A small group from the College of Education and Human Development pose with Johnny Isakson in his office in Washington, D.C.

CEHD attends Day on the Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its annual Washington Week, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) hosts Day on the Hill, a two-day event inviting faculty and staff from colleges and schools across the country to Washington, D.C., to meet with their congressional representatives and discuss educational policy.

On June 10-11, a small delegation from the College of Education and Human Development met with staff of seven congressional leaders, including Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Rob Woodall, Rep. David Scott, Sen. David Perdue, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Hank Johnson and Sen. Lamar Alexander.

The delegation included DaShaunda Patterson, CEHD clinical assistant professor; Mina Veazie, Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q) project director; Gladys Yarbrough, Collaboration and Resources for Encouraging and Supporting Transformations in Education (CREST-Ed) project director; Rachael Mendel, CEHD alumnus and NET-Q teacher mentor; Chelsea Griffin, CEHD alumnus and science teacher at North Springs High School; and Angela Strozier, principal of Allgood Elementary School.

Patterson said their conversations with legislators and their staff are designed to provide insight about what’s going on in Georgia schools from those working in them on a regular basis.

“If you’re not an educator, you might not have working knowledge of what’s going on in education right now,” she said. “They really rely on us to give them that perspective.”

The delegation also discussed the importance of supporting the national Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program, which supports programs across the country that encourage universities and high-need school districts to work together to prepare teachers. The College of Education and Human Development’s NET-Q and CREST-Ed projects were funded in the 2009 and 2014 TQP grant cycles, respectively.

In addition, the annual trip to Washington allows Patterson and her colleagues to maintain relationships with national leaders and their staff from year to year.

“You build relationships with these folks. They recognize you and want to continue the conversation,” she explained. “We want to plant the seeds that we could be resources for them when they need information on urban education.”

For more information about Day on the Hill, visit http://aacte.org/professional-development-and-events/washington-week.