Doris Alvarez is currently the Director of The Educator Network located at the University Of California San Diego Temporal Dynamics Of Learning Center (TDLC) where she has formed a structure for bringing educators and scientists together in discussions about learning and teaching and translation of neuroscience research findings to education. Currently there are two active Educator Panels who meet regularly with scientists in such discussions. The panels are located in San Diego and Boulder, Colorado. Doris serves on the Executive Committee of TDLC and is the educational consultant for the center.
Prior to this she was a high school principal who founded and led The Preuss School at UCSD, one of the most successful charter schools for disadvantaged students in the nation for 9 years. Under her leadership and continuing today 98% of students are admitted to top colleges and universities. The school’s state ranking is one of the highest in the state and for the past six years in a row Newsweek has named the school one of the top high schools in the nation. Before coming to The Preuss School, Alvarez was the Principal of Hoover High School for over a decade. Under her leadership the school was named a Cutting Edge Reform School by the Department of Education and she was responsible for founding the first school based health clinic in the city. As a result of her work at Hoover High, Dr. Alvarez was named National Principal of the Year in 1997, State Principal of the Year in 1996 and a Milken Educator in 1995.
Her research interests have been in the science of learning. Toward that end, she created unique opportunities for teacher development and personalized education in both of the high schools. This included carving out time in the school day for teacher collaboration, research, and learning. These weekly activities were an important ingredient in the success of The Preuss School and to Hoover High School. It also accounted for her enthusiasm in partnering The Preuss School with the Temporal Dynamics for Learning initiative, where neuroscience research could be translated to learning in the classroom.