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Congressman pays visit to Lehigh Valley Writing Project

Congressman Charlie Dent and the Lehigh Valley Writing Project
7/29/2009 —

United States Representative Charlie Dent  visited the Lehigh Valley Writing Project (LVWP) on Monday, July 20, to participate with 20 area teachers in the Project's Summer Institute demonstration about learning math through writing. The Lehigh Valley Writing Project, based at Penn State Lehigh Valley's Corporate Learning Center in Bethlehem, is the local site of the National Writing Project.


"Since the National Writing Project is a federally-funded program, our legislators play a key role in the continued operations of our national infrastructure and our individual site here in the Lehigh Valley," said Nancy Coco, director of the Lehigh Valley Writing Project. "We were so pleased to host Congressman Dent on Monday and thank him for his continued support, especially as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year."


During his visit, Congressman Dent, a Penn State grad, experienced a part of the LVWP Summer Writing Invitational Institute, a six-credit graduate experience emphasizing balanced literacy where participants are immersed in the writing process. The Institute is a teachers-teaching-teachers’ program based on the belief that through a process of collaborative inquiry, teachers can better address the educational issues of today’s classroom. Graduates of the Institute become certified National Writing Project Fellows.


"I am excited about the impact LVWP is having on the teachers and students in the Fifteenth District and the surrounding area," said Dent. "Federal dollars appropriated to the National Writing Project, the only federally funded program that focuses on the teaching of writing, are an investment in our students' ability to compete with their peers in countries around the world."


For more information about the Lehigh Valley Writing Project, please visit www.lvwp.org.

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