Digital Equity & Opportunity: US Department of Education's Office of Ed Tech Updates

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Jessica Ch'ng  
Kristina Ishmael  
Roberto Rodriguez  

The US Department of Education's Office of Ed Tech is actively working towards digital equity and opportunity through its office priorities, policies, and projects. Learn more about ways to engage with this work and contribute to the refresh of the National Ed Tech Plan!

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Educational policy
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
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  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.

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Jessica Ch'ng, US Department of Education

Jessica Ch’ng (she/her) is an Education Pioneers Impact Fellow at the Office of Educational Technology (OET). At OET, she works on digital equity, education blockchain, and open licensing initiatives. Jessica came to OET with nine years of experience in higher educational access and admissions, and she previously worked at The Education Trust-West, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Posse Foundation. Jessica earned her B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College and M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristina Ishmael, Office of Ed Tech, US Dept of Ed

Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, advocate, and agent of change. She is the Deputy Director of the Office of Ed Tech leading the office in its vision and execution of priorities focused on improving teaching and learning.

Roberto Rodriguez, U.S. Department of Education

Roberto J. Rodríguez currently serves as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, where he leads the development and review of the Department’s budget and advises the Secretary on all matters related to policy development, implementation, and review. Roberto’s distinguished career in public service includes senior government roles in the White House, as Deputy Assistant for Education to President Barack Obama, and in the U.S. Senate, as Chief Counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.