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, 826 National. She also founded The Teacher Salary Project. Currently she is the CEO of Enterprise for Youth, a job readiness program serving youth all around the Bay Area.


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.

Calegari was a co-founder of 826 Valencia in April 2002 and the founding executive director.[2] 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.[3] It argues that increasing teachers' salaries is a critical part of meaningful school reform, and essential to ensuring US students receive education from quality teachers.[4]

Calegari founded and serves as CEO of The Teacher Salary Project, a non-profit designed to build the political will necessary to transform how US society values effective teachers.[5] The project uses film, social media, 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. It was also featured in numerous other film festivals, including the United Nations Association Film Festival and Philadelphia International Film Festival.[5] The film was produced by Calegari and Eggers, and directed and produced by filmmaker Vanessa Roth.[6] The film is narrated by actor Matt Damon with music composed by San Francisco musician Thao Nguyen.[7]

In 2008, Calegari was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Arts Commission.[8] She served on the board of Learning Points Associates,[9] and as an advisor to the George Lucas Education Foundation.[10]

In 2014, Calegari gave a TEDx talk at Santa Catalina School on the importance of valuing teachers.[11] In 2015, Calegari and the Teacher Salary Project released two short films, Laney's story and Kory's story, which follow two teachers struggling to make ends meet on a teacher's salary.[12] The two short films were featured in a video on ATTN: which received over 12 million views.[13]


Calegari has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the William Coe Award for study at Stanford University and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship. In 2007, Calegari received Edutopia's 2007 Daring Dozen award.[10]

The Jim Henson Community Honor in 2010 was awarded to 826 National.[14] Calegari was awarded the Hidden Villa Humanitarian Award, along with Dave Eggers, in September 2016.[15] Calegari and Eggers were given the Jefferson Award for their work with 826 Valencia in November 2016.[16]


  • with Daniel Moulthrop and Dave Eggers (2006) [2005]. Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers. forward by Henry Louis Gates Jr. The New Press. ISBN 978-1-59558-128-0.
  • Classroom Publishing: A Practical Guide for Teachers. Ooligan Press. 2010. ISBN 978-1-932010-28-2.
  • with Dave Eggers (April 30, 2011). "The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries". The New York Times. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  • with Dave Eggers and Daniel Moulthrop (June 27, 2005). "Reading, Writing, Retailing". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2011. "Op-Ed" contribution.
  • "Help the Teacher Salary Project Boost Our Profession". Edutopia. February 7, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  • "Why teachers' salaries should be doubled -- now". March 25, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2016 – via The Washington Post.
  • "Why do teachers need side jobs to pay bills?". August 29, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2016 – via San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Be Honest: And Other Advice from Students Across the Country. The New Press. 2011. ISBN 1595586091 – via Amazon.


  1. ^ "Distinguished Alumna Award". Santa Catalina School web site. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "About 826 National". 826 National web site. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "Teachers Have it Easy". The New Press web site. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Rafe Esquith (June 26, 2005). "Unsung Heroes". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2016. Book Review of Teachers Have It Easy.
  5. ^ a b "The Teacher Salary Project". American Teacher: about the film. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Michael Alison Chandler (June 1, 2011). "A movie that tells a real story of American teachers". Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  7. ^ Gazdowicz, Anna (September 7, 2011). "Thao Nguyen scores 'American Teacher,' a documentary about the national education crisis through the eyes of the teachers". The Bay Bridged. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "San Francisco Arts Commission Newsletter". San Francisco Arts Commission. April 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "Learning Points Associates". Relationship Science. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Nínive Clements Calegari: Spreading the Word About the Power of Words". "The Daring Dozen 2007". Edutopia. May 17, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "[Video] On the importance of Teachers at TEDx". The Teacher Salary Project. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  12. ^ "New Short Documentary Reveals Tradeoffs of Teachers' Second Jobs: Teacher Salary Project Continues Push for Equity, Professionalism". The Teacher Salary Project. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  13. ^ "ATTN: Video - Timeline". facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ Report, Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Town Crier. "Hidden Villa to honor humanitarians at annual dinner-fundraiser Saturday". www.losaltosonline.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  16. ^ Chin, Sharon. "826 Valencia Takes Education To Creative New Heights". Retrieved 2016-11-29.

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