Luis Valentino

 Luis Valentino: Personal Biography

 Luis R. Valentino, Ed.D. serves as CEO for the Valgar Institute, an education consulting and coaching firm.  Luis supports school district and leaders across several states, providing direction on strategic planning, and coaching on leadership strategies to cabinet level members.  His approach to supporting schools and districts is based on the belief that as the world continues to rapidly evolve, educational leaders need to adapt and base their decisions on long-term results rather than short-term impact.

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Luis Valentino is the host of the District Leader podcast, and publisher of Valgar Publishing, an independent book publisher.  He feels that supporting new authors is important to ensuring the continuous generation of concepts and ideas becoming an integral voice in our world.

Luis R. Valentino previously served as Superintendent for the Albuquerque Public Schools and as Associate Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for the San Francisco Unified School District.  Before joining the San Francisco Unified School District, Luis worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District where he served for 24 years as area director, principal and assistant principal, district program coordinator, and classroom teacher.  Working in three large urban districts has given him a strong perspective on the challenges that exist in urban America,  but also the possible opportunities that leaders can recognize and utilize.

Luis Valentino has taught at UCLA, USC, and Cal State, Los Angeles. This has allowed him to remain connected to the best thinking guiding the work of teaching and learning.  The teachers and administrators he taught have kept him present to the powerful relationship and balance between theory and practice.

Luis Valentino holds a BS degree from the University of Texas at Austin, an MS from Pepperdine University and an MA from the Cal State, Los Angeles.  He also holds an Ed.D. from UCLA.

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