National Writing Project

Tell Your Story on Capitol Hill at the 2004 NWP Spring Meeting

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 8, No. 5
Date: 2003

The National Writing Project owes 30 years of success to the expertise and hard work of thousands of teachers and site leaders across the network. That reliable, long-term success has helped secure federal funding for the National Writing Project since 1991.

But the effort to secure continued federal funding for the writing project is currently challenged by a substantial shift in government priorities, a growing federal deficit, and more competing interests than ever before. Educating members of Congress about the work of the project is crucial to maintaining future federal funding. Congress needs to hear directly from teachers and site leaders about how the writing project has made a difference in local classrooms, schools, and communities.

Don't miss your best opportunity to give this country's legislators the message they need to hear: the writing project is improving student writing and learning, and making a difference in students' lives in classrooms all across America. Join your colleagues in Washington, D.C., on April 1-2 for the 2004 NWP Spring Meeting.

The meeting kicks off on Thursday morning, April 1, in the Mansfield Room on the Senate side of the Capitol, where participants will hear from NWP's key supporters in Congress. Thursday afternoon is set aside for personal visits to representatives and senators—the chance for teachers to talk about the work they do and how their students benefit. Thursday ends with an evening reception, where participants can socialize with their colleagues and share stories about the day. The meeting continues on Friday, April 2, at the Washington Court Hotel, and will include a nationally recognized keynote speaker followed by roundtable discussions on the latest issues writing project teachers face.

Accommodations will be provided by the elegant Washington Court Hotel, walking distance to Union Station, the U.S. Capitol, and the National Mall. The NWP discount rate at the hotel is $185 per night, single or double. Rooms must be reserved at least 30 days in advance. Meeting registration is required and will begin online in December where more meeting details will also be available.

Come tell your story and experience the power your voice has in securing a future for the National Writing Project.

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