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Jerry Valadez's Biography

media a Jerry Valadez
Teacher Enhancement for Student Success (TESS)

Read his Panel:
"Dispelling The Myth: Is There An Effect of Inquiry-Based Science Teaching On Standardized Reading Scores?"

Read his Paper in the Resource Section:
"A Preliminary Summary of Findings from a Study of the Effects of Hands-On/Inquiry-Based Instruction on SAT9 Reading Scores"

He has also presented a poster in the Poster Hall

Jerry D. Valadez is the K-12 Science Coordinator for Fresno Unified School District and the Co-director of the Central Valley Science Project. He holds degrees in Animal Science, Biology, and Chemistry. Advanced degree work includes a Masters in Educational Supervision and Evaluation, and is currently in a University of California doctoral program leading to an Ed.D. in educational leadership. A former high school and middle school science teacher, Jerry has also served four years as a middle school administrator. A microbiologist by training, Jerry’s early research interests centered on veterinary parasitology in zoo environments, and hematology. Science education research efforts have focused on science teacher leadership, science teacher efficacy, effective teaching practices, and strategies for English Learner students in science, and literacy connections in science. He is trained as a science classroom data collector and evaluator, and is also a contributing author of annual reports to the National Science Foundation for the Urban Systemic Initiative, the Urban Systemic Program, and the Local Systemic Change program. In 2000, Jerry was appointed to the Committee on Science Education (COSE) by the National Academy of Sciences. As a member of COSE, he works with experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavors to address critical national issues and give unbiased advice to the federal government and the public. He also serves with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) as a member on the Multicultural/Equity Committee, and is chair the 2002 NSTA panel for the Toyota Tapestry Awards in Literacy and Science. Honors received by Jerry include the California Biodiversity Institutes’ Cal Alive 2001 Educator of the Year, the National Science Administrator of the Year in 2000, the California Science Administrator Supporting Science in 1997, and California Department of Education citations for outstanding contributions to science education in 1994, 1993, and 1987.

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