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Linda Roberts

Linda G. Roberts directed the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology from its inception in September 1993 to January 2001, and served as the Secretary of Education’s Special Adviser on Technology.  Roberts developed the first National Technology Plan, launched five new technology programs for the Clinton Administration, and increased the Federal technology budget from $30 million to over $900 million annually.  

Roberts played a key role in the development of the E-RATE, a $2.25 billion program to bring the Internet and advanced telecommunications to the Nation’s schools and libraries.

Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at AAAS; a member of the President’s Council of Science and Technology Advisers (PCAST) STEM Education Working Group; and on the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the US DoED Communities of Practice Project and played a key role in development of the new National Ed Tech Plan for the Obama Administration. 

Roberts was on the Wireless Generation Board of Directors from its startup in 2001 through the sale of the company in 2010 to News Corp. and also previously held board positions at Carnegie Learning, ProQuest and Voyager Learning.  She continues to serve as Trustee and Director on the boards of both for-profit and non profit organizations including Academic Merit, Sesame Workshop, EDC, and MOUSE.

Roberts advises state and local education agencies, foundations, corporations, and government on use of technology for teaching and learning, focusing on STEM, 21st century skills and literacy, open education resources (OER) and digital content, social networking and online communities of practice.  Roberts served on the Visiting Committee for NSF’s National Science Digital Libraries Program, and on the Steering Committee for the 2012 NAEP Technological Literacy Assessment and provided consultation to Apple and several other leading education and technology companies.

Roberts is the recipient of many awards, including the Smithsonian Computer World Award for Leadership in Education, the ISTE NECC 2000 Pioneer Award, the Federal 100 Award, the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s Eagle Award, and the COSN Community Leader Award.

Before joining the Clinton Administration, she led the research on educational technology at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where she directed three landmark studies: Power On! New Tools for Teaching and Learning (1988); Linking for Learning: A New Course for Education (1989); and Adult Literacy and Technology: Tools for a Lifetime (1993).   She is a former elementary school teacher and reading specialist, university professor and Academic Dean.  She holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee.