Jorge Valenzuela is both the lead educational coach at Lifelong Learning Defined and a teacher at Old Dominion University. Additionally, he is a national faculty of PBLWorks and a lead educator for littleBits. His work is aimed at helping schools understand and implement computational thinking, computer science, STEM, and project-based learning. Currently, Jorge presents nationally on these topics; is an award winner, an author, an education advocate, and frequent contributor to books, academic journals, how-to blogs, and webinars.
Part of his work is to travel annually with colleagues to meet Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress to advocate for educational technology (edtech) and effective teacher preparation. Also, 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 and was recently appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Virginia STEM Education Commission.
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 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.
Previously, he 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.