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National Writing Project Teacher to Address U.S. Senate Committee

Chugwater High School Teacher, Carrie Langston, to Participate in Roundtable Discussion

For Immediate Release


CHUGWATER, WY, February 15, 2006—Carrie Langston, teacher-leader with the Wyoming Writing Project and a teacher at Chugwater High School is headed to our nation's capitol to participate in a roundtable discussion of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions entitled "Competitiveness: Building and Filling the Pipeline." Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) is the Chairman of the Committee. The roundtable will be held on February 16, 2006, at 10:00 AM in room G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

A University of Wyoming graduate, Langston is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts program in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been teaching for 18 years, most recently at Chugwater High School where she teaches language arts, grades 7-12.

Langston first became involved with the Wyoming Writing Project 20 years ago. Participating in that summer institute was a life-changing experience for her. "The National Writing Project also provides me with a key tool: a network of teachers across the country with whom I can collaborate on a variety of projects," said Langston. "I am proud to be one of the 100,000 teachers a year who are `in the trenches,' working daily to bring not only literacy, but the application of higher-level thinking skills to students and to my colleagues who teach social studies, math, science, business, foreign language, and special education."

"We are proud to have Ms. Langston represent the National Writing Project at this roundtable," said Richard Sterling, NWP Executive Director. "She understands that the skill of writing is as critical to a scientist, a mathematician, or an engineer as it is to an English teacher. Improving writing in all disciplines contributes to solving the pipeline problem, ensuring that more high school graduates will have the motivation and skills to succeed in the STEM fields. For this reason, the writing project workshops we conduct are for all teachers."

Read Carrie Langston's prepared statement to the committee.

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