In 2010 I was chosen as the delegate to represent the state of Illinois at the first annual Mom Congress at Georgetown University. At the 2010 conference hosted by Parenting Magazine our delegation spent time working to develop a “Lesson Plan for Change” to help parents from all walks of life feel more comfortable advocating for their child, their school and education.
In 2011 I returned to Mom Congress as a mentor for the 2011 delegation and a presenter on the topic of bullying prevention. I was honored to serve on a panel with speakers from the U.S. Department of Education, author, James Howe and an officer from the American Federation of Teachers.
In 2008 I personally secured a proclamation signed by the governor of Illinois proclaiming one week in October as Bullying Prevention Awareness Week across the state. I was moved to request this proclamation after working with the girl scout troop that I lead on bullying issues at our local school. I knew there was a bigger movement behind our work as a group of 24 second grade girls and this proclamation helped me spread the word on behalf of the 24 girls who stood up for themselves and others as bullying advocates. This proclamation is highlighted in the book Waiting for Superman.
I remain active with Mom Congress on external projects and partnerships including the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Campaign and work with the U.S. Department of Education. I look forward to the growth of the Mom Congress movement and helping to move forward the mission of education advocacy with moms across the country.