NeWP Leadership Board February Meeting

The Nebraska Writing Project Leadership Board met on Monday, February 24th at the Country Kitchen in Omaha to discuss the pressing issues of the organization.

robertbevPresent were Dr. Robert Brooke, Kim Larson, Melanie Farber, Jeff Grinvalds, Danielle Helzer and Beverly Hoistad. Brenda Larabee of Stuart joined via Danielle’s cell phone after several other attempts to connect failed.

The board meeting opened with Brenda sharing her meeting with a local home school group leader discussing ways that the writing project could partner with home school parents. The question is how can the Nebraska Writing Project reach out to writers at a variety of educational institutions throughout the state?

Danielle Helzer then discussed her plans for NeWP to host another Unconference. Stay tuned for details.

Robert then moved us to the standard agenda items including a follow-up discussion of the Winter Board retreat held in January. Items for future discussion include the idea of allowing past TC’s to engage with the Summer Institute for no cost and no credit. We also discussed ways to continue funding instates. Items were tabled for the Summer Board Retreat in July.

Plans for the Spring Gathering are underway. We will be holding the annual celebration on Friday, May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at UNL. More details to come! Save that date.

We are still looking for a school to host a SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant. The grant requires a school with 50% or more free and reduced lunch. Contact Robert if your school might qualify. We spent quite a bit of time digging through the NDE website looking at our schools’ statistics.

Danielle also shared her updates for the rural Writing Festival and the the Elkhorn Writing Festival.

“We hope you and your students can join us this spring for our Youth Writing Festivals. This year we’ll be hosting two festivals on March 29th: one for students in grades 6-8 at Elkhorn South High School and one for students in grades 6-12 at Stuart Public School. The attached brochure contains more information for each festival; feel free to distribute to your students! ” 2014 YWF brochure

We are also looking for contributions to our blog. Do you have news to share about writing and education? Do you have news to share about anything in the NeWP network? Or do you want to share your ideas about our current prompt: “What is writing like?” Contact us at with your ideas and writing. We would love to share!



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