Richard Culatta

  • Internationally Recognized Learning Innovator and Tech Futurist
  • CEO, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • First Ever Chief Innovation Officer for The State of Rhode Island
  • Former Executive Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Dept. of Education, Obama Administration

A teacher by training and innovator by inclination, Richard Culatta works to leverage technology to reinvent learning and 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 internet connectivity to schools across the country, promoting personalized learning, and developing a national edtech plan. After that, Culatta was the first Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island, where he created the Government Innovation League and pioneered new ways to engage citizens and policy makers to solve tough problems. Currently, he is the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and serves as a senior fellow at NYU’s GovLab and as a design resident for the San Francisco-based innovation and design firm IDEO

His new book, Digital for Good (Harvard Business Review Press), argues that rather than limiting screen time and constantly policing our kids online, we should instead be focused on creating good digital citizens – informed, educated, and equipped to use tech tools as a force for good in the world. As the father of four, he approaches this hot button subject with not only formal expertise, but also as the hands-on parent he is – one willing to hand a child a device, while supervising homework and working to get a meal on the table.  

Richard passionately believes that the way we currently teach digital citizenship is often too negative and too narrow, reinforcing the “bad” without ever showing what the “good” looks like. He advocates for five fundamental skills of digital citizenship – Balanced, informed, inclusive, engaged, and alert.

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Rave Reviews About Richard Culatta as a Speaker
Words cannot express how much gratitude we feel for Richard's contribution to our conference this week! Your enthusiasm is absolutely contagious!

Keynote clip - Make Digital Citizenship about the Do's, not the Don'ts | ISTE [3:15] - Get Sharable Link
Talks & Conversations with Richard Culatta

Digital for Good/Creating Digital Citizens: Preparing the next generation to be successful humans in a digital world

Innovating in Complex Systems (a.k.a. Hacking Bureaucracies)

Lessons Learned from a UX Designer that can Transform our Organizational Learning

Preparing For an Artificial Intelligence Workplace

Computational Thinking: The Language of Future Problem Solving

Lessons from Silicon Valley to Bring Innovation to Government

Personalizing Learning: How Technology can Help Fix One-Size-Fits-All Learning

Rethinking the User Experience of Higher Education

Tequity: Closing Long Standing Opportunity Gaps through Technology

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Richard Culatta is an internationally recognized learning innovator and tech futurist. His work centers around using technology to empower people and accelerate problem solving.  Culatta is the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit organization focusing on using technology to improve learning opportunities around the world.  Culatta served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for his home state of Rhode Island, where he gained national attention for pioneering strategies for using technology to help government be more responsive and collaborative.

Culatta was appointed by President Obama as the Executive Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. In that capacity, he focused on expanding internet connectivity to schools across the US and developed a national ed tech plan to make learning more equitable and engaging. He also pioneered new opportunities for the tech industry to engage with the Department of Education to address tough problems, including bringing top game designers from around the world to the White House to help re-design testing and learning materials.

Richard’s new book Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World (HBR Press) uncovers the challenges with our current approaches to preparing young people to be effective humans in virtual spaces and presents a path to a healthier and more civil future digital world.  Culatta holds degrees in humanities and instructional technology from Brigham Young University.  He serves as a senior fellow at NYU’s GovLab, design resident for the global design firm IDEO, and Innovation Dean for the Masie Learning Collaborative. He is married to the violinist Shaundra Baird Culatta, and the two live in Virginia where they spend most of their free time running around after their four children.