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Professional development seminar to feature 'Freedom Writer'

RELEASED: March 22, 2011

Manuel Scott
Manuel Scott

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Wisconsin Education Association will host one of the original "Freedom Writers" for the 2011 Spring Professional Development Seminar at 11 a.m. April 2 in Schofield Auditorium.

Manuel Scott, whose story is told in the film "Freedom Writers," will be the keynote speaker. Scott dropped out of high school at age 14 and used drugs and alcohol. Even though he was at one time considered "unteachable," Scott went on to earn degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University. He is currently working on his doctorate.

"Something special happened, and I love sharing that message with others," Scott said.

Senior Tyler Edmondson, Appleton, vice president of St. WEA, said Scott's speech will address how teachers can help students succeed.

"I'm really looking forward to Manuel Scott's message on campus," said Edmondson, who has seen Scott's presentation. "This will be a really great opportunity to inspire my peers."

The seminar is open to the public, and registration will take place March 28-30. Tickets cost $15 for St. WEA members and $20 for non-members. Brochures with registration forms are available in Room 151 of Brewer Hall. The seminar will include a raffle, lunch and three sessions of the participant's choice.

For more information, contact Edmondson at edmontm@uwec.edu. Scott will also speak on campus as part of the annual Mogenson Lecture April 1.

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