826 National

Our director of research and evaluation on Google’s “Policy by the Numbers” blog:

On any given day at an 826 center, you might find a student inventing and writing species descriptions for mythical creatures, working with a tutor to research and write a report on how robots work, or interviewing a professional scientist for a student-authored publication. We believe that whether a child will go on to be the next Ernest Hemingway or Ernest Rutherford, a wily imagination, honed creativity, and strong ability to communicate one’s ideas are essential to future success.

Check out our 2010-2011 annual report, designed by the amazing Oliver Munday and showcasing the even-more-amazing work of nearly 30,000 students!

Check out our 2010-2011 annual report, designed by the amazing Oliver Munday and showcasing the even-more-amazing work of nearly 30,000 students!

From the Harvard Education Letter:

When students know how to ask their own questions, they take greater ownership of their learning, deepen comprehension, and make new connections and discoveries on their own. However, this skill is rarely, if ever, deliberately taught to students from kindergarten through high school. Typically, questions are seen as the province of teachers, who spend years figuring out how to craft questions and fine-tune them to stimulate students’ curiosity or engage them more effectively. We have found that teaching students to ask their own questions can accomplish these same goals while teaching a critical lifelong skill.

Students have powerful things to say about education

826 National's new book, "Be Honest"

826 is proud to announce its new book, Be Honest, and Other Advice From Students Across the Country

It’s a compilation of student essays and letters with their insights into the classroom. Edited by co- founder of 826 Nínive Calegari, and with a foreword by singer-songwriter Neko Case, this book offers a fresh, youthful voice on American education - like these words from 14-year-old Chris Olivares of Los Angeles:

"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."

Pick up your copy here, or read more selections in our Writing Gallery.