2021 Digital Summer Institute

June 7 - 23, 2021
45 hours, mix of synchronous and asynchronous

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Nebraska Writing Project’s premiere program, the Summer Institute is open to teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. The 2021 Summer Institute redesigns the National Writing Project model as an online-only experience to allow distance access and pandemic safety. Participants will generate writing, share best teaching practices for writing at their grade level and disciplines, and engage in inquiry and research into aspects of writing. Participants may also qualify for monetary stipends of between $300 and $750 to help offset the cost of 6 graduate credit hours (approximately $2000) in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Institute activities include: writing and publishing exercise, visits with local experts on the teaching of writing, participant presentations on best practices of teaching writing, technological support for teaching writing in online environments.


Emily Fisher, Nebraska Writing Project Board Member
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Former Elementary-Middle School teacher, Lincoln Public Schools

Brenda Larabee, Nebraska Writing Project Board Member and past Co-Director
Stuart High School (English, Speech, Drama, Computers)
MacDaniels Teacher of the Year 2019

Angela Vetter, Nebraska Writing Project Board Member
Brownell-Talbott School, Learning and Curriculum Coordinator and 7th grade teacher

Stacey Waite, Rosowski Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
English, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Application Information

All 2021 applications must be submitted by April 5, 2021.

The application process includes:

  1. a 1-page formal letter of application
  2. a supporting letter of nomination from a teaching colleague (preferably a past NeWP participant)
  3. a phone interview with a facilitator

Please include the following information in your application letter:

  • 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
  • Your email address
  • Complete addresses and phone numbers for home and school

Submit applications to Dr. Robert Brooke, Director of the Nebraska Writing Project, at rbrooke1@unl.edu.