The event took place in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. This meeting, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the International Literacy Association (ILA), was an opportunity to bring the reality of literacy to the halls of Congress.
Peters was one of three panel members speaking at the event. Also participating were Doris C. Lee, Ed.D. the Principal at Village Academy in Far Rockaway, New York and William Teale, Ed.D., the Director of the University of Illinois, Chicago Center for Literacy. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) provided opening remarks and Kelly Pollitt, Chief Advocacy Officer for the National School Boards Association, was the moderator. JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director of NASSP, provided the closing remarks.
After the event, Peters said, “It was an honor to have this opportunity to bring real world issues to the attention of legislators in Washington.” He went on to cite the importance of superintendent leadership in improving student literacy.
Peters is well known for his own leadership in literacy, instituting the “30 for 30” reading program when he first arrived in LCSD 55 and serving on the board of ILA.
“This is not just about teaching a child to read, it is also about poverty and its impact on the lives and opportunities of children, especially in rural areas of the country,” said Peters. “Issues of equity continue to be a source of concern in the way we manage and fund education around the country. We need funding to provide access and quality, so we can provide public education as it should be.”