Our Misson + History

THE TEACHER SALARY PROJECT is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness around the impact of our national policy of underpaying and under-valuing educators. We are committed to working with everyone in the country to ensure teaching becomes the prestigious, desirable, financially viable, and the professionally exciting job we all know it needs to be.
The project encompasses a feature-length documentary film, an online resource, and a national outreach campaign that delves into the core of our schools as seen through the eyes and experiences of our nation’s teachers.

This project is based on The New York Times bestselling book Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers by journalist and teacher Daniel Moulthrop, co-founder of 826 National and former classroom teacher Nínive Calegari, and writer Dave Eggers.

Our film, American Teacher was produced by Calegari and Eggers—produced and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, and narrated by Matt Damon.

We Tell Teachers’ Stories

We Impact Legislation

We Share Research

Teachers Have It Easy provides a punchy, thoughtful look at the issues surrounding teacher salaries in the public school system. And while it is openly biased on the subject-the authors see salary reform as the best way to ameliorate many of the problems facing America’s public schools-this bias never compromises its even-handed consideration of the current debate. In part, this is because the authors wisely ground the book in the words and experiences of teachers themselves.

Our Feature Film

Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system—the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country.