Richard Culatta, Educational Innovator

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Recent Publications

Culatta, R. & Wilkinson, J. (2009). Currency and Technology: Keeping up or Striking Out. eLearning. [PDF]

Culatta, R. & Jackson, G. (2007). Agile Learning Network: A Mission Imperative. Galileo Award Finalist Papers. Washington: Director of National Intelligence. [PDF]

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    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.

    See interview with Richard Culatta by EdReformer

    Selected Presentations & Keynotes

    [Selected presentations after 2011 available on YouTube]

    Plenary Panel Member, mLearnCon
    June, 2011

    Deisgning Social Interactions in Online Learning
    Keynote Speaker, Florida International University
    Miami FL, March, 2011 [video]

    New Perspectives in Learning
    Keynote Speaker, DevLearn 2010
    San Francisco CA, Nov 3-5, 2010

    Delivering Online Learning with Google and Twitter
    Presenter, Innovations in eLearning Symposium
    Fairfax VA, June 1-2, 2010 (Google Wave)

    Mobile Learning in Government
    Advisory Board Member and Invited Speaker, mLearnCon
    San Diego CA, June 15-17, 2010

    Learning about Learning from
    Invited Speaker, DevLearn 2009
    San Jose, CA, November 10-13, 2009

    Creating a Mash-Up LMS
    Invited Speaker, Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
    Orlando, FL, October 28-30, 2009

    Mobile learning: Are we there yet?
    Panel Member, Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, WI, August 4-7, 2009

    Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enable Learning
    Keynote Speaker, American Society for Training & Development, Jan 15, 2009

    Social Media and Learning: A Perfect Fit or a Close Encounter?
    Panel Member, Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, DC, Dec 16, 2008

    The Future of Learning Systems
    Interviewee, Educause, Orlando, Oct 30, 2008

    Open-Source Me: A Tour of Free, Indispensable Learning Tools
    Invited Speaker, Learning 2008, Orlando, Oct 27, 2008


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