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.
Through modeling direct instruction in tandem with evidence-based strategies and educational protocols, Jorge provides sessions for educators that are inspirational, actionable, and fun. These sessions aim to redesign entire schools and classrooms by empowering educators to understand and implement federal policy, the needs of the workforce, and sound teaching practice through project-based learning, computational thinking and computer science integration, STEM education, and equity-based restorative practices.
Jorge is also both a published researcher and author and an avid blogger with his work featured by USA Today, Mediaplanet USA, Edutopia, ISTE, eSchool News, Tech and Learning, PBLWorks, and on Medium. He is also an advocate for educational technology and effective teacher preparation and is a recipient of both ISTE’s Computer Science Excellence Award and STEM Excellence Award. He has also earned the Lynn Barrier Engineering Leadership Award for his contributions to STEM education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and was recently appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Virginia STEM Education Commission.
Awards, Accomplishments & Previous Work
Jorge is the 2018 and 2019 awardee of ISTE’s Computer Science Excellence Award and ISTE's STEM Excellence Award. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Lynn Barrier Engineering Leadership Award for his contributions to STEM education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a 2017 Emerging Leader honoree for the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
In the 2019-2020 school year, Jorge has joined the Empowered Learner Magazine advisory panel for ISTE.
In 2018 Jorge and other education leaders from around the country attended Washington, D.C. to educate policymakers about the critical role of technology in transforming education at the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit. There Jorge and his colleagues led specific discussions on E-Rate, Title II and IV block grant funding, and net neutrality with policymakers.
In January 2017, Jorge participated as an expert panel member in the U.S. Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus briefing to discuss how federal policy can support the intersection of infrastructure and Career and Technical Education (CTE). Also, his statement is in the bipartisan CTE Excellence and Equity Act press release proposed to support the redesign of American high schools with more of a CTE focus.
In 2007-2017, Jorge supervised the Technology and Engineering Education program at Richmond Public Schools for nine years. There he served school division priorities with STEM leadership projects that integrate and connect both academic and CTE K-12 classrooms to higher education and the workforce.