Northrop PTSA Co-President Named to Mom Congress - March 19, 2012

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Displayed from: Mar 19, 2012 , until: May 01, 2012

Parenting magazine has appointed Northrop High School PTSA Co-President Kathie Green to be the Indiana representative at the third-annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference in Washington, D.C. April 29-May 1. Green was chosen for her outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools. A total of fifty-one delegates, representing each state and the District of Columbia, have been selected by Parenting from a record-setting number 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'm honored to join this year's Mom Congress," said Green. "Like so many parents and grandparents, we know that kids succeed when parents are involved in their children's education. It's my mission, as a parent, grandparent, and volunteer, to strengthen family engagement in our local schools. I know that together we can build strong communities and give our kids the opportunities they deserve." The theme of the 2012 Mom Congress conference, "Teach Me Something New," is dedicated to fostering the crucially important relationship between parents and their children's teachers. For the third consecutive year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan headlines the roster of education and advocacy leaders scheduled to address the delegates at the conference. Others scheduled to appear include NBC News' Education Nation, Save the Children, National PTA, National Education Association, Teach for America and more. In her work as an education advocate, Green has worked with students, parents and community leaders to forge lasting education reforms. She served on the Indiana PTA Board of Managers as the PR/Marketing Chairperson from 2008-2010 and returned for another term 2011-2013. During that time, she oversaw the implementation of a statewide communications system and twice managed the complete overhaul of the website. She is actively involved on the Legislative and Convention Committees and the Member Services Commission for Indiana PTA. Green is currently the co-president for Northrop High School PTSA and served the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council as Reflections/Citizenship Chairperson. She also has served as the President of the Shawnee Middle School PTSA which grew 442% in membership in just two years. In 2007 and 2008, Green was the President of Northrop High School PTSA as it was named the Indiana PTA Outstanding Unit two years in a row. In 2011, Indiana PTA awarded her with the first ever Beverly Zawadski Advocacy Award in recognition of her efforts as a servant leader, a tireless advocate, and a strong voice for all children. 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, contact: Victoria Livadas victoria.livadas@bonniercorp.com T: 212.779.5312

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.