Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mom Congress 2012

Hi everyone! I am extremely proud and honored to have been selected as the 2012 New York State Delegate to the Mom Congress. What is Mom Congress you might ask? Well here is a little more info on that from Mom Congress page: Driven by the ever-increasing role that parents play in advocating for positive change in the education system, Parenting magazine launched the Mom Congress initiative in March 2009 to celebrate and connect moms fighting for better schools.  Each month, the School Years edition of Parenting gives readers the education news and resources they need to make a difference, and highlights the efforts of some of its 21,000+ Mom Congress members who have brought about positive change for students. Each year, Parenting chooses 51 outstanding mom education advocates -- one from each state and Washington, D.C. -- from essays submitted at to win an all-expense paid trip to attend the annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference at Georgetown University. During the event, the moms meet with the country's most prominent education and advocacy leaders to discuss the importance of family engagement in helping American achieve its education goals.   At the inaugural conference in May 2010, the 51 delegates  joined hundreds of local education and community leaders in a Mom Congress Town Hall on parental engagement in education with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Delegates worked with Parenting editors, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies faculty and the Mom Congress advisory board to create the “Lesson Plan for Change”, a blueprint to empower parents to get more involved in their children’s education that appeared in the October 2010 issue of Parenting School Years and in the bestselling companion guide to the documentary Waiting for Superman.   I was nominated by my sister, who saw first hand the work I do, and felt that it was worthy of this recognition. I was delighted last week when I received an email advising that I had been selected! I look forward to representing Lynbrook and New York State at the Mom Congress in Washington DC at the end of April. Julie Bergin

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