SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO ADDRESS MOM EDUCATION ADVOCATES AT PARENTING MAGAZINE’S MOM CONGRESS CONFERENCE
Parenting magazine continues search through March 15th for outstanding mom advocates from every state to attend the inaugural Mom Congress on Education and Learning in Washington, D.C. this May
One mom from every state and Washington, D.C. will receive transportation and hotel accommodations to attend the Mom Congress conference
at Georgetown University, Sunday, May 2nd through Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
New York, NY and Washington, DC, February 23, 2010 – Parenting magazine and the U.S. Department of Education today announced that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has joined the roster of education and advocacy leaders scheduled to address mom education advocates at Parenting magazine’s Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference at Georgetown University this May. On Monday, May 3rd, Secretary Duncan will speak to attendees about the crucial role that parents play in helping implement the national agenda for improving the country’s school system and the educational opportunities available to our nation’s children. Fifty-one moms, representing each state and Washington, D.C., will be chosen by Parenting magazine to receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the event from applications received at Parenting.com through March 15th.
To nominate yourself or a mom you know who has made a difference in the fight for better schools, visit Parenting.com/momcongress to submit an application. Parenting will be selecting one outstanding advocate from every state and the District of Columbia to attend the conference from May 2 to 4, 2010, and each Mom Congress delegate will receive round-trip airfare, a two-night hotel stay, and the opportunity to connect with other moms from across the country to share success stories, challenges, and concerns as they work to improve our nation’s schools.
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 one of 15,000+ Mom Congress members whose efforts have brought about positive change for students.
Mom Congress delegates selected to attend the conference this May will work towards creating Parenting’s “Lesson Plan for Change”, a guide to help empower parents nationwide to get more involved in their children’s education. Attendees will work with members of the Mom Congress advisory board, which includes leaders from the National PTA, the National Education Association, PBS, MomsRising, the George Lucas Education Foundation and others. Faculty members from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies – the Mom Congress educational provider – will also lead sessions during the event, and will offer scholarships to 10 outstanding mom advocates per semester.
For more information, visit Parenting.com/momcongress. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2010.