CEO of International Society for Technology Education
Richard Culatta brings vast experience in education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology and innovation to his role with ISTE.
Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher and, across his career, has coached educators and national leaders around the world on using technology as a tool to reimagine learning.
Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. In this role, he focused on developing partnerships to improve opportunities for students, including launching a program to make Rhode Island the first state to offer computer science in every K-12 school and creating a state vision for personalised learning.
As the director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalised learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers.
Culatta holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master’s in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.