Jerry Lassos is a member of the Tongva tribe, Indigenous to Los Angeles. In a career that spans over 30 years he was a teacher, Gifted and Talented teacher, and GT Resource Consultant in Colorado's largest school district. He was an Indian Education tutor and a district diversity trainer. He was a recipient of Jefferson County Public Schools' Wayne Carle Diversity Award. Most recently a GT Resource Consultant and an American Indian Resource Specialist in Denver Public Schools, he passionately advocated for Native American students and families. Jerry was a founding board member of the highly successful STRIVE Prep Charter Network which has spawned six middle schools, two high schools, and an elementary school opening in 2013. His cultural sensitivity background includes participation in the Teaching Tolerance Institute sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Multicultural Education Center at the University of Washington where he worked with Dr. James Banks. He also received training from Dee Grayson's Generating Expectations for Student Achievement (GESA) as well as Gary Howard's Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage (REACH). Jerry has presented at National Indian Education Association conferences, including the Legislative Summit, College Board's Native American Student Advocacy Institute, and the Tribal Leader Education Roundtable in South Dakota. He was a keynote speaker at the Wyoming Indian Education Conference.
Passionate Advocates for VISUAL-SPATIAL LEARNERS
Steven Haas, ISLA Associate, Director Visual-Spatial Learners Project; Chantell Denson, Former Superintendent Fremont #38 School District, Wyo; and Jerry Lassos, ISLA Associate
Jerry Lassos, ISLA Associate, and William Mendoza, Executive Director White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
Steven Haas, ISLA Associate, Director Visual-Spatial Learners Project, greeting Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education