Audience in Lecture






Chief Academic Officer


IDEA Public Schools


Dolores Gonzalez is in her eleventh year as Chief Academic Officer at IDEA Public Schools. She currently oversees the curriculum and instruction, assessment, athletics, special programs, and the research and analysis departments at a national level for grades PK-12 across 120 schools in four regions within Texas, Southern Louisiana, and Florida, impacting over 66,000 students and growing. Initiatives she is currently leading at IDEA include AP for All, adding PK at every IDEA school, 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.