Jose Flores is a Comite Civico del Valle civics and environmental advisor, and former social studies educator for 25 years at Brawley Union High School. He served as California Department of Education Instructional Quality Commissioner from 2014–18, and on California’s K–12 Civic Learning Task Force and Environmental Literacy Task Force. He is a UC–CSU ECCLPS advisor, California School Leadership Academy advisor, and a CDE transition team member serving State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. He is the recipient of the 2018 California School Board Award, the 2017 California Council for Social Studies Award, the 2017 California Golden Bell Award, a 2016 National Presidential Innovative Educator Award, the 2015 ACETA Teacher Award, the 2014 ACSA Teacher of the Year Award, the California Civic Learning Award of Excellence, and State Assembly, State Senate, and US Congressional Instructional Recognition Awards.
The article below was featured as an op-ed in La Opinión. La Opinión is a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, USA and distributed throughout the six counties of Southern California. It is the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States and second most-read newspaper in Los Angeles. HERE is a link to the original […]
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions are selected to receive this award. The White House Council on Environmental Quality […]