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Mom Congress: On the Agenda

Check out the stellar lineup of panelists and speakers who will be addressing our 51 Mom Congress delegates today -- and don't forget to tune in at 10:45 a.m. to view a live webcast of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Town Hall presentation!

Welcome note: Susan Kane, editor-in-chief, Parenting magazine

A teacher’s viewpoint on parental involvement: Lily Eskelsen, Vice President, National Education Association

Panel discussion: Advocating for change on a grassroots level


· Carol Evans, President and Founder, Working Mother Media

· Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Co-Founder and Executive Director, MomsRising

· Moderated by: Deanna Cooke, Ph.D., Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, Georgetown University

Panel discussion: The new role of technology in the classroom


· David Markus, Editorial Director, George Lucas Educational Foundation

· Melinda George, Senior Director, PBS TeacherLine and National Education Partnerships

· Moderated by: Julia Lamm, Associate Professor, Theology, Georgetown University

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Town Hall on the national education agenda and family engagement

· Introduction by John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University

· Moderated by Robert Manuel, PhD, Dean, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

· Closing remarks by Susan Kane, editor-in-chief, Parenting magazine

Afternoon keynote: Byron V. Garrett, CEO of National PTA 

Panel discussion: Fighting childhood obesity in the classroom


· Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health

· Dana Carr, MPH, Director, Health, Mental Health, Environmental Health and Physical Education Programs Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education

· Megan Matthews, Communications Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

· Moderated by: Kelly Holdcraft, Director of Paralegal Studies, Georgetown University

Panel discussion: Working with the media to get your message heard


· Greg Toppo, Education Reporter, USA Today

· Michael Alison Chandler, Education Reporter, Washington Post

· Moderated by: Julie Greene Bataille, Associate Vice President, Communications, Georgetown University

Panel discussion: The foundation of a solid education: Early literacy and reading development


· Kim Davenport, SVP, Education and Research, Jumpstart

· Carol Rasco, President and CEO, Reading is Fundamental

· Carolyn Jaynes, PhD, LeapFrog Literacy Expert

· Moderated by: Jane Banister, Director, Hoya Kids Learning Center

Early Childhood Education Advocacy in Your Community


· Dr. Elanna S. Yalow, Ph.D., M.B.A, Executive Vice President, Knowledge Universe, and Vice Chair, Knowledge Learning Corporation