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June 25, 2010 > New Haven teacher to lobby for Science

New Haven teacher to lobby for Science

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A New Haven Unified School District teacher will be in Washington D.C. this week to lobby congressional representatives to better support science in schools across the country.

Kim Pratt, who teaches at Alvarado Elementary School, headed to Washington, where she will meet with both of California's senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, as well as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Ms. Pratt also will meet with Congressman Pete Stark and both the Senate Commerce Committee for Science and Space and the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Her schedule also includes visits with the National Science Foundation, the American Geophysical Union and possibly the Department of Education.

Accompanying Ms. Pratt will be Louisa Koch, the Director of Education for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Paul Cooper of the American Geophysical Union. They will be fostering support and continued interest in the Bay Watershed and Education Training (B-WET) program and to share New Haven's environmental education program.

Standardized test scores haves soared in science since Ms. Pratt developed the hands-on experiential program, funded by a B-WET grant. As a result Ms. Pratt has traveled to Europe each of the past two years to share her work with scientists and teachers at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly.

"It's quite an honor to have envisioned a program, watched it grow and (to be) leveraging on all the hard work we have done, share it with legislators to inform them and gain their support in funding more programs for students in our state and country," Ms. Pratt said.

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