President Obama and Daphne Bradford

President Obama and Daphne Bradford

*On Thursday, former EURweb contributor Daphne Bradford was honored by President Obama and the White House.

Daphne, who edited EURgospel, is the founder and president of Mother of Many (M.O.M.), one of 10 Champions of Change was selected by the White House to be honored there (on Thursday Nov. 21) for her participation in the “White House Champions of Change” program

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

For MORE on Daphne Bradford and the “Champions of Change” program, see the press release below.

daphne obama & champions of change

The Champions of Change (with President Obama and Daphne Bradford in center) at White House presentation

White House to Honor Daphne Bradford as Connected Educator “Champion of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, November 21st, the White House will honor Daphne Bradford as one of 10 local heroes who are “Champions of Change.” The event will celebrate educators who are taking creative approaches in using technology to enhance learning for students in communities across the country.

This past June, President Obama launched the ConnectED Initiative to connect 99% of America’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.

Today, the average American school has less bandwidth than the average American home, even though it serves more than 200 times more people. Only around 20% of our students have access to true high-speed internet in their classroom. As President Obama asked in a speech at Mooresville Middle School, “In a country where we expect free WiFi with our coffee, shouldn’t we demand it in our schools? Shouldn’t we want that for our children’s education? “ Teachers, school leaders, and support staff across the country are working tirelessly on these efforts in their community. This event will highlight the efforts of those who are doing this important work.

Watch as President Obama Speaks to ConnectED Champions of Change:

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 2:00 pm ET on November 21st. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program or to nominate a Champion for a future event, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

daphne bradfordDaphne Bradford, Founder and President, Mother of Many (M.O.M.) Los Angeles, CA
Daphne Bradford is the founder and president of the non-profit organization Mother of Many (M.O.M.). Since 2006, Mother of Many has been providing innovative technology training and certification opportunities to K-12 students to help prepare them for college and the 21st Century workforce. M.O.M.’s goal is to “bridge the digital technology and STEM career divide” in order to close the achievement gap in schools where underserved students are challenged by below standard access to internet connectivity and current technology. Daphne has been nationally recognized by global technology companies as a 2007 Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), a 2011 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), and a 2012 MIE Trainer. A proven leader in the field of educational technology, Daphne has been delivering innovative professional development training to Los Angeles Unified School District teachers to assist educators with integrating technology into the classroom curriculum to help improve student achievement. From teaching students how to publish digital books, to producing the PHAT (Popular Healthy And Tastea) Kids Café cooking show, to developing healthy eating apps like Going Bananas for Health, to teaching Cloud computing, Daphne is dedicated to keeping students and teachers connected to education using any device necessary: laptops, smartphones and tablets.