Interview with Ed Dept. Tech Head Karen Cator

By Lawrence Hardy

The Obama administration’s education goals are nothing if not ambitious: ensuring that all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready, and raising the proportion of two- and four-year college graduates from 39 percent to 60 percent.

To accomplish this task, the National Education Technology Plan 2010 says schools must adopt “a 21st century model of learning, powered by technology.”

How close are we to reaching that goal, and what more will schools need to do to get there? To help answer these questions, ASBJ talked with Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Cator, a former education director at Apple and a past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, will be a featured speaker at NSBA’s T + L Conference, Oct. 19-22, in Phoenix. She recently shared her thoughts on school board members, personalized education, and “grand challenge” problems with ASBJ Senior Editor Lawrence Hardy.

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