Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. As the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses 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.
The US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) launched Connected Educator Month in 2012 and continues to work closely with the project as a partner in the effort to get more educators connected, deepen the connections educators have, and foster collaboration and innovation in the field.
The Office of Educational Technology OET develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to support learning. OET supports the priorities of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative including upgrading broadband and high-speed wireless connectivity, providing access to educational devices and digital content, and training teachers to use technology effectively to improve student learning.