Richard Culatta is the new CEO of ISTE

Other news: New superintendents in Detroit and Trenton, Gwinnett County wins 2017 AP District of the Year in large district category
By: | May 16, 2017

Richard Culatta is the new CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education.

Culatta, a longtime ISTE member and past recipient of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award, is chief innovation officer of Rhode Island schools, where he works to bring computer science to all students, to reduce college costs through open-licensed textbooks and to create a state vision for personalized learning.

As the former director of the educational technology office at the U.S. Department of Education, he developed the National Education Technology Plan.

Culatta also served as education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, as learning technologies adviser for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University and as director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation.

Nikolai Vitti is the new superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District. He plans to address the district’s 200 teacher vacancies and how the state identifies low-performing schools. For the last five years, Vitti has served as superintendent for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida.

During his tenure, the district’s graduation rate improved from 67 to 79 percent, and its grade accountability rose from C+ to B.

Fredrick McDowell is the new superintendent of Trenton Public Schools in New Jersey. District leaders say McDowell must address annual budget shortfalls, concerns about special ed students not receiving entitled services and overall stability of the district.

McDowell comes to the job with experience as deputy chief academic support officer for the School District of Philadelphia and a school principal at Boston Public Schools.

Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks led Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia to win the College Board’s 2017 Advanced Placement District of the Year award in the large district category. Results were based on three academic years of AP data, which shows that the district expanded access to AP courses and improved exam performance.

Winners in the small- and medium-size categories are Joliet Township High School District in Illinois and Lyndwood USD in California.

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