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November 22, 2014

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U.S. DOE Awards $28.4 Million in Advanced Placement Grants to Low-Income Students

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Today, the White House Department of Education announced that its Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program will pay out $28.4 million in grants to help defray AP test-taking costs for low-income students.

White House Declares June 18 “National Day of Making” and Launches Maker Initiatives for Libraries

President Barack Obama looks at Lindsay Lawlor’s 17-foot-tall, 2,200-lb robotic giraffe on the South Lawn of the White House during the first White House Maker Faire, June 18, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On June 18, the White House hosted its very first Maker Faire, where the Institute of Museum and Library Services and LEGO Systems announced STEM and STEAM initiatives for libraries across the country.

White House Student Film Festival Contest Closing Soon

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The President has an assignment for students in grades K-12: make a video for him highlighting the use of technology in your school and classroom. But hurry—the first ever White House Student Film Festival contest deadline is January 29!

Carolyn goes to the White House

Carolyn goes to the White House

It’s not every day a teacher librarian is invited to the White House. Last week, our own Carolyn Foote spent a day there as a Champion of Change. In her reflection, Carolyn contends that leadership begins with sharing your voice, with being connected: Any one of us can lead–any teacher– any librarian–any administrator and any [...]

Pictures of the Week: White House Honors Librarian; CPL Bookamania

Carolyn Foote and President Obama

The White House honored 10 connected educators, including SLJ columnist and school librarian, Carolyn Foote. The Chicago Public Library celebrated families and early literacy with its 20th annual “Bookamania 2013: All Families, All Year”, a free, daylong children’s book festival.

White House Names Librarian as Connected Educator “Champion of Change”

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On November 21, the White House will honor 10 connected educators—education leaders who creatively use technology to help kids learn—as “Champions of Change,” including classroom teachers, administrators, and one librarian, blogger and SLJ columnist Carolyn Foote.

Nominate a Connected Educator as a White House “Champion of Change”

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There is only a short time left to nominate a connected educator for the White House’s next “Champions of Change” event, which celebrates education leaders who creatively use technology to help kids learn. Those selected will be invited to the White House in October—in honor of Connected Educator Month—to showcase their efforts to support more connected schools and students. Online nominations are due by midnight on Friday, September 20.

White House Honors Library “Champions of Change”

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The White House today honored 12 museum and library “Champions of Change” who are making a difference “for their neighborhoods and for our nation” in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Two of the IMLS honorees were named as 2013 Movers & Shakers.

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

The International Society for Technology in Education has initiated an online petition urging the White House to take action to invest in school broadband connectivity to bridge the digital divide in education.

President Obama’s Call to Halt Teacher Layoffs Leaves School Librarians Out

President Obama tapes the weekly address in the State Dining room of the White House. Photo: Chuck Kennedy.

President Obama’s weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday focused on the critical role that education plays in our country’s future—and the need for Congress to pass his proposed jobs bill to help states prevent teacher layoffs and rehire them. But he made no mention of school librarians.