Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology
Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, advocate, and agent of change. As the leader of the Office of Educational Technology, Ishmael executes the office mission of developing national edtech policy that enables everywhere, all-the-time learning and supports digital equity and opportunity. Ishmael most recently worked as a Sr. Research Fellow at New America working at the intersection of open education, digital equity, and culturally responsive and sustaining education. She previously led the national #GoOpen initiative and served the state of Nebraska as the Digital Learning Specialist. Ishmael started her education career as an early childhood and elementary teacher to emerging bilingual learners in Omaha, Nebraska.