2014 Summer Institutes

Water fall at Platte River State park

Lincoln and Literature Summer Institutes

to be held on the UNL Campus

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March 3rd, 2014: deadline for open application to Lincoln and Humanities Institutes notification by April 21st, 2014.

LINCOLN Summer Institute
June 9th to July 3rd, 2014
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. Robert Brooke, UNL; Dr. Sarah Thomas, UNL, TLTE; Amy Tasich, Elkhorn South High School; Diana Weis, Cather Elementary, Millard.

LITERATURE Summer Institute
June 9th to June 27th, 2014
1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Open to teachers of all grade levels and is for 3 UNL graduate credits iin English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.  Past participation in a NeWP Summer or Rural Institute is preferred but not required. 

Institute activities include:

  • Freewriting from literature
  • Writing from, of, and about literature
  • Participant-facilitated discussion of questions regarding the relationshipbetween reading and writing
  • Small group discussions of participants' reading and writing
  • Shared readings of selected literature and research on teaching literature through writing
  • Visits with local experts in teaching writing

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

Facilitators: Dr. Lauren Gatti, UNL; Danielle Helzer, Omaha Burke High School, secondary facilitator; Anne Walden, retired gifted facilitator and teacher, Rousseau Elementary, LPS, 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