March 24, 2018

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

On Thursday, 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 school librarian, blogger and SLJ columnist Carolyn Foote. The private event will be live streamed at 2:00 pm ET.

The White House is turning to connected educators for this round of its Champions of Change program to call attention to President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, which aims to connect nearly all of America’s students to high-speed wireless internet in five years.

“Teachers, school leaders, and support staff across the country are working tirelessly on these efforts in their community,” the White House notes in its announcement, “and this event will highlight the efforts of those who are doing this important work.”

The honorees were selected from thousands of nominees, notes Foote, district and high school librarian at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. According to the White House, Foote was chosen due to her role in helping to introduce the one-to-one use of tablet devices into her district, along with her professional development for teachers, the transformation of her school’s library into a technology and learning hub, and her advocacy work for students and teachers.

“I feel so absolutely thrilled to get to share all the powerful work that so many of my colleagues do,” Foote says. “I know how hard so many of us work to share the power of connections with our faculty and with our profession in general, and I want to do my best to represent that. And as the only librarian there, I especially want to support the many ways librarians are taking the lead in schools in getting students and teachers connected. “

The additional connected educator honorees are:

  • Daphne Bradford, founder and president, Mother of Many (M.O.M.), Los Angeles, CA
  • Heather Cox, fourth-grade teacher/chair, Crabapple Crossing Elementary School, Canton, GA
  • Mark Coppin, director of assistive technology, Anne Carlsen Center, Jamestown, ND
  • S. Dallas Dance, superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools, Towson, MD
  • Misa Gonzales, ninth-grade English teacher, Desert View High School, Tucson, AZ
  • Bud Hunt, instructional theologist, St. Vrain Valley School District, Fort Collins, CO
  • Jennie Magiera, digital learning coordinator, Academy for Urban School Leadership, Chicago, IL
  • Todd Nesloney, fifth-grade teacher, Fields Store Elementary, Brenham, TX
  • Brian Walsh, director of corrections education, Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA
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Karyn M. Peterson ( is a former News Editor ofSLJ.

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