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Jorge Valenzuela

Jorge Valenzuela is a highly regarded performance and education coach, author, and speaker at Lifelong Learning Defined. He specializes in core instruction and is known for delivering quality professional training in team building, project-based learning, STEM pathways, and SEL integration throughout the curriculum.

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Jorge Valenzuela

Jorge Valenzuela describes how his experiences and research-based strategies inspired his book, Raising Equity Through SEL.

Jorge Valenzuela is a highly regarded performance and education coach, author, and speaker at Lifelong Learning Defined. Getting his start in education, he has aided numerous educators in enhancing their leadership and instructional innovation abilities. He is a specialist in core instruction and is known for delivering quality professional training in team building, project-based learning, STEM pathways, and SEL integration throughout the curriculum. He collaborates with superintendents and offers professional development through ASCD, Corwin, Instructional Innovation Partners, and Solution Tree. He has written multiple books and hosts the Lifelong Learning Defined podcast.


Presentations by Jorge Valenzuela

Seven Strands
Topics listed with an * are popular options at events catering to larger groups of educators.

Keynote Strand​
  • Leading and Teaching at Our Best*
  • Steps to Personal & Professional Innovation for Educators*
  • Innovative Teaching with Technology
  • Increasing Opportunity for Every Student*
    • Socially and Academically​
    • Careers in Computing
    • STEM Pathways
Instructional Leadership Strand
  • Strategies for Creating Shared Agreements for School Teams
  • Conducting Learning Walks to Support Instructional Innovation
  • Strategies for Providing Teachers Better Feedback
  • Strategies for Supporting Teachers During Times of Crisis
  • A 5-Step Coaching Model for Instructional Innovation
Curriculum and Instruction and Coaching Strand
  • Aligning Instruction and Assessment Using Backwards Curriculum Mapping
  • Boosting Critical Thinking across the Curriculum
  • Strategies for Boosting Instructional Innovation across the Curriculum
  • Using Frequent Feedback Cycles to Guide Student Work
  • A 5-Step Coaching Model for Instructional Innovation
Equity and SEL and Emotional Intelligence Strand
  • Tools for Understanding and Mastering Difficult Emotions for Educators*
  • Strategies for Activating SEL across the Curriculum*
  • A Protocol to Encourage Restorative Classroom Discussions
  • Tools for Examining Our Knowledge of Students
  • Empathy Mapping for Making Instructional Decisions​
Project-Based Learning Strand
  • A Simple, Effective Framework for PBL
  • PBL Master Class (2-Day Workshop)
  • Applying PBL to Social and Emotional Learning (2 Days)
  • Applying PBL to Environmental Science to Address Authentic Problems (2 Days)
  • Applying PBL to STEM and Computational Thinking (2 Days)
STEM and Computer Science Pathways Strand
  • Strategies for Activating STEM across the Curriculum*
  • How to Get Started Teaching Coding
  • STEM and Computer Science Master Class (2 Days)
  • Applying PBL to Environmental Science to Address Authentic Problems (2 Days)
  • Applying PBL to STEM and Computational Thinking (2 Days)
Youth and Emerging Adults Strand
  • Strategies for Youth to Align Passion to Purpose and Education*
  • Receiving Mentorship
  • Emotional Intelligence Skills for Personal and Social Competence
  • Goal-Setting (Personal and Professional)
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Career Pathway Development
  • Financial Literacy