August 8, 2013
Rep. Peters Introduces ‘National Innovation in Education’ Resolution with Help From Local Students
WASHINGTON, DC – Late last week, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced a resolution to highlight the increasingly innovative teaching methods being seen across San Diego and the country. The idea for this resolution originated with the Congressman’s group of summer interns in his Washington, DC, office, who crafted the language, gathered a bipartisan coalition of 17 cosponsors, and were present for the bill’s introduction.
“As a country we must focus on bringing innovation into the classroom,” Congressman Peters said. “San Diego is home to several examples of how to bring technology and innovation into schools, which improve the student experience and prepare the next generation for leadership in an increasingly competitive global economy.”
Through this process, Congressman Peters and his staff served as mentors to the students, who are from the San Diego area but are spending the summer on Capitol Hill. Knowledge of the region gave the students a unique perspective on the local innovation economy and led them to this particular resolution idea.
House Resolution 331, titled ‘National Innovation in Education Day,’ would recognize September 18 each year as a day to focus on how innovation and technology in classrooms can improve student performance. This bill continues Congressman Peters’ commitment to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while also bringing attention to San Diego’s burgeoning innovation economy.
Various educational institutions in San Diego have provided examples of how they are using technology to enhance the learning atmosphere and engage students in new ways. More information on individual testimonials will be released prior to the September 18 date.