Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of innovation and education. He has worked on innovation in K-12 and higher education, as well as corporate and government settings. In 2012 he was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. In that capacity he focused on expanding connectivity to schools across the country, promoting personalized learning, and developing a National Ed Tech Plan. He also pioneered new ways to engage with citizens and policy makers to accelerate innovation in government.
Culatta currently serves as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray.
Culatta also focuses on leveraging social media to create effective large-scale distributed learning environments. As Chief Technology Officer at CIA University, Culatta developed a collaborative online learning platform to extend training opportunities to CIA officers worldwide. Before his work with the federal government, Culatta was the learning technologies advisor for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University and the Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation. He began working with instructional technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the universitiy’s first technology integration workshops for faculty. Since then he has coached instructors and administrators in leveraging social media and data for learning, provided strategic consulting for organizations, and served on a variety of advisory boards across the US and Latin America.
Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and active in promoting bilingual and arts education in public schools. He is married to the violinist, Shaundra and lives with his family in Washington DC.
When: December 11 at 4 pm.