Kristina Ishmael serves as the senior project manager of the Teaching, Learning, and Tech team for the Education Policy program at New America, which allows her to support states, districts, and educators rethinking the role of instructional materials to create deeper learning opportunities for students. Ishmael is passionate about changing teaching and learning to provide more equitable access and opportunities to all learners.
Before joining New America, Ishmael was the K–12 Open Education fellow at the Office of Educational Technology, where she developed and grew the #GoOpen movement. Prior to her work at the U.S. Department of Education, she worked as the digital learning specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education, where she led professional learning and advocated for school librarians. This experience showed her how to leverage educational technology in urban, suburban, and rural school systems. Before her role with the state, Ishmael taught high-risk elementary ELL students in Omaha, NE.
Ishmael holds an MA in learning technologies from Pepperdine University, in addition to an MS in reading and English as a second language from Concordia University of Nebraska. She earned a BA in early childhood education and elementary education from Peru State College, as well as a bachelor’s of interdisciplinary studies in business and mass communications from Arizona State University.