Parenting Magazine Opens Nominations For 4th Annual Mom Congress On Education And Learning

Friday, April 5, 2013

Parenting magazine announces that nominations are open for the fourth annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning this fall in Washington D.C.  

Officials said, "Nominate yourself or a deserving mom by submitting an application online by April 30th at

A total of 51 delegates, representing each state and the District of Columbia, will be selected by Parenting magazine from applications submitted through  Each delegate will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to D.C. for the event, where they will be able 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.

Scottie Goodman Summerlin of Signal Mountain represented Tennessee at the third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference in Washington, D.C. in April, 2012. Ms. Summerlin was chosen for her outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools.

For the third consecutive year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan headlined the roster of education and advocacy leaders that addressed the delegates at the conference. Others that appeared included NBC News’ Education Nation, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!, VH1 Save the Music, the United Nations Foundation,  National PTA, National Education Association, Teach for America, Save the Children, Georgetown University and others.

"I loved representing Tennessee at the 2012 Mom Congress," said Ms. Summerlin.  "I was so excited when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan promoted our state when he said 'Tennessee is leading the way when it comes to education reform in the United States.'  Duncan was one of many national education leaders we were able to meet.  It was also great to connect with moms from across the country.  We compared notes and shared ideas about how parents can support our public schools." 

Ms. Summerlin is passionate about her role as a public education advocate.  The former television news anchor/reporter now serves as Nolan Elementary PTA President, Hamilton County PTA Communications Vice President and Tennessee PTA Communications Chair.  She represented East Tennessee at the 2012 National PTA Conference in San Jose, California. Ms. Summerlin serves on the advisory board for the Mountain Education Foundation and she is columnist for Tennessee Valley Parents. She also served as the Education chair on the 2012 United Way of Chattanooga Campaign Cabinet. Ms.  Summerlin is a 2011 Leadership Chattanooga graduate, a Junior League of Chattanooga sustainer, and was named as one of Chattanooga's 2011 Women of Distinction.

Mandy Grisham, from Memphis, was the 2011 Mom Congress Tennessee Delegate.  After participating in Mom Congress, Ms. Grisham put together a parent panel for CNN for a National Town Hall meeting to discuss education reform.  She had a "Delegate of the Week" blog spot on  The U.S. Department of Education invited Ms. Grisham to blog for its website and invited her to attend a reception and a private tour of the White House in December. Ms. Grisham has been back to Washington, D.C. several times to advocate for education reform.  She is a former music teacher and a former PTA President at Peabody Elementary in Memphis.

Both Ms. Summerlin and Ms. Grisham will be mentors at the 2013 Parenting magazine Mom Congress in Washington, D.C. this fall. 

Empowered and inspired by attending the conference, past delegates have returned to their states to create significant change in their school systems, affecting the lives of thousands of children nationwide.

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 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.

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