On Friday, October 7, representatives from the Council of Writing Program Administrators,
along with colleagues from CCCC and NWP visited The White House. The delegation included
Charlie Lowe, Keith Rhodes, Linda Adler-Kassner, Rita Malenczyk, Barb L'Eplattenier,
Duane Roen, Dominic DelliCarpini, Chuck Paine, Dave Blakesley, Susan Miller-Cochran,
Kelly Ritter, and Chris Anson.
During the morning, we met with officials from the current administration to discuss a range of
initiatives. We had lively interactions with Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the
President; Mark Doms, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce; Brad Cooper,
Executive Director, Join Forces; Stephanie Valencia, Deputy Director, White House Office
of Public Engagement; Sam Kass, Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives; Valerie
Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor; John Kelly, Policy Advisor, Office of
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President
and Director, White House Office of Public Engagement.
In the afternoon we met with Chad Aldeman, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education, and several of his colleagues..
Here we had an opportunity to talk about "Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing."
From my perspective, I think that we raised awareness of the CWPA, CCCC, NWP, as well
as some topics that are important to all three organizations--e.g.dual-credit/concurrent-enrollment
writing courses, standardized high-stakes tests.
The meetings reminded us that individuals and organizations need to work with policy makers at the national,
State, and local levels to help them craft policy that shapes writing instruction in K-16 settings.
For those who heard Barbara Cambridge speak that the CWPA conference in Baton
Rouge in July, you'll be pleased to know that Barbara is well known in the U.S. Department
of Education. The staff members from the Department of Education mentioned Barbara
Cambridge several times.
We left the meetings feeling that we had opened some doors.