Empowering Grassroots Educators — a real legacy

This morning, still busy inspiring educators, the Office of EdTech sent out a tweet about today’s summit.     As the Obama administration begins to wind down, the Department of Education’s Office of Ed Tech is still working–hosting a Teacher Preparation Summit today with participants who are grass-roots innovators in teacher education. It reminds me of the true legacy of the Office of Ed Tech during President Obama’s administration.   Through their willingness to throw open the doors of the Department and even the White House to teachers, technology educators, […]

Edcamp DOE summed up

(Better late than never–sharing my experience at EdCamp DOE!) Getting started What happens when an EdCamp happens at the U.S. Department of Education?   That was the unknown question when fifty educators came together in Washington, D.C. in June for the first ever EdCamp DOE.  Thanks to the efforts of the Edcamp crew, Emily Davis, and Director of the Office of Ed Technology Richard Culatta, among others, the challenge became a reality. We didn’t know if the DOE would actually be sending staff to participate in […]

Librarians Sharing New Ideas across Globe

(Note:  This is cross posted on the White House.gov website in honor of Champions of Change.) Providing our students opportunities to be prepared for the future is crucial.  Across the nation, thousands of dedicated educators and librarians are leading the charge to help students investigate, create, collaborate and communicate effectively, and to reach beyond the walls of their own schools. I am honored to represent a large community of connected librarians across the nation who play a uniquely significant role in assisting teachers as they […]

Connected Educators Rock!

I’m so excited and amazed to officially announce that I have been selected as a White House Champion of Change for Connected Educator Month!  The recognition honors educators who are taking creative approaches with technology “to enhance learning for students.” The ten of us selected were among thousands of nominees (all very deserving), which also rocks my world.  We get to be part of a panel on Thursday in D.C.  talking about our work and the work of connected educators.  And in the connected way of things, I am thrilled to […]