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)
"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!