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SK Parent Heads to Congress - Mom Congress

Lynne Harper, the chairwoman of the South Kingstown Patch Parents' Council, represents Rhode Island at third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning.

A Wakefield mother of two, Lynne Harper, has been selected by Parenting
Magazine to serve as Rhode Island’s delegate to the 2012 Mom Congress on Education and Learning that kicks off the weekend in Washington, D.C.

Chosen for her outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools, Lynne is one of a total of 51 delegates, representing each state and the District of Columbia, and has received an all-expense-paid trip to D.C. for the event.

She will 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.

Lynne's personal education passions include improving resources for parents of students with language based learning disabilites like Dyslexia, ADHD and other challenges that tend to be misunderstood, and parent engagement with schools, digital literacy and expanding the use of technology in the classroom at all levels.

Lynne invites you to tag alone virtually as she will be blogging live from the conference right here on Patch. She hopes to share valuable info directly from the conference sessions in the form of brief summaries, polls and posts on Twitter and Facebook.

You can provide your own feedback and questions for her to share with presenters and fellow delegates. Slated to speak this year are United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; NBC News chief education correspondent Rehema Ellis; and Lily Eskelsen, VP, National Education Association, to name a few.

You can follow Lynne right here on Patch, on Twitter @LynneHarper1; @SKParentsCouncl (not a typo) or by liking Mom Congress on Facebook. You can be a part of the important conversations about education issues and initiatives that will be taking place in the next few days and help shape and improve what and how we teach our children and how and what they learn!

Lynne lives in South Kingstown with her husband Jim, two children (Johnathan, 12 and Ellyn, 10), and their dog Lance, who they adopted from American Lab Rescue. She is a 1980 graduate of South Kingstown High School and received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Rhode island in 1984.

She currently serves as the Director of Programs for the national nonprofit organization, The Volunteer Family, and is also a digital literacy trainer for Broadband RI, an initiative of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

Want to be e-mailed when we have a new entry from Lynne, or a new SK Parents’ Council article? Click the “keep me posted!” button below.

Lynne M. Harper April 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hey everyone...I am at TFGreen and just had my first official TSA upperbody pat-down! Didn't know that tired mom is considered a suspicious profile but now I know not to wear an underwire bra the next time I fly! SO anyway...about 30minutes to boarding and then its officially off to congress!
Cheryl Butler April 30, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Congrats, Lynne! Can't wait to hear how the conference goes! Have a great time and bring us back some good info! :)
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