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 10 - June 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. 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 Schoo


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 civic engagement for teachers through literature, rhetorical action, and civic partnerships. Participants will earn 3 UNL graduate credits in English or Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Institute activities include: writing about/from civic issues, reading and discussion of civic engagement texts in several genres, tour of state legislative process with active state senators, development and sharing of civic engagement teaching.


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

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