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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 student, by believing that we individually have the power to make a difference and that we have a voice.  I believe that being a connected educator gives us that voice, amplifies that voice, and is a great democratizer.

The work we do is important, each of us.  So keep at it.

This morning I interviewed Carolyn about her day.  I was particularly inspired by her message about our obligation to mentor the younger members of our field and to ensure that are connected.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Wow! So proud of you Carolyn! You represent us well and you even got to meet the head honcho! Thanks for being an outstanding leader to Teacher Librarians everywhere.

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