White House Honors Westlake High School Librarian Carolyn Foote as Connected Educator â€œChampion of Changeâ€
posted Nov 22, 2013, 9:41 AM by whs web Â [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ]
Congratulations Ms. Foote!
WASHINGTON, DC â€" On Thursday, November 21st, the White House will honor Westlake High School Librarian Carolyn Foote as one of 10 local heroes who are â€œChampions of Change.â€ The event will celebrate educators who are taking creative approaches in using technology to enhance learning for students in communities across the country.Â
This past June, President Obama launched the ConnectED Initiative to connect 99% of Americaâ€™s students to high-speed wireless internet in five years and calling on the FCC
to modernize its existing E-Rate program to meet this goal.
As part of the initiative, the President challenged the federal government as well as states, districts, schools and communities to help prepare all teachers to thrive in a connected classroom and leverage technology to re-imagine learning.
is the district and high school librarian at Westlake High School
at Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas.
Fascinated by the intersection of technology and libraries, she
has centered her
work on how technology can deepen and transform student learning and research.
has played an introductory role in bringing one-to-one tablet devices into her
district, studying the use of these tablets, providing professional development for teachers, and transforming the library into a technology and learning hub for students.
An advocate for students and teachers, she
has broken down barriers by supporting innovative uses of technology and social media by networking with other librarians and educators online.Â She
has employed the power of professional blogging and to act as a mentor for others in her