George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dr. Katie Klinger

Dr. Katie Klinger, a recognized leader and mentor in Educational Technology, was the primary designer of the National University Virtual High School, lead faculty statewide for National University's Educational Technology master's degree program, and Director of Grants and Research for the National University System. She was the lead investigator for a four-year, $1.27 million U.S. Department of Education grant through the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) initiative, working with higher-education faculty and master teachers to design lesson plans that helped more than 14,000 educators enhance their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. She partners on grants with Sally Ride Science to empower elementary school and middle school girls to explore the world of science.

Dr. Klinger's passions include digital equity and access, and culture-based education; all three passions are woven around STEM and environmental sustainability as she works with school communities and non-profits in traditional, charter, and conversion charter schools in Hawaii, the Navajo Nation, and California. In her spare time as a teacher, she designs grants for math and science project-based programs that foster investigative, hands-on learning - often using Edutopia articles, special reports and videos resources for evidence based research. She is honored to sit on the Advisory Committee for the International Society for Technology in Education's Digital Equity Summit held annually at NECC. Recently, Dr. Klinger created to host student generated science project photos and videos.

Areas of Interest: 
STEM student generated projects,
digital equity,
educational technology,
youth empowerment for at risk and disadvantaged students ,
GIS/GPS for middle schools,
grant writing,
vision & learning,
professional development for educators,
kuka kuka sessions for parents,
helping the homeless in Hawai'i,