Richard Culatta, US Dept of Education
Richard Culatta is a major leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government learning environments. As Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses on leveraging open data 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 US Senator Patty Murray.
Culatta’s previous work has centered around leveraging social media to create effective large-scale distributed learning environments. As Chief Technology Officer at CIA University, Culatta developed an online learning platform to extend collaborative learning opportunities to CIA officers worldwide. Prior to joining 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 educational technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration workshops for faculty. Culatta is passionate about educational innovations with a particular interest in games for learning, personalized learning, and open education.
As a former Spanish teacher, Culatta remains an advocate for bilingual education. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.