Friday, March 28, 2014

Last Shout Out to #NWPSM14 Before Training Back To Connecticut

Yesterday was my third year on the 'hill working with Connecticut's political leaders to advocate for literacy, especially the work of the National Writing Project and its support of the work we do at Storrs, Fairfield, and CConn. It is humbling to see how hard our Connecticut politicians work in DC and how stellar they and their employees are. Jason Courtmanche, Shaun Mitchell, and I were treated as royalty and all parties sincerely listened to what we had to say about professional development, the implementation of Common Core State Standards, support for young writers in school, and programming throughout the nutmeg state.

Much appreciation goes to Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty, Congressmen Joe Courtney, John Larson, Elizabeth Esty, and Senators Jim Himes, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy.

There's been a lot of stand still at the capitol the last two years, and these members work tirelessly for what they believe in . I feel fortunate to live in Connecticut and to have these champions supporting the work teachers do. I am thankful that every year they provide hospitality and genuine interest.

Now, it's time for me to get my head around tonight's matchup between the University of Louisiville and the Kentucky Wildcats.

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