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Publications by Jorge Valenzuela of Lifelong Learning Defined reflect his consistent dedication to scholarly service and scholarly activity. Here are all of his contributions to books, academic journals, and magazines. 

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Raising Equity through SEL:

A Framework for Implementing Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Restorative Practices

Publication date: October, 2022

Activate social-emotional learning effectively in your classroom with a framework that integrates trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and restorative teaching practices.


Raising Equity Through SEL is your trusted source for sound pedagogy that addresses the academic and social-emotional needs of a diverse classroom community. Each strategy, tool, and template is designed to facilitate your practice by making SEL easier to implement.


Environmental Science for Grades 6-12: A Project-Based Approach to Solving the Earth's Most Urgent Problems

Publication date: August, 2021

Environmental science (ES) education is essential to providing students with opportunities for hands-on investigations to find solutions to complex environmental problems. But the recent COVID-19 crisis has dramatically curtailed student access to ES-focused experiences, particularly affecting students of color and those from low-income communities. At the same time, changes in pollution and air quality levels, as well as a resurgence of wildlife, have created new avenues for students to connect with the revitalized world through technology and social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies.

Project-based learning (PBL), with its emphasis on inquiry and authentic challenges, can be an effective approach to teaching ES. Those new to PBL may not feel they have adequate training. Likewise, teachers who haven’t taught ES may question how to incorporate it into their curriculum. This book addresses both situations, providing practical guidance for teachers, along with examples of technology-rich, learner-centered student projects covering a range of timely and cross-curricular topics such as endangered animal populations, maintenance of oceans, rebounding of bee populations and urban air quality.

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SEL in Action Tools to Help Students Learn and Grow (Jump Start Guide) 

Publication date: March, 2021

This six-page laminated reference guide by Jorge Valenzuela gives educators a five-step framework to implement social-emotional learning (SEL) with their students to help them achieve success in school and life.

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How to Teach Coding to Kids

Publication date: December 2020

This eBook has everything you need to incorporate coding and computational thinking into what you are already teaching by learning where to start and how to scaffold lessons for each student. By applying the included framework for teaching coding, you can level up your coding education skills over time and develop a strong foundation for computational thinking and computer science integration across your curriculum.

Ready, Set, Robotics! by Jorge Valenzuela

Ready, Set, Robotics! (Jump Start Guide) 

Publication date: February, 2021

This six-page laminated reference guide by Jorge Valenzuela shares practical strategies, tools and lesson ideas for incorporating robotics and computational thinking into your teaching.

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The Webby Trend Report

Overwrite Tomorrow

Publication date: October 2020

This year’s Webby Trend Report, Overwrite Tomorrow, examines how the global shutdown has accelerated innovation across the Internet, and our lives. The work we’ve seen communities create online—mutual aid networks, virtual events, social media series—have become a launching pad for what the future can hold. We look at how the Internet has accelerated innovation across areas like entertainment, healthcare, education, our personal connections, and more. Dive in for insights on how consumers are responding via a survey of 3,000 people across the U.S., conducted in partnership with YouGov, as well as interviews with industry leaders: Bob Boilen, Creative Director, NPR, Tiny Desk; Monica Cravotta, VP of Marketing, WP Engine; Deborah Hyun, Sr. Vice President of Global Marketing, Headspace; Bob Galmarini, Sr. Director of Brand Design, Slack; Rahna Epting, Executive Director, MoveOn; Andrew Greiner, Executive Editor, North America, YouGov; and Jorge Valenzuela, Education Coach, Author and Advocate.

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Teachers Deserve It

Publication date: August 2020

Every day, educators across the country give students their very best. Yet all too often, the passion teachers put into their work—and the “why” that led them to it in the first place—goes unrecognized. Too many teachers feel overwhelmed, stressed out, underpaid, and unheard.

That needs to change. Teachers deserve respect. Teachers deserve time. Teachers deserve better. 

Whether you’re an educator, an ally, or an advocate, if you’re ready to ignite change in your community, consider this your invitation to be a spark.

