Week 3: Equity and Innovation: Lessons from the Department of Education

In this conversation between two former leaders of the US Department of Education Office Educational Technology, we will discuss key ways in which technology can increase equity in education and ways that practitioners and policy can pursue them. The session opens with a lightning talk by educator Kristen Swanson.

The hosts of "Stories Teachers Share," a new podcast by MindShift and KQED, will be available during the after-session (7pm to 8:00pm) to record your stories about the teaching experience.

Monday, April 11, 2016 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm



Richard Culatta
Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island; former Director, US Dept. of Education Office of Educational Technology

Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. Prior to joining the leadership team in Rhode Island, he served as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education where he focused on leveraging technology to create personalized learning experiences for all students and promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and make college more affordable. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Prior to joining the federal government, Culatta worked for Brigham Young University where he was instrumental in redesigning the teacher preparation program at the McKay School of Education. He began working with educational technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration programs for faculty.

Karen Cator
Karen Cator, CEO, Digital Promise; former Director, US Dept. of Education Office of Educational Technology

Karen Cator is CEO and President of Digital Promise, a non-profit whose mission is to vastly improve the opportunity for all Americans to learn by accelerating innovation in education through technology and research. From 2009-2013, she served as Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office's efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to joining the Office of Educational Technology, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. Cator started her career as a teacher and then administrator in Alaska.

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