The Nebraska Writing Project, a network of professional educators and affiliated writers, provides opportunities to improve, enhance and celebrate writing for classrooms and communities across Nebraska.
- 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 provide educators, through continuing Nebraska Writing Project programs, opportunities to:
- network with other teachers,
- reflect on and improve teaching, and
- act publicly to improve education in our state and region.
- To provide schools, colleges, and universities with an effective professional development model.
- To identify, celebrate, and enhance the professional roles of successful classroom teachers.
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
- Nebraska Humanities Council
- School at the Center
- Rural Voices, Country Schools
- University of Nebraska resources for faculty support
- 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.