“The Nebraska Writing Project makes teachers better, stronger, and smarter. In turn, this makes their students better, stronger, and smarter people who will be better people living richer lives and contributing more meaningfully in our communities.”
Participants from more than three decades of work by the Nebraska Writing Project (NeWP) report that their involvement with NeWP has had a significantly positive impact on their teaching, their students, their careers, and their personal lives.
Over the past year the Nebraska Writing Project sat down for interviews with several of its highly accomplished participants and surveyed the past ten years of NeWP participants in order to learn from them how the Nebraska Writing Project has affected their teaching, their students, and their lives. In their interviews and through the responses of 92 survey participants, these NeWP participants shared dramatic stories of the ways in which their involvement in NeWP has provided them with new and research-based teaching strategies, significantly improved their students’ writing performance and attitude toward writing, connected them with a vital network of other talented educators from across the state, provided them with opportunities for class room research, and lead them to important roles as educational leaders and advocates.
Quantitative Results of 2012 Nebraska Writing Project Impact Survey
A survey of 92 educators who have participated in the Nebraska Writing Project in the last ten years shows:
- Over 90% of respondents agree, to varying degrees, that NeWP immediately affected how they teach writing.
- Over 90% of respondents agree, to varying degrees, that they still use ideas, practices, and strategies they learned in NeWP
- Over 90% agree or strongly agree that NeWP significantly affected how they see themselves as professionals
- Nearly all of those surveyed (93%) agreed, to varying degrees, that their involvement in NeWP significantly impacted the way in which they perceived themselves as professionals, while a further 72% report that their participation in NeWP contributed to the advancement of their careers.