Richard Culatta is an internationally recognized leader in innovation and learning. His work has centered around using technology to accelerate innovation in education, corporate, and government settings. Culatta was the first Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island 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 ed tech plan. He also pioneered new ways to engage with citizens and policy makers to accelerate innovation in government.
Culatta is currently 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. He is married to the violinist, Shaundra and lives with his family in Washington DC.
Matt Miller has been named one of the top 10 influencers in educational technology and elearning worldwide. He spent more than a decade in the classroom creating unique learning experiences for his students through technology and creative teaching. Through his books Ditch That Textbook, Ditch That Homework, and Don’t Ditch That Tech, Matt provides practical, “use it in class tomorrow” solutions to teachers’ classroom needs. He hosts the popular Google Teacher Tribe podcast with Kasey Bell and the Ditch That Textbook Blog.