After reading my application, my essay, and speaking to my principal, I was chosen to be the representative for the state of Maine at the Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress in May, 2010. The agenda is packed with:
a series of presentations and panel discussions led by some of the most notable names in the education field. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be leading a Town Hall presentation on Monday morning, and leaders from the PTA, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, the National Education Association, PBS, Working Mother Media and other education and advocacy groups will be leading sessions throughout the day. On Tuesday, attendees will work with editors from Parenting magazine to create a “Lesson Plan for Change”, a guide to empower parents nationwide to become more involved in their children’s schools.
The event is being held at Georgetown University in conjunction with their Continuing Studies Program. This is an opportunity to bring Mama C’s voice, and professional expertise to the table. Attendees will include mothers representing every state in the country, and Washington DC. As I have let the news of this honor set in, I realize that I am going to need your help. I am going to be asking for your best resources, articles, words of inspiration and encouragement. I want to attend this congress with my ducks in a row, my resources readily available, and my message clear.
Which message Mama C? As I see it, there is a reason that I have been chosen, and I am going to speak up where the need is greatest. As my readers you know what I hold dear. As my supporters you know that my passion is clear. I am being invited to work with mothers from around the country, and join with them to map out our next steps for inviting all families into the educational process, and making certain that all families feel invited to join in too.
The universe is clearly opening a door with doormen on either side for this one.