Linda G. Roberts

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Linda Roberts, Ed.D., "was director of the Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education and special adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education during the Clinton administration." [1]

"Linda G. Roberts is a special adviser to the U.S. Department of Education on education technology. Her appointment, the first of its kind at the Department, was announced on September 2, 1993.

"In her position, Roberts will offer guidance on innovative ways that technology can be used to improve American education. Her leadership role for the Department builds on expertise in technology policy and broad experience in the field as teacher, researcher, university professor and academic dean.

"Prior to joining the Department, Roberts was project director and senior associate with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). In 1991, she was named by Electronic Learning magazine as one of 10 "Educators of the Decade" for her direction of OTA's assessments, "Power On! New Tools for Teaching and Learning," and "Linking for Learning: A New Course for Education." Most recently she directed a third comprehensive assessment on "Adult Literacy and New Technologies: Tools for a Lifetime."

"From 1981 to 1984, prior to joining OTA, Roberts tracked the growing use of computers in schools across the country, and helped design programs to develop innovative uses of television, computer, and interactive video in the Office of Libraries and Learning Technologies and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education.

"Dr. Roberts is widely recognized by the professional community as a leading expert in the application of technology to improve and reform education. She has served as an adviser to citizen groups, corporations, foundations, and state and local policy members. She speaks extensively on new technologies and learning in the United States and abroad and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions.

"Roberts' career started in 1962 when she was an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist in Ithaca, N.Y. and Brookline, Mass. She later taught elementary, secondary and adult reading programs in east Tennessee.

"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)

"She is married to Michael Roberts. They have a son and a daughter." [2]