Listen and learn : Mainstage
Richard Culatta Zach King Brandan "BMIKE" Odums Dr. Avis Williams
ISTELive is kicking off the week with an exciting session filled to the brim with educational inspiration that is sure to help you jumpstart your ISTELive22 journey.
Richard Culatta, is the CEO of ISTE. Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. He was appointed as the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology. There Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan.
Zach King, a filmmaker and illusionist known for his clever magic tricks and digital sleight of hand, is one of social media’s most prominent content creators. A believer in digital learning, King helps students and teachers become creative digital storytellers using the devices in their pockets. With a combined social reach of over 75 million followers, King’s magical content has delighted fans all over the world. He has been featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Good Morning America,” and in Adweek and People. His company, King Studio, has partnered with Disney, Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola and many others. Recently, King expanded to TikTok and quickly became the third most followed account in the world.
Brandan “BMIKE” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist who, through exhibitions, public programs and public art works, is engaged in a transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance. From film to murals to installations, Odums’ work depicts historical figures, contemporary creatives and everyday people, and encapsulates the political fervor of a generation of Black American activists.
Dr. Avis Williams is an award-winning superintendent of Historic Selma City Schools in Selma, AL. A native of Salisbury, NC, she has served in leadership positions in the U.S. Army, as an entrepreneur and school administrator. While in the Army, she was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC, Yongson, Korea, and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. Before becoming an educator, Avis owned a fitness center and worked as a certified personal trainer.