Zulmaris   Diaz

Associate Professor  

Office: EEDUC EDUO 2.610
Phone: (956) 665-5362
Email: zulmaris.diaz@utrgv.edu

Dr. Zulmaris Diaz

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Dual language education, biliteracy development, bilingual pre-service teacher preparation
  • Education

    • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction , Texas A&M University - College Station, 2004
    • MEd, Educational Psychology , Texas A&M University - College Station, 1999
    • BA, Spanish, The University of Texas - Austin, 1991
  • Currently Teaching

    EDBE 4305 17R - Lang Arts Bilingual Class:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    EDCI 4637 17 - Stud Teaching Elem EC-6:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Olga Ramirez, C. McCollough, and Zulmaris Diaz. "Creating a Model of Acceptance: Pre-service Teachers Interact with Non-English Speaking Latino Parents Using Culturally Relevant Math and Science Activities at Family Learning. ," School Science and Mathematics Journal 116, no. 1 (2016): 43-54.

  • 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.

  • Olga Ramirez, C. McCollough, and Zulmaris Diaz. "The Quinceañera Event: Pre-service Teachers Implementing a Culturally Relevant Math Activity in a Hispanic Community. ," 9, no. 1 (2015): 52-80.

  • M Valle, H Waxman, Zulmaris Diaz, and Y Padron. "Classroom Instruction and the Mathematics Achievement of Non-English Learners and English Learners," Journal of Educational Research 106, no. 3 (2013): 173-182.

  • M Arreguin-Anerson, Zulmaris Diaz, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "El poder de la tutoría en pares bilingües durante la enseñanza de ciencia: Diseñando oportunidades para explicar," Universidad IberoAmericana: DIDAC 61, (2013).

  • Michael Whitacre, Zulmaris Diaz, and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Pre-service teachers: An analysis of reading instruction in high needs districts dual language classrooms," 6, no. 1 (2013): 5-20.

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Michael Whitacre, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "Provided students the opportunity to develop through inquiry and creativity; promoted students’ desire and capacity to expand their education; prepared students to become productive and responsible members of society; and taught first/second grade and high school Spanish," International Journal of Instruction (2013).

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Michael Whitacre, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "Provided students the opportunity to develop through inquiry and creativity; promoted students’ desire and capacity to expand their education; prepared students to become productive and responsible members of society; and taught first/second grade and high school Spanish," International Journal of Instruction (2013).

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Michael Whitacre, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "Provided students the opportunity to develop through inquiry and creativity; promoted students’ desire and capacity to expand their education; prepared students to become productive and responsible members of society; and taught first/second grade and high school Spanish," International Journal of Instruction (2013).

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "Why did I ask that question? Bilingual/ESL pre-service teachers’ insights.," International Journal of Instruction 6, no. 2 (2013): 5-18.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Zulmaris Diaz. An Analysis of Reading Practices used by Pre-Service Teachers in Bilingual Classrooms, College of Education’s Collaborative Research Grant, $1,400.00 ( )

  • Zulmaris Diaz. Graduate Research Assistant Award: Project ALAS (Advancing Language Academic Spanish) for Bilingual Preservice Teachers., CEP, $10,000.00 (September 2017 - May 2018)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo. The Effects of Self-Assessment on Cognitive Development Training for Bilingual Elementary Teacher, College of Education, $1,400.00 (2008 - 2009)

  • Michael Whitacre. An Analysis of Reading Practices used by Pre-Service Teachers in Bilingual Classrooms, University of Texas Pan American, $1,400.00 (May 2008 - May 2009)

  • Zulmaris Diaz. Pre-service Teachers and Their Use of Questioning Strategies, College of Education’s Collaborative Research Grant, $1,400.00 (January 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009)

  • Zulmaris Diaz. Bilingual Education Title VII, $13,000.00 (2000 - 2003)



Selected Presentations


  • Zulmaris Diaz. "Promoviendo el desarrollo de la escritura en nuestros hogares: Lo que los padres pueden hacer. ," Rio Grande Valley Texas Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference, RGV-TABE, South Padre Island, TX (February 2017)

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Cinthya Saavedra. "Culture and Context Matter in DLI: Examples from the border. Reviewers’ Choice. ," American Educational Studies Association , (November 2016)

  • Zulmaris Diaz. "Facilitando el desarrollo de la escritura en español en el aula bilingüe. ," Texas Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, Galveston, TX (October 2016)

  • Cherie McCollough, Olga Ramirez, and Diaz Zulmaris. "Creating a Model of Acceptance: Using Culturally Relevant Science and Mathematics at Family Learning Events," National Association of Research in Science Teaching Conference, National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, Maryland (April 2016)

  • Isela Almaguer and Zulmaris Diaz. "Advancing Bilingual Learner’s Linguistic and Content Literacy: An Instructional Framework for Academic Success.," National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) Annual Conference, National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), Chicago, IL (March 2016)

  • Zulmaris Diaz and Isela Almaguer. "Writing and Learning: Developing Spanish Writing in the Bilingual-Dual Language Classroom," National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) Annual Conference, National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), Chicago, IL (March 2016)

  • Zulmaris Diaz. "Desarrollando la escritura en el salón dual: Escribiendo un texto narrativo de experiencia personal," Texas Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, El Paso, TX (October 2015)

  • Zulmaris Diaz. "Toward Justice: Preparing Teachers and Teacher Candidates to Better Serve English Language Learners," American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association (AERA),, Chicago, IL (March 2015)

  • Isela Almaguer, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Zulmaris Diaz. "Fostering Bilingual Learners’ Linguistic and Content Literacy: An Instructional Framework for Academic Success," National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) , National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), Las Vegas, NV. (March 2015)

  • Zulmaris Diaz. "Desarrollando la lectura y escritura en español como fundación para la biliteracidad," Texas Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2014)

Current Courses

EDBE 4305 17R - Lang Arts Bilingual Class:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
EDCI 4637 17 - Stud Teaching Elem EC-6:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses