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Cal State Northridge Writing Project Teacher-Consultant Promotes Civic Learning at Reagan Library

Publication: CSUN Today
Date: May 31, 2017

Summary: Longtime English teacher Tony Pennay puts his passion for supporting civically engaged youth to work as chief learning officer for the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute.

 

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Pennay followed his mentor's directive and spent the summer of 2008 in the first cohort of CSUN's Writing Project — which helped lead to a training and later, a job opportunity at the Reagan Library.

'Following powerful, influential mentors has always been important to me,' he said of Rowlands and his experience at CSUN. 'Even though I had taught for seven years, I knew I could get better. I needed to be better. In my first year of teaching, one of my colleagues pulled me aside and said, There are two types of teachers: One is the teacher who teaches the same thing every year for 20 or 30 years. The other is somebody who changes up — every year you get better and better.'"

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