Chapter 8, Teachers Deserve to be Connected:

Jorge Valenzuela discusses the mission of his work through his company Lifelong Learning Defined.


Rev Up Robotics

Publication date: February 2020

Unlike other robotics books and curriculum, Rev Up Robotics takes a cross-curricular approach, showing educators how to begin incorporating robotics in tandem with computational thinking into content area lessons or adapting for electives. 

The book meets readers where they are and is arranged in three major parts.


Part 1 covers the basics, defining robotics and sharing real-world applications along with how to teach foundational skills for computational thinking and computer science. 


Part 2 shows robotics in practice within the context of content areas and features lesson plans mapped to academic and technology standards, including the ISTE Standards and the Computer Science Teachers Association Standards.


Part 3 offers advice on pedagogy and teaching strategies backed by research from the learning sciences, and shares approaches to teaching robotics using project-based learning or as part of after-school clubs or robotics competitions.


Empowered Learner

Publication date: September 2020

Empowered Learner is the International Society for Technology in Education's member magazine. 


ISTE Member Spotlight:

Jorge Valenzuela: He found his purpose as a national education advocate. 


Publication date: Fall 2019

In the last three years, integration of both computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) into K-12 instruction has become a focus of many schools throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States. With this new widespread demand, educational leaders and educators are focusing efforts on understanding the core concepts and practices of CT and CS, looking for logical connections for integrating across curriculum, and seeking strategies for implementing a wide variety of educational technology tools (apps and devices).


Publication date: Fall 2019

The Journal of Technology Education provides a forum for scholarly discussion on topics relating to technology and engineering-related education.


Book Review: 

Creative Coding: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Computer

Science Across the 6-8 Curriculum — Jorge Valenzuela


Publication date: July 2019

Empowered Learner is the International Society for Technology in Education's member magazine. 


Standards Spotlight:

Computational Thinking Competencies: Embrace integration across the curriculum — Jorge Valenzuela


Empowered Learner 

Publication date: January 2019

Empowered Learner is the International Society for Technology in Education's member magazine. 


ISTE Member Spotlight:

Advocacy gives voice to those who need it most

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Publication date: June 22, 2018

Technology in the K-12 classroom is no longer an option. To prepare students for the future of work, life and citizenship, every school needs to be equipped with digital tools and staffed by educators who can harness technology to accelerate innovation in teaching and learning. Edtech for the K-12 Classroom is designed to empower future teachers to use technology effectively in their classrooms and schools. Meant to supplement or replace edtech textbooks, this ebook is a compilation of articles and multimedia offering concrete lesson plans, inspiring reflections and advice from edtech experts on how to empower learners using technology. The book includes readings, supplemented by videos, webinars and infographics, tied to the widely adopted ISTE Standards with examples on how to align lessons to the ISTE Standards for Students to empowers learners to be effective communicators, computational thinkers, innovative designers, global collaborators and digital citizens.

Chapter 6, Digital Equity:

Focus on equity to ensure that all students are ‘computer science material.’ — Jorge Valenzuela


The Elementary STEM Journal

Children's Technology and Engineering, Volume 22, Issue 3

Publication date: March 2018

Winner of ASAE's Gold Circle Award for Most Improved Journal and produced electronically four times each school year, The Elementary STEM Journal (formerly Children's Technology and Engineering) is a dynamic, practical journal for anyone interested in technological literacy in Grades K-6. 


Featured Activity: Introduce Coding to Students with the littleBits Code Kit —Jorge Valenzuela

Literacy Strategies:

Literacy Strategies in STEM Education — Jorge Valenzuela


Publication date: April 2, 2017

The PBL Starter Kit is written for middle school and high school teachers who are new to PBL. It contains easy to read, to-the-point advice about designing, assessing, and managing your first, relatively simple project, with examples and tools to help you plan it well. It can be used as a supplement to BIE professional development workshops or as a stand-alone guide to PBL.


Project Spotlight:

Moving from Dessert Projects to Gold Standard PBL: Bridge/Tower Design Challenges — Jorge Valenzuela

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