Helping to STOP Racism and Stand for Justice
June 24, 2020
Lifelong Learning Defined is deeply saddened by the continued unjust killing of African American people and the systemic racism and inequality of people of color throughout our country. What happened to George Floyd is not acceptable to us and as an organization, we pledge to take active steps to educate and heal others within the educational community about the long-term effects of systemic racism on people of color along with solutions for its dismantling.
See ‘Systemic Racism Explained’ video by act.tv
How STEM Teachers Can 'Rev Up Robotics' in the Classroom or After School
March 10, 2020
Andy Larmand of Eduporium features Jorge Valenzuela — who has become an influential figure in STEM education and has experience in both classroom and online teaching as well as higher education instruction. Check out his in-depth educator guide called Rev Up Robotics, which has been labeled a ‘must-have’ for teachers who want to teach with robotics.
Lifelong Learning Defined lead coach — Jorge Valenzuela has joined the Teach Better Team Speakers Network
January 1, 2020
Jorge Valenzuela has years of experience in education as a classroom and online teacher, a curriculum specialist, and now an educational coach and consultant. Currently, Jorge is an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined (LLD). Through LLD — he provides engaging professional development (PD) and coaches assistant superintendents, directors, principals, and teachers. Additionally, he provides PD on behalf of the Teach Better Team and PBLWorks.
The Teach Better Speakers Network is dedicated to supporting the entire school ecosystem. Covering a variety of educational topics and services, each speaker aims to support educators in the field toward creating and maintaining a progressive, student-focused classroom.
January 19, 2020
Educational coach Jorge Valenzuela is interviewed by Michael Neihoff about his NEW book from ISTE which is intended to be a hands-on, step-by-step guide for any teacher who wants to engage their students and teach real world skills through robotics. The book is designed to help K-8 teachers in any content area get started in these skills, level-up practice, and engage their students at higher levels.
Rev Up Robotics Aims for Computer Science Accessibility & Application
Kaine Leads Bipartisan Bill to Redesign High School with Greater CTE Focus
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), founding member of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, led U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. The bill would provide federal funding for partnerships between school districts, employers, and institutions of higher education in Virginia and other states that integrate high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs into high schools. These partnerships help students earn industry-recognized credentials or credit toward a postsecondary degree or certificate and an understanding of the relevance of coursework in the context of a future career. According to the nonpartisan organization Achieve, nearly 80% of college instructors and 60% of employers indicate that public high schools fall short in preparing students for postsecondary education.
Educational coach, Jorge Valenzuela, is quoted in the press release.
“The CTE Excellence and Equity Act provides data and research to address funding support for the much-needed redesign of more equitable CTE high school experiences that will help prepare more students to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Richmond Public Schools Career and Technical Education Instructional Specialist Jorge Valenzuela. “In order for our students to truly be successful throughout life after high school, CTE must be integrated into the instructional models of school divisions throughout our entire country.” - Jorge Valenzuela