Ken Shelton

Founder and CEO

Elevate Education

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked in Education for well over 20 years and spent most of his classroom practitioner time teaching technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Innovator, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Ken has worked extensively at the policy level and was named to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Education Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes and presentations, provides consulting and advice support, and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Equity and Inclusion, Social and Emotional Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism, Multimedia Literacy, Cultural Intelligences, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics.

Ken is the International Society for Technology in Education Digital Equity Professional Learning Network 2018 Excellence Award winner. Ken is the International Society for Technology in Education 2022 Making IT Happen Award winner due to his extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage, and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Because of his extensive and broad impact, Ken has also been named by EdTech Magazine as an influencer to follow.

Ken has had the privilege to speak at many major conferences and events around the world, as well as in schools, school districts, and for school boards. He brings a worldly breadth of practical experience, knowledge, and perspective. Ken has also provided and continues to provide consulting support to many companies, State Departments of Education, Ministries of Education, school districts/systems Nationally and Internationally, as well as non-profits.

Ken is currently serving on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board for several tech companies as well as non-profits. His Board services include advisement, platform analysis, policy analysis, and outreach, in addition to the development of both equitable and inclusive internal recruitment and retention programs.