- The best teachers of writing are writers themselves.
- Teachers provide the best instruction for other teachers.
- Anyone, no matter their ability level, can improve their writing in a supportive context with other practicing writers.
- True school reform comes through democratic partnerships across grade levels.
- Teachers, students and communities benefit when teachers form networks with other teachers and draw on collective expertise.
To offer its programs, the Nebraska Writing Project requires a yearly budget of over $140,000. The bulk of this budget comes from local and national grants received for specific projects, most of which require matching funds.
Major donors have included:
- National Writing Project federal allotment
- Hillegas Charitable Fund
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- Humanities Nebraska
- Nebraska's Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education
- School at the Center
- Rural Voices, Country Schools
- United States Department of Education, Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant
- Spencer Foundation
- Educate America Act
The National Writing Project
The Nebraska Writing Project is the state affiliate of the National Writing Project, a federally funded network of teachers that works to improve students' writing abilities by promoting teacher development through summer institutes, year-long continuity and school inservice programs.