2015 Summer Institutes

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Lincoln and Humanities Summer Institutes

to be held on the UNL Campus

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March 2nd, 2015 : deadline for open application to Lincoln and Humanities Institutes notification by April 20th, 2015.  OR Apply by November 10th to receive early notification by December 15th, 2014.

Lincoln Summer Institute
June 8th to July 2nd, 2015
9:00am to 3:00pm

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Open to teachers of all grade levels. This is NeWP's premiere program, following the National Writing Project Invitational Institute Model. Institute actitivities include:

  • Immerse participants in their own writing;
  • Invite participants to share their best teaching practices for writing;
  • Engage participants in inquiry and research into aspects of writing.

Institute Activities:

  • Writing exercises
  • Visits with local experts in the teaching of writing
  • Participant presentations on their best practices of teaching writing
  • Professional development
  • Practice using various computer technologies to support writing
  • Writing workshops
  • Institute anthology

Stipend: Nebraska teachers admitted to the Lincoln Summer Institute may qualify for up to $750 stipend which helps offset the cost of 6 UNL graduate credits in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Facilitators:  Dr. Sarah Thomas, UNL; Dr. June Griffin, UNL; Brenda Larabee, M.Ed., Stuart Public Schools, Secondary Facilitator; Sarah Kroenke, NBPTS Certified, Irving Middle School, Middle/Elementary Facilitator

Humanities Summer Institute:
Activist Teaching

June 8th to June 26th, 2015
1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Open to teachers of all grade levels and is for 3 UNL graduate credits in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.  Past participation in a NeWP Summer or Rural Institute is preferred but not required.  This institute explores activist teaching of the humanities in a writing-rich environment.

Institute activities include:

  • immersion in reading and in our own writing;
  • shared examination of the connections between writing and activism in our teaching;
  • collaborative research on activist pedagogies; institutional and professional issues; new genres, media;
  • technologies and resources for enacting activist teaching across the content areas.

Credits: Participants will earn 3 UNL graduate credit hours in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Facilitators: Dr. Lauren Gatti, UNL; Beverly Hoistad, Pyrtle Elementary, Lincoln, Elementary Facilitator.


You will need to complete a two-page letter of application. Indicate the Institute to which you are applying and include the following information:

  • What you are currently doing with writing in your classroom
  • What you might have to share with other educators about teaching writing in your school and community.
  • What you especially want to learn from other educators.
  • Complete addresses for home and school, phone numbers, and email address.
Email to:

Dr. Robert Brooke, Director
Nebraska Writing Project
(402) 472-1807