How to join the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek at no cost to you!

The 40 Hour program provides professional development on productivity. It’s a year long program full of practical strategies (for teachers, by teachers) to help you reduce your workload and save time.

Everything you need to streamline and simplify your workload as a K-12 teacher

Clear, Actionable Steps

You’ll get 52 weeks of classroom-tested productivity ideas in both PDF and audio podcast form. We’ll go step-by-step through each focus area. Choose just a few ideas each month, & watch as small changes add up to big results!

Positive, Supportive Community

You can finally stop reinventing the wheel! The club’s coaches + thousands of other teachers will share ideas, answer your questions, and provide encouragement and accountability. You’ll never have to do this alone!

Printables & Templates

More than $350 worth of forms and teacher resources are included. Some are club-exclusive; others are curated from the best of the digital marketplace so you don’t have to spend time + money searching them out.

Free Bonus Materials

3 additional trainings are available as soon as you join. Many members say these resources were the key to better work/life balance.

PD Certificate

Use our professional development log to track your learning if you’d like. After the yearlong program is over, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. You can receive credit for up to 104 continuing education units (CEUs.)

Ongoing Support Indefinitely

You’ll keep your access to the membership site AND the discussion community when the course is over at no charge! Revisit the resources and get support even as a club graduate, so you can maintain your new habits permanently.

40 Hour is about finding a better way to teach that is actually sustