Ida Rose Florez is a learning scientist and education management executive who specializes in creating effective local and large-scale education systems. She has worked in public and private education for over 25 years. Ida Rose recently launched Early Childhood System Solutions, a consulting practice supporting effective systems development. She was recently executive director of the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS). Prior to joining EIS, Ida Rose led multimillion-dollar educational strategic initiatives in California and Arizona, directed the development of cutting-edge teacher professional development programs, and served as a senior advisor to elected and appointed state education officers.
Ida Rose was elected to a four-year term as vice president and Affiliate liaison of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2014 and serves as the chair of the Affiliate Relations Committee. She has over 20 years’ experience as a state and nationally certified school psychologist. She holds a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Arizona, where she was awarded the Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for her research on early childhood teacher preparation. She has served on the faculty of Penn State University and University of Arizona, and held a tenure track appointment with Arizona State University, where she researched assessment of dual language learners and teacher beliefs about school readiness. Ida Rose has consulted with the National Governors Association, and served as an expert witness in the federal Horne v. Flores dual language education court case. Her work has been published in Teachers College Record, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Language Policy, the UCLA Civil Rights Project, and Young Children.