2013 Summer Institutes

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Lincoln and Humanities Summer Institutes to be held on the UNL Campus

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November 11th, 2011: deadline for early application to Lincoln and Humanities Institutes, with notification by December 17th, 2011.
March 5th, 2012: deadline for open application to Lincoln and Humanities Institutes notification by April 20th, 2012.

LINCOLN Summer Institute
June 4th to June 29th, 2012
9:00am to 3:00pm

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; Stacey Waite, UNL; Melanie Farber, Lincoln Northstar High School; Jessica Ramsey Capuano, Lincoln Everett Elementary.

HUMANITIES Summer Institute
June 4th to June 22nd, 2012
9:00am to 12:30pm

Open to teachers of all content-areas and grade levels. Past participation in a NeWP Summer or Rural Institute is preferred but not required. This institute explores the relationship between reading and writing in content areas. The 2012 Humanities Institute will have a special focus on Social Justice.

Institute Activities

  • Engaging participants in inquiry and research into the relationship among reading, writing and learning in their content areas;
  • Developing reading and writing practices that enhance participants' teaching goals;
  • Sharing classroom projects that use reading and writing to enhance content knowledge.

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

Facilitators: Shari Stenberg, UNL; Danielle Helzer, Ogallala Public Schools.


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.

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