Chief Program Officer
IDEA Public Schools
Dolores Gonzalez is in her 13th year as Chief Program Officer at IDEA Public Schools. She currently oversees the curriculum and instruction, assessment, athletics, special programs, accountability, and instructional strategy at a national level for grades K-12 across 143 schools within Texas, Southern Louisiana, Florida, and Ohio, impacting over 85,000 students and growing. Initiatives she is currently leading at IDEA include AP for All, intensive content training for teachers and leaders, crafting our vision of 1:1, and Critical Student Intervention (CSI), which is research-based reading and math intervention for IDEA’s most academically at-risk students. Before becoming Chief Academic Officer, Dolores was Director of Special Education for two years, and Vice President of Student Support Services for four years. Prior to that, she was a special education teacher in San Diego ISD, in San Diego, Texas. Dolores was born and raised throughout the state of Texas until she and her family ultimately settled in Kingsville, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University–Kingsville where she majored in Psychology and minored in Business Administration. In 2003, she also received her teacher certification and Master’s degree in Special Education. Dolores currently lives in McAllen, Texas and enjoys reading and spending time with her family and her two puppy huskies, Luna and Nanook.