California Educational Data Processing Association
The DataBus - Vol. 37, No. 4
June-July, 1997

Dr. Linda G. Roberts Invited Keynote Speaker for CEDPA's Fall Conference

Keynote: Speaker to present technology viewpoint of the U.S. Department of Education.

Warren Williams, Grossmont Union High School District

CEDPA is pleased to announce that Dr. Linda G. Roberts, Director of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, has accepted the invitation of CEDPA to be the keynote speaker for its annual conference in Sacramento. Dr. Roberts also serves as Special Adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Roberts coordinates the Department's technology activities and plays a key role in developing the Clinton Administration's Educational Technology Initiative. Her leadership efforts include creating affordable access to the Information Superhighway for schools and libraries, and mobilizing state, local and private and non-profit efforts to wire our schools, upgrade the base of hardware in classrooms, train teachers, and create effective products and services that transform teaching and learning.

As Senior Adviser on Technology, Dr. Roberts represents the Secretary on the Vice President's National Information Infrastructure Task Force, and other interagency efforts. She is also a member of the White House educational technology working group.

To stay in touch with the field, Roberts travels extensively, speaking at conferences, conducting forums, and visiting schools, state agencies, and technology companies. Department of Education on-line forums, national conferences and working seminars are also critical components of these outreach efforts.

Roberts' work has been widely recognized. She was Electronic Learning Magazine's, "Technology Educator of the Decade," the recipient of the U.S. Distance Learning Association's Eagle Award for outstanding contributions to public policy, and the Federal 100 Award in Information Technology. In June 1995, Roberts received the Zenith Data Systems Award for Leadership and Excellence in Educational Technology at the Computerworld/ Smithsonian Awards Gala.

Roberts' career started in 1962 when she was an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist in Ithaca, NY and Brookline, MA. She later taught elementary, secondary and adult reading programs in Oak Ridge, TN and then joined the faculties of the University of Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University. Prior to joining the Department, Roberts was a Project Director and Senior Associate with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).

Roberts holds a B.S. from Cornell University (1962), an Ed.M. from Harvard University (1963), and an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee (1973).

Other main speakers and breakout sessions are being developed for the conference. If you are interested in presenting a breakout session, please complete the Call for Speakers form in this issue and send it to me as soon as possible.

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