2016 Summer Institutes

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Lincoln and Service Learning Summer Institutes

to be held on the UNL Campus

Applications due March 1st, 2016
Notification of admission by  April 29th, 2016

Lincoln Summer Institute
June 6th to July 1st, 2016
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. Lauren Gatti, UNL; Dr. Stacey Waite, UNL;
Jennifer Long, Gretna High School, secondary facilitator;
Tiffany Young, Pyrtle Elementary, Lincoln, elementary facilitator

Service Learning Institute
June 6th to June 24th, 2016

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 other Institute is preferred but not required.  Institute activities include: exploration of the purpose of education and possible links between teaching and building democracy; writing projects; collaborative inquiry into approaches for connecting schools and communities, service-learning resources, student-driven community research, and social justice teaching practices; shared examination of the challenges and opportunities of community-based learning across the content areas; brainstorming about program-building in our own schools; experiential learning at a community site in Lincoln.

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

Dr. Rachael Wendler, UNL 
Lauren Funk, Pius X High School


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. Stacey Waite, Acting Director
Nebraska Writing Project
(402) 472-3191