Karen Cator, former director of education leadership and advocacy for Apple Inc. and a long-time education technology leader, will serve as the new director of the Office of Educational Technology (OET) for the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

The announcement was made by Jim Shelton, ED's assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, during the opening session of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Leadership Forum Nov. 3. Cator was unavailable for comment as of press time.

Cator served as chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills from September 2006 to September 2007. She also was in charge of technology


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