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Future Ready Librarians
Wednesday October 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, Mark Ray, Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools and Sara Trettin, Open Education and Digital Engagement Lead Office of Educational Technology US Dept of Education
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Librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become “future ready.” Watch a webinar with Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut (winner of AASL’s 2010 National School Library Program of the Year) and Mark Ray, Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Thought Leader. The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. In June 2016, the Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, expanded FRS to position school librarians as leaders in this effort. In this session, Michelle Luhtala and Mark Ray discussed what it means to be Future Ready.
Michelle Luhtala is the Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut and was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow her on Twitter @mluhtala.
Mark Ray was named one of “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-15 by the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network. The honor recognizes education leaders from across the country for their work exploring and embracing innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction and support more personalized learning experiences for students. A former teacher librarian at Skyview High School, Ray oversees library services and has been instrumental in transforming the librarian role into a proactive force for technological innovation in VPS schools. He also helps direct the district’s one-to-one technology initiative which, through a community-supported levy, expands learning opportunities by giving a digital device to every student in grades 3 through 12 by 2019.
Sara Trettin leads the open education work for the Department of Education, directs digital engagement for the Office of Educational Technology and leads the office’s efforts surrounding libraries and librarians. While on rotation to the State Department, Sara supported the ECA Collaboratory’s work on open education, open government, and education diplomacy. Prior to joining the Department, she worked as a Learning Services Librarian and served as Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. A former teacher, Sara holds a B.A. from Clemson University, a graduate certificate from Duke University, and a Master’s in Library Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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