The Broadband Imperative provides an up-to-date assessment of access to broadband by students and teachers (in and out of schools); current trends driving the need for more broadband in teaching, learning and school operations; and specific recommendations for the broadband capacity needed to ensure all students have access to the tools and resources they need to be college and career ready by 2014-15 and beyond. Building upon SETDA’s 2008 report “Class of 2020 Action Plan for Education”, High-Speed Broadband Access for All Kids: Breaking Through the Barriers, The Broadband Imperative provides numerous examples of successful broadband implementation by states and leading school districts.
Douglas A. Levin
Executive Director, SETDA
Named by Tech & Learning as one of the top 10 most influential people in EdTech in 2011, Douglas Levin is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, he works with and represents U.S. state and territorial educational technology directors to other national education groups, federal policymakers, the U.S. Department of Education, the private sector, and the media. SETDA provides national leadership on technology-based education reform and school improvement, supports state members with meaningful professional development opportunities, and engages in partnerships to advance the use of technology in support of effective teaching and learning.
Doug brings 20 years of Washington, DC-based education policy and research experience to SETDA, gained through prominent roles in the private and non-profit sectors. He formerly worked with the National Association of State Boards of Education, the American Institutes for Research, and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry’s national education foundation. He played key roles in developing the nation’s first three national education technology plans and in conducting research and evaluations of major educational technology programs and initiatives, including as primary author of the groundbreaking Pew Internet study of internet-savvy students, The Digital Disconnect. By appointment of Governor McDonnell, he serves on the Virginia Open Education Curriculum Board and is a 2006 recipient of a Making It Happen award for educational technology leadership. Doug served as an IEL Education Policy Fellow from 1998-99, holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of William and Mary.
Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. Ms. Cator joined Apple in 1997 from the public education sector, most recently leading technology planning and implementation in Juneau, Alaska. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.
Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Rockefeller, WV
Since 1985, Barbara Pryor has served in the U.S. Senate as legislative staff. Since 1987, she has worked for Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. Senator Rockefeller serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He is also the Chairman of the Health Care Subcommittee on Finance; and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Senator Rockefeller is one of the original authors of the E-Rate program, a hugely successful effort to promote Internet connectivity in classrooms and libraries across the country. Since the inception of the E-Rate program, the number of schools connected to the Internet has grown from 14 to 92 percent nationwide, and schools in low-income areas have grown from 5 percent to over 90 percent. In recent years, Senator Rockefeller has also introduced legislation to protect the long-term future of the Universal Service Fund, the umbrella program for E-Rate, to ensure that funding continues to flow to schools and libraries across the state.
Director of Federal Relations, CCSSO
Peter Zamora is the Director of Government Relations at the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). He previously served as Senior Education Counsel for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Prior to joining Senator Bingaman’s staff, Zamora served as Washington, D.C. Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Zamora is a former bilingual-credentialed public high school teacher who holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA
Christine is the Director of Educational Leadership & Research for SETDA. Christine’s tasks include member professional development planning and implementation, research, and report writing. She manages the development of the annual SETDA national educational technology trends report, other SETDA research products and white papers, association professional development programs, and oversees all conference and event content. Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She worked as a 3rd grade teacher, ESOL coordinator, educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model. Christine has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.
Learning Technology Policy Director, Maine Department of Education
Jeff Mao is the Learning Technology Policy Director for the State of Maine, Department of Education. He provides vision and oversight to Maine’s education technology programs, including the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI).
Jeff has represented the state of Maine at numerous conferences throughout the United States as well as in Australia, China, Denmark, Philippine Islands, Paraguay, South Korea, and Sweden. He has testified in support of education technology to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and has published articles in the Principal Leadership journal, One-to-One Institute Newsletter, T.H.E. Journal, and online for MacWorld.com. Jeff is Chair of the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors’ Association. Jeff is the 2012 Common Sense Media Educator of the Year awardee.
Jeff began his career in the classroom at the Brewster Academy where he helped develop its pioneering 1:1 program in 1993. He spent 7 years teaching and coaching in a Rochester, NY before returning to Maine. Jeff then held a technology director position in one of Maine’s larger school districts, and subsequently joined the Maine Department of Education.
Assistant Director, Office of Instructional Technology, West Virginia Department of Education
John Miller is the Assistant Director of the Office of Instructional Technology in the West Virginia Department of Education. He has worked in the areas of instructional technology and online assessment at the Department of Education since 2008. Prior to 2008, he worked for a West Virginia Regional Education Service Agency supporting instructional technology and providing educator professional development. He has an MS in Leadership and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering. He is currently responsible for overseeing all statewide broadband initiatives, the state E-Rate program, a statewide Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) training program, and other initiatives related to supporting instructional technology and network infrastructure.
Director of Instructional Service, Lawrence Township Public School, NJ
Andrew Zuckerman is the Director of Instructional Services in the Lawrence Township Public School (LTPS) in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. LTPS works with students in grades Pre-K–12 and is dedicated in preparing students for the 21st century. Prior to becoming the Director of Instructional Services, Mr. Zuckerman was the LTPS Middle School Principal for six years. In 2010-2011 the school implemented a 1-1 initiative in an effort to make the student technologically literate by the time they complete 8th grade. Mr. Zuckerman obtained his B.S. from Hofstra University, his M.A. from Rider University and is currently seeking his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University.