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Mabel Rivera, Ph.D.

Mabel Rivera

Research Assistant Professor
Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics
Ph.D., Florida State University

Texas Learning and Computational Center Annex, Room 100
832-842-7007
mabel.rivera@times.uh.edu

Biographical Summary

Dr. Mabel Rivera is a Research Assistant Professor at the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics in the University of Houston. Currently, she is the Deputy Director of the National Center on Instruction-English Language Learners Strand. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the teacher preparation programs focused on characteristics and methods for teaching students with disabilities. Dr. Rivera is a former teacher of students with special needs in a public school system.

Research Interests

Education and prevention of academic difficulties in English Language Learners and students with disabilities.

Selected Publications

Al Otaiba, S., & Rivera, M. (2006). Individualizing guided oral Reading fluency instruction for students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Intervention School and Clinic, 41, 144-149.

Francis, D.J., & Rivera, M.O. (2007). Principles underlying English language proficiency tests and academic accountability for ELLs. In J. Abedi (Ed.), English language proficiency assessment in the nation: Current status and future practice, (pp. 13-31). University of California, Davis, School of Education.

Francis, D.J., Rivera, M., Lesaux, N., Kieffer, M., & Rivera, H. (2006). Practical guidelines for the education of English language learners: Research based recommendations for instruction and academic interventions. Available at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/ELL1-Interventions.pdf.

Kieffer, M. J., Lesaux, N. K., Rivera, M. & Francis, D. J. (2009). Accommodations for English language learners taking large-scale assessments: A meta-analysis on effectiveness and validity. Review of Educational Research, 79(3).

Rivera, M., Al Otaiba, S., & Koorland, M. (2006). Reading instruction for students with emotional-behavioral disorders and at-risk of antisocial behaviors in primary grades: Review of literature. Behavioral Disorders, 31, 323-339.

Torgesen, J.K., Houston, D. D., Rissman, L.M., Decker, S.M., Roberts, G., Vaughn, S., Wexler, J., Francis, D.J., Rivera, M.O., & Lesaux, N. (2007). Academic literacy instruction for adolescents: A guidance document from the Center on Instruction. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction.