Pearson Calle de la Lectura Authors and Consulting Authors

Jill Kerper Mora, Ed.D.

Jill Kerper Mora, Ed.D.

Associate Professor Emerita
San Diego State University

Elena Izquierdo

Elena Izquierdo

Associate Professor
University of Texas at El Paso

J. Arnoldo Cuevas Antillón

J. Arnoldo Cuevas Antillón

Language Arts Project Specialist

Jorge Arnoldo Cuevas Antillón is a former English language learner raised in a family that emigrated from rural Mexico in the 1970s.

Jorge began his career in education as a teacher’s helper in the 6th grade when he became a tutor for third graders at his own elementary school. Since then, he has worked as college tutor, an elementary classroom bilingual teacher, a high school Spanish and math teacher, a language arts resource teacher, an ELD/bilingual Title VII program coordinator, and as a university instructor for teacher credential candidates at Stanford, UCSD and SDSU. He has a teacher’s credential and a Master’s of Education degree from UCLA, and a Master’s of Arts degree from Stanford University where he hopes to someday finish his doctorate. His passion is supporting schools working on interventions for struggling readers and English language learners.

Jorge serves as a lead reading coach and content expert for high poverty schools in the Escondido Union School District. He now provides staff development on language arts for all K-8th teachers, especially for the state-adopted standards-based curricular programs. Additionally, he is a statewide trainer for both English and Spanish literacy instruction through the California Reading & Literature Project and several counties offices of education.

Silvia C. Dorta-Duque de Reyes

Silvia C. Dorta-Duque de Reyes

Spanish Language Arts/ELD Coordinator

Silvia C. Dorta-Duque de Reyes is a strong advocate for bilingual education,. She actively affirms the value and importance of proficient bilingualism and the revitalization of rigorous Spanish language instruction as the most effective venue to acquire high levels of language proficiency in English. She works vigorously to insure system wide accountability towards the academic achievement of English Learners. She is also known for her contributions in the areas of curriculum design, staff development and parent involvement. Her area of expertise is bi-literacy with a focus on academic writing and the organization of instruction for explicit teaching of Spanish to English skill transference. She is a lead developer of AB466 and Reading First en Español Year I curriculum in California. As statewide AB466 provider, she has coordinated and conducted instructor certification trainings for the past four years. Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes has various academic publications including the Estándares de Lecto-Escritura en Español, a correlation of the California Language Arts Content standards with linguistic adaptation explicit to Spanish. One of her most recent collaboration includes the California Language Arts Standards: Side by Side a document that differentiates the English Language Arts Standards by levels of language acquisition.