We duke it out. Again. Seriously, 40+ episodes in, we give you a little peak behind the curtain about what we do. And think.
Bre is a Technology Integration Specialist, responsible for researching, developing and implementing the district-wide instructional technology professional development program for Oak Harbor School District near NW corner of the state of Washington.
Darren is a former secondary education instructor, staff developer, and coach who joined the Organization of Educational Technology & Curriculum team in 2008.
Since becoming the Instructional Programs Coordinator, he has had the pleasure of supporting, collaborating, leading, facilitating and integrating effective technology programs (such as Portland Public Schools iPad Cadre & TOSA PD, IT Support Staff Symposium, Oregon Virtual School District, Oregon EdTech Cadre, CenturyLink/ODE Regional grants for teachers, MSUB Summer Institute, MERIT keynoter and N. Marion). In addition to his professional development responsibilities, he is the event organizer for the Instructional Technology Strategies Conference (itsc.oetc.org) in Portland, Oregon.
Along with a deep desire and passion to improve education, Darren holds a M.Ed. along with dual bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Social Sciences.
Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has worked in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government training environments. His current focus as Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education is on using data and learning analytics to create customized learning experiences for all students. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray.
Culatta also focuses on leveraging social media to create effective large-scale distributed learning environments. As Chief Technology Officer at CIA University, Culatta developed a collaborative online learning platform to extend training opportunities to CIA officers worldwide. Before his work with 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 instructional technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration workshops for faculty. Since then he has coached instructors and administrators in leveraging social media and data for learning, provided strategic consulting for organizations, and served on a variety of advisory boards across the US and Latin America.
Tim Lauer is the principal at Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. Before that he was a teacher (mainly primary grades, mostly kindergarten…) and also a Teacher on Special Assignment with my district. He also had the good fortune to spend a year (2002-2003) working with the Intel Education group.
In this episode we bring out the “Tim Lauer deep catalog of stories” that pull forward into why he does what it is he does today.