Parenting magazine recently announced that Julie Bergin of Lynbrook has been selected to represent New York at the third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference in Washington, D.C. this April 29 through May 1.
Bergin, PTA Co-President of in Lynbrook, was chosen for her outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools.
A total of 51 delegates, representing each state and the District of Columbia, have been selected by Parenting from a record-setting number of applications submitted through Parenting.com. Each will receive an all-expense-paid trip to D.C. for the event, where they’ll have the opportunity to connect with national leaders in education, Parenting editors, and past Mom Congress delegates to exchange ideas on how to improve our nation’s schools.
“I feel both honored and privileged to represent New York State this year," Bergin said. “I look forward to connecting with the other 50 Moms at the conference, attending the workshops, and taking home some new ideas and initiatives which will benefit the children of New York State."
In her work as an education advocate, Bergin's primary focus has been on enhancing communications between home and school with the use of technology. She has created PTA websites in a number of schools in her district, as well as for SEPTA. Bergin has implemented a weekly email newsletter, a Facebook page, and Twitter in an effort to keep parents informed, and she is a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish heritage organization whose pledge is to practice Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Bergin is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and a Delegate on the Swim Across America, Raising Funds To Fight Cancer, Pool Swim Committee.
The 2011 class of delegates’ accomplishments include the creation of a nationwide book drive in support of early literacy, Books Make it Better; recognition through The White House “Champions of Change” program; the improvement of several school lunch programs across the country; and the development of new educational resources and programs in nearly every state, from early science education workshops in Florida to a new parental advocacy program, Camp Educate, in California.
Faculty members from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies—the Mom Congress educational provider—will lead informative sessions at the conference this year, offering advocacy training workshops to help delegates take what they’ve learned and put it to work in their own communities.
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 2009 to celebrate and connect parents working to improve our nation’s schools. Each month, Parenting and Parenting.com give readers and the 25,000+ Mom Congress members updated educational news and resources to help them make a difference and bring about positive changes for students.
For more information, visit Parenting.com/momcongress.