The role of the CTO in school districts is evolving into one of the most important leadership positions in education, yet many who currently fill that job lack the skills and background to make the
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Rob Abel is an educational researcher, high tech industry veteran and successful entrepreneur leading digital education innovation for over 20 years. He is a frequent presenter and panelist on educational technology and ICT in education around the world. Since 2006 he has been the Chief Executive of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, which has grown to one of the world’s leading member-based standards consortia. He has also been instrumental in founding the Learning Impact Awards (LIAs), the world’s first competition focused on impact of technology on key global education challenges. Rob holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford, a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
With over two decades of policy and legal experience, Reg advises national education associations, state education agencies, school districts, nonprofit leaders, and companies about federal education, student data privacy, and technology law. Among other areas, his work includes a focus on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He also counsels a wide range of entities about how to work effectively with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and frequently speaks and writes about emerging policy and legal issues in education reform. Prior to co-founding Foresight Law + Policy, Reg practiced law for over a decade with two national law firms, and served as telecommunications, technology, and privacy counsel for U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson of Florida, and as a telecommunications and technology advisor to former Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.
Reg received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and his bachelor's degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. and Virginia Bars, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He lives with his wife and two children in Arlington, Virginia.