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Jerry D. Valadez



  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Education, Teacher: Science 


Dr. Jerry D. Valadez is former Director of the Central Valley MSP (2004-2008) and currently Director of the Central Valley Science Project, a University of California professional development network of science faculty, professional developers and teachers of science K-16. In addition he is an instructor for the Fresno Adult CTE Program and consults in the development of CTE curriculum for the University of California and California high schools. Previous experiences include medical technologist, science teacher at the middle to adult school levels, Learning Director, K-12 Science Coordinator, and Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. He also served as Director of NSF supported urban STEM initiatives and was an early pioneer in STEM schools concepts that combined rigorous academics with career technical and industry standards. A strong advocate of formal and informal learning for underserved children, Dr. Valadez was also PI on NSF and DOE supported informal STEM programs and co-creator and PI of a unique congressional FIE award that created the unique Fresno Mobile Science Workshop. He is frequently involved at the state and national level on issues related to STEM education and has assisted with the revision of the AP Core Standards in Science grades 7-12, and the focus group for the new K-12 Framework for Science Education. His experience also includes appointments to several commissions and national advisory boards, including the National Academy (2010-11 Successful STEM Schools Advisory Committee; 1999-2003 Committee On Science Education), the Congressional Commission on STEM Education for the 21st Century, and the AAAS Project 2061 Phase II Panel. He serves on review panels for the National Science Teachers Association, California Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation. He is an active member of NSTA, and served as chair of the 2011 National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. 


Areas of special interest for Jerry include urban and rural education, early literacy, English Learner strategies in science learning, literacy connections through science teaching, teacher efficacy, effective professional development models, and youth development through STEM experiences. 


SUCCESSFUL K-12 STEM EDUCATION-Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Committee on Highly Successful Schools or Programs for K-12 STEM Education; Board on Science Education and Board on National Research Council, 2011.

Investigating the Influence of Standards: A Framework for Research in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education-Reviewer and oversight committee member National Research Council: 2002.

Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge and Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers Preparedness to Teach Standards-Based Science

Coaching and Mentoring Science Teachers As A Primary Partnership Activity: The Central Valley Science Project; California Classroom Science " 2006

Innovation In Elementary Science: Yokomi Elementary Science Magnet School " submitted article to The Science Educator, 2006.

Yokomi Elementary Science Magnet " The Innovator