Farwell Middle School language arts teacher Penny Lew presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2012 Annual Convention on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. Lew discussed the topic, “Writing, Technology, and the Common Core.” Lew was selected to speak as a result of her contributions as co-director of the Chippewa River Writing Project (CRWP), a site of the National Writing Project which works to improve the teaching and learning of writing in Michigan’s schools and local communities.
“Some of my CRWP colleagues and I wrote a proposal about integrating the Common Core State Standards with Technology. NCTE thought it looked like a promising topic, and our proposal was accepted,” said Lew. “I was excited, but also nervous. I’ve run numerous workshops and professional development, but this was my first experience presenting at a national conference.”
Lew presented to approximately 100 people at the convention, which draws thousands of K-12 teachers, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world each year.
“It is an honor to have a nationally recognized teacher working with us at Farwell Middle School,” said FMS Principal Cathy Gross. “Penny is passionate about using technology in the writing process and is certainly preparing our students for the 21st Century.”
Lew credits her CRWP and Farwell Middle School colleagues for her accomplishments. “I work with educators from all over mid-Michigan, and I am constantly reminded how fortunate I am to work for Farwell,” she said.