Saturday, Nov. 14
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Anita Givens
Associate Commissioner, Standards and Programs
Texas Education Agency

Anita Givens was named Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs at the Texas Education Agency, March 12, 2009. She served as acting Associate Commissioner since October 2008 as well as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Standards and Alignment. Anita oversees a number of policy development areas including curriculum, textbooks and educational technology as well as program coordination for IDEA and NCLB. Previously, she served as the Senior Director for Instructional Materials and Educational Technology at the Texas Education Agency and was responsible for the review, adoption and distribution of electronic instructional materials as well as traditional textbooks for Texas schools. Anita has also led the educational technology efforts in Texas for over sixteen years. She provides leadership for the integration, utilization, evaluation and expansion of educational technologies through the on-going implementation of the State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020.  She serves on a variety of boards and committees at the state and national level. Anita served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) for three years. Anita also served on the Executive Oversight Committee of the Hurricane Education Leadership Project (HELP) and as an Education Advisor to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  In June 2007, Anita was recognized for serving on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors from 2002-2007 and for her work with the HELP team. 

Anita received the 2002 NCTET Community Builder Award for her efforts to advance the cause of educational technology nationally. She was also named one of the 25 “Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of Information Technology” for 2002 by Government Technology Magazine and the Center for Digital Government. In June 2004, Anita was presented the Pioneer Award by the State Educational Technology Directors Association for her work as a founder of SETDA and continued national leadership to support student achievement through technology. In November, 2004 she received the SETDA State Leader of the Year (SLY) award. Anita makes presentations to many national audiences and at state and national conferences on curriculum, educational technology and instructional materials. Anita has taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade and educational technology classes from elementary through graduate school. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Houston Baptist University and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.