Teacher Support

Founded by both teachers and writers, 826 National is wildly pro-teacher. We know that class sizes can be enormous, and that compressed scheduling and other demands prevent teachers from doing all of the projects they'd like to with their students. 826 National steps in to help bridge that gap. 826 chapters provide volunteers to assist students with in-school writing projects. We also publish books by students about their experiences in schools, and books that help teachers inspire students to write.

Be Honest, and Other Advice From Students Across the Country (New Press, 2011)

Be Honest is a compilation of student writing about education in America. Students speak out about their experiences in the classroom — the inspiring, the comical, and the areas that need change. You will laugh, you will cry, you will rally the troops in support of childhood education (we hope)! More than anything, you will be awed by what these eloquent students, like 14-year-old Chris Olivares of Los Angeles, have to say:

"I don’t know who you are. But I do know you can make a difference, whether you are an adult, a student, a teacher yourself, or just someone who found this lying on the streets and picked it up just for the heck of it."

Be Honest was edited by 826 co-founder Nínive Calegari and features a foreword by singer-songwriter Neko Case. You can order a copy from our online store today.

Don't Forget to Write (Jossey Bass, 2011)

Don't Forget to Write contains lesson plans used at our writing centers across the country. Lessons are based on the idea that fun and engagement are paramount, and each one is written by an expert in their field. The book is split into two volumes, one for elementary and one for secondary grades.

Contributors include Jonathan Ames, Cory Doctorow, Ellie Kemper, Julie Orringer, Vendela Vida, and Sarah Vowell. Pick up one or both to support the 826 National programs that inspired these lessons!

Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers (New Press, 2005)

826 co-founders Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari, along with teacher and journalist Daniel Moulthrop, co-authored a book about teachers' lives. The book documents dedicated teachers and their frustrations, and also highlights three communities that are grappling with salary reform. The book pairs statistics and analysis with the stories of teachers from across the country to show the consequences of low teacher pay on teachers, students, and communities.