Summer Institutes

Every year, NeWP hosts summer institutes for Nebraska educators.

Past Years

2020 Summer Institutes

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Lincoln Summer Institute

June 11 - 26
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. The 2020 Summer Institute redesigns the National Writing Project model as a hybrid online/on campus offering to accommodate busy summer calendars. Participants will generate writing, share best teaching practices for writing, and engage 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. Rachael Shah, UNL English
Emily Fisher, UNL Teaching Learning and Teacher Education
Angela Vetter, Learning and Curriculum Coordinator, 7th grade, Brownell-Talbott School

Technology Institute

June 8 - 26
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
UNL City Campus

Open to teachers of all grade levels, this institute will explore the role of technology in enhancing and deepening writing and writing instruction. Participants will earn 3 UNL graduate credits in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Institute activities include: our own self-directed writing; reading and discussion of technology-informed pedagogy; developing and sharing of research-informed practices involving technology; and exploration of the ways in which education can be enriched through technology.


Dr. Debbie Minter, UNL English
Melissa Legate, M.A., Pierce 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 4, 2019 with decision by December 12, 2019
  • All 2020 applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020

Submit applications by mail or email to:

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