About the Nebraska Writing Project

Belief Statements

  • 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.

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