Summer Institutes

Every year, NeWP hosts summer institutes for Nebraska educators.

Past Years

2019 Summer Institutes

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Lincoln Summer Institute

June 13 - June 28
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hybrid Campus/Online Course

NeWP's premiere program, the Summer Institute is open to teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. Participants will follow the National Writing Project Institute model by generating their own writing, sharing their best teaching practices for writing, and engaging in inquiry and research into aspects of writing. Participants may qualify for a monetary stipend to help offset the cost of 6 graduate credit hours in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Institute activities include: writing and publishing exercises, visits with local experts on the teaching of writing, participant presentations on best practices of teaching writing, professional development, technology support for digital writing initiatives.

Dr. Debbie Minter, UNL English
Dr. Lauren Gatti, UNL TLTE
Brenda Larabee, Stuart High School


Nebraska teachers admitted to the Lincoln Summer Institute may quality for a $250-500 stipend which helps offset the cost of 6 UNL graduate credits in English or Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.

Pedagogy & Politics

June 10 - June 28
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
UNL City Campus

Open to teachers of all grade levels, this institute will explore the complexities of teaching in our current political moment. Participants will earn 3 UNL graduate credits in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Institute activities include: writing about/from political perspectives, reading and discussion of political issues and neutrality, development and sharing of innovating teaching that intersects with political subjects in interesting and challenging ways.


Dr. Stacey Waite, UNL English
Bill Dimon, Lincoln East High School

How to Apply

Please send a two-page letter of application AND a one-page supporting letter of nomination from a teaching colleague, preferably from a past participant in NeWP. Please include the following information:

  • What Institute you are applying to
  • 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
  • Provide complete addresses, phone numbers for home and school and a current e-mail address
  • Early applications are welcomed through November 12, 2018 with notification by December 17, 2018
  • Open admission applications extended to April 1, 2019 with notification by April 29, 2019

Submit applications by mail or email to:

Dr. Robert Brooke, Director
202 Andrews Hall, UNL
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333 
(402) 472-1807