacre, Carmen Pena, and Isela Almaguer. "Enhancing Literacy in Dual Langauge Classrooms: A Comparison of Pre-Service Teachers Reflective Observations of Conducting a Lanague Experience Approach and Using Smart Board Technology with English Language Learners," Thousand Oaks, California: International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance LEarning 12, no. 9 (September 2015): 59-68.

  • Carmen Pena and Isela Almaguer. "The Use of Digital Storytelling to Promote Reflective Practice in Teacher Education," Online: International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning 11, no. 4 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2014): 3-10.

  • Isela Almaguer and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Cultivating Bilingual Learners’ Language Arts Knowledge: A Framework for Successful Teaching," International Journal of Instruction 6, no. 2 (2013).

  • Isela Almaguer. Project-Based Learning: Exploring Innovations for 21st Century English Learners. Texas: TABE Newsletter, Volume XIX, Issue II, XIX, no. II 2013.

  • Isela Almaguer, Zulmaris Diaz, and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Advancing Linguistic and Content Literacy for Bilingual Learners: A Framework for Academic Success," Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education - Library of Congress, 2012.

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Isela Almaguer. "Alfabetizando matemáticamente a estudiante bilingües: Un marco teórico”," Journal of Bilingual Education Research & Instruction 14, no. 1 (2012).

  • Jennifer Esquierdo, Maria Reyes, and Isela Almaguer. "Chapter 4: Instructional models, planning, and assessment," Classroom connections to teaching: A resource for teacher of Latino students. Dubuque, IO: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2012.

  • Isela Almaguer, Maria Reyes, and Michael Whitacre. "Classroom management," Classroom Connections to Teaching. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2012: 173-201.

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Developing Science Literacy for Bilingual Learners: A Framework for Effective Learning," Teacher Education and Practice 25, no. 1 (2012).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Isela Almaguer. Houston Endowment Endowed Chair in Education, Houston Endowment Endowed Chair in Education, (2016 - 2019)

  • Isela Almaguer. Project SOAR: Spanish Opportunities that Accelerate Reading , CEP Awarded Graduate Assistant for Research , (August 2016 - August 2018)

  • Isela Almaguer. UTRGV Summer Writing Program, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity (VPFAD) and Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) , The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $500.00 ( 2017)

  • Cinthya Saavedra. Literacy 2.0. , Special Interest Research Groups, College of Education & P16 Integration, $1,000.00 (November 2016 - August 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer. UTRGV Faculty Travel Support, Faculty Travel Fund Award, $600.00 (September 2016 - May 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer. i-LIMAS Grant (Improving Literacy Math Skills for 2nd graders) Improving Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program , PSJA ISD Collaboration, ( 2016)

  • Isela Almaguer. Project GIFT: Gifted Identification for Todos , CEP Awarded Graduate Assistant for Research , (August 2015 - August 2016)

  • Irasema Gonzalez. Improving Early Childhood Education Teacher Preparation, UT Health Science Center -Children's Learning Institute, $84,000.00 (August 2013 - August 2015)

  • Isela Almaguer. Improving Teacher Preparation Grant (ITP), UT Health Science Center, Children's Learning Institute, $84,000.00 (August 2013 - August 2015)

  • Isela Almaguer. Project AMIGO: Active Mentoring by Implementing Guidance and Organization School District in South Texas , (2013 - 2014)



Selected Presentations


  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Latino Bilingual Students’ Identification for Gifted Programs: An Analysis of Matrices Utilized in Texas," Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Houston, Texas (December 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Teacher Perception of Bilingual Gifted Students," Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Houston, Texas (December 2017)

  • Janine Schall, Patricia McHatton, Eugenio Saenz, Isela Almaguer, Angela Chapman, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Jennifer Esquierdo, Veronica Estrada, Ariana Garza, Jacqueline Koonce, Leticia Deleon, Karin Lewis, Dagoberto Ramirez, Felicia Rodriguez, Cinthya Saavedra, and Vejoya Viren. "Building Identity, Practice and Research at a Hispanic Serving College of Education, Pt. 1," 45th Annual TABE Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer, Angela Chapman, Leticia Deleon, Jennifer Esquierdo, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Veronica Estrada, Ariana Garza, Jacqueline Koonce, Karin Lewis, Patricia McHatton, Dagoberto Ramirez, Felicia Rodriguez, Cinthya Saavedra, Eugenio Saenz, Janine Schall, and Vejoya Viren. "Building Identity, Practice and Research at a Hispanic Serving College of Education, Pt. 2," 45th Annual TABE Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer. "Literacies of Life: Examining the Pivotal Nature of Culture on Language, Literacy and Learning," International Conference on Learning and the Learner Research Network, International Conference on Learning and the Learner Research Network, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (July 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer and Jennifer Esquierdo. "The Matrix for the Identification of GT Students and its Impact on Gifted Bilingual Students," Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Gifted Plus, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Gifted Plus, San Antonio, Texas (June 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Plus Conference, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, San Antonio, Texas (June 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer. "What Does Culture Have To Do With It? The Role Of Culture On Literacy," National Social Science Association (NSSA) , National Social Science Association (NSSA), Las Vegas, NV. (April 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Latino Bilingual Students’ Underrepresentation in Gifted Programs," National Association for Bilingual Education, (February 2017)

  • Irasema Gonzalez, Michael Whitacre, and Isela Almaguer. "Lets Play! Developing Culturally Relevant Play Centers in the Bilingual Early Childhood Classroom," National Association of Bilingual Educators, Dallas, Texas (February 2017)

Current Courses

READ 3324 09 - Reading Comp & Assessment:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
RLIT 6356 90L - Practicum I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
READ 3324 08 - Reading Comp & Assessment:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses