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Rita Oates, PhD

Global ed tech leader who helps empower K12 educators and engage today's learners. President of Oates Associates consulting firm since 1994; current projects include social media workshops, creating materials for parents to embrace web 2.0, and increasing use of STEM, global competency and language practice in K12 classrooms.
Formerly district ed tech director in Miami-Dade schools (FL), HS English and student publications adviser.
Author of 12 books and more than 100 articles about technology, education and school reform. Columnist for parenting publication on kids and computers.
Keynote speaker at regional, state, national conferences.
Workshop leader on topics such as integrating technology into social studies, language arts, language study and inquiry-based learning.
Near-native fluency in Spanish; lived and went to school in Costa Rica as 5th grader.
PhD from Indiana University. Evaluator on multiple federal grants. Won more than $10 million in grants for MDCPS.
Former chair, ed tech graduate program, Barry University.
ePals VP for education markets.

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language,
literacy,
travel,
reading,
writing,
music

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