Best Practices

Publishing student work is an essential part of 826’s approach to writing education. It not only provides an opportunity for students to see their ideas reflected and valued in a tangible way that amplifies their voices to new and diverse audiences, but also increases their confidence and pride in themselves and their writing as they begin to see themselves as authors with words worth reading. We’ve seen that publishing student writing is beneficial, and the research agrees. However, although teachers see value in student publications, our own research shows that the majority of teachers are not publishing or sharing student writing. This report first explores why publishing student writing is so essential to writing education, and then dives deeply into 826’s unique approach to student publication, sharing best practices and students’ own thoughts on being published.

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