Nínive Clements Calegari

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Nínive Clements Calegari is an educator in the United States. Following ten years of classroom experience in public schools, she became an author and founded a national literacy program.


Calegari went to Santa Catalina School and graduated in 1989, later going to Middlebury College to receive her bachelor's degree in 1993 and a Masters in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1995.[1] She worked at Leadership High School, San Francisco's first charter school, where she also served on the Board of Directors, and then taught in her family's hometown in Mexico,[2]

Calegari was a co-founder of 826 Valencia in April 2002 and the founding executive director.[3] The group and the seven other related chapters of 826 National (which she also co-founded and headed) are a group of non-profit writing centers for students ages 6–18.

Calegari, along with Dave Eggers and Daniel Moulthrop, co-authored the book Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers, published by The New Press in 2005.[4] It argued that increasing teachers' salaries is a critical piece to meaningful school reform and essential to making sure that US students consistently get quality teachers.[5]

Calegari also founded and serves as president of The Teacher Salary Project, a non-profit designed to build the political will necessary to transform how US society values effective teachers.[6] The project uses film, the Internet, and the general public to communicate its mission. The Teacher Salary Project's film, American Teacher, held its first preview screening in May 2011 at the San Francisco International Film Festival and is scheduled to be officially released in major US cities in the Fall 2011.[6] The film was produced by Calegari and Eggers, and directed and produced by filmmaker Vanessa Roth.[7] The film is narrated by actor Matt Damon with music composed by San Francisco musician Thao Nguyen[8]

In 2007, Calegari received Edutopia's 2007 Daring Dozen award.[9] In 2008, Calegari was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Arts Commission.[10] She served on the board of Learning Points Associates,[11] and as an advisor to the George Lucas Education Foundation.[9] She has been the recipient of an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the William Coe Award for study at Stanford University and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship. The Jim Henson Community Honor in 2010 was awarded to 826 National.[12]



  1. ^ "Distinguished Alumnae". Santa Catalina School web site. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Leadership High School Board of Trustees". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "About 826 National". 826 National web site. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Teachers Have it Easy". The New Press web site. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Rafe Esquith (June 26, 2005). "Unsung Heroes". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 13, 2011.  Book Review of Teachers Have It Easy.
  6. ^ a b "The Teacher Salary Project". official web site. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Michael Alison Chandler (June 1, 2011). "A movie that tells a real story of American teachers". Washington Post. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "American Teacher Soundtrack". Different Fur Studios. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Nínive Clements Calegari: Spreading the Word About the Power of Words". "The Daring Dozen 2007". Edutopia. May 17, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Agency Report on District-Based Programming" (PDF). San Francisco Arts Commission. May 25, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Board of Directors". Learning Points Associates. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Jim Henson Company Announces its Fifth Annual Recipients of the Jim Henson Honors" (PDF). News release. Hollywood, California: The Jim Henson Company. February 17, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 

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