Co-founder of 826 National & Co-producer of American Teacher
A former teacher herself, Nínive Calegari is the president of the Teacher Salary Project; the co-author of Teachers Have It Easy; and the co-producer of American Teacher, a documentary by Oscar-winning director Vanessa Roth, with narration by Matt Damon. With McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers, Calegari started 826 Valencia, a student writing program that has spawned 826 National as well as many other local 826 chapters.
Education, Community, and Lessons from the Growth of 826 National: Building a New Movement for Learning
In this light-hearted but powerful talk, Nínive Calegari, a former teacher, shares the story—and the dazzling successes—of 826 National, the volunteer-driven tutoring organization that helps kids read and write. At core, the talk is about leveraging the power of individuals and communities to the benefit of all. Calegari discusses the programs she started, whose innovations have been adopted both nationally and internationally. Why are the 826 tutoring centers located in the backs of storefronts that sell super hero supplies and pirate goods? (The answer is as pragmatic as it is entertaining!) What real impact have they had with students around the country? Why is it important for the professional community to work with students and teachers? And what can other groups learn from how 826 grew organically to meet the demands of students, parents, and schools around the country? Both hilarious and serious, Calegari’s energizing talk opens a much-needed discussion about the role, the necessity, and the quiet daily heroism of our best volunteers, and what communities can do to build similar programs.