National Writing Project

National Commission on Writing Honors Senators Byrd and Cochran

By: NWP Staff
Publication: www.nwp.org
Date: February 1, 2004

Summary: Senators Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), both long-time supporters of the National Writing Project, were honored by a national commission in January 2004 for their extraordinary support of the teaching of writing.

 

The National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges honored Senators Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) in separate Capitol Hill ceremonies on January 21 for "Extraordinary Contributions to the Art and Craft of Writing."

The son of a school teacher and principal, Senator Cochran has been an avid backer of federal funding for the National Writing Project (NWP) since 1991, the first year NWP was included in the Department of Education budget.

As a writer, editor, historian, and legislator, Senator Byrd has long been an advocate for NWP and the improvement of the teaching of writing.

The National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges was established by the College Board to help focus national attention on the teaching and learning of writing. The commission is made up of teachers, superintendents, college and university presidents, and business leaders. NWP Executive Director Richard Sterling serves as national advisory chair to the commission.


From right to left: Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board and former governor of West Virginia, presents Senator Robert Byrd with award for "Extraordinary Contributions to the Art and Craft of Writing." Commission chair Bob Kerrey, a former senator from Nebraska and current president of New School University in New York, looks on with Laura Tracy Baisden, a co-director of the Marshall University Writing Project, and Lauren Bevins and Natalie Bates, seniors at Logan (WV) Senior High School. Photo courtesy of Senator Robert Byrd's press office.


From left to right: Senator Thad Cochran shares a laugh with Sherry Swain of the Misssissippi Writing/Thinking Institute, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, and College Board President Gaston Caperton, after accepting an award from The National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges. Photo courtesy of The College Board.

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