The ISTE Board of Directors has named Richard Culatta, the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the US Department of Education, who currently serves as chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island, as its new CEO. Culatta is a longtime ISTE member and a past recipient of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award.
At the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, to promote personalized learning, and to develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead ISTE. I’m particularly excited about bringing a renewed focus to the impact of the ISTE community, increasing the value of ISTE membership, and highlighting the importance of the ISTE voice on key education topics,” Culatta says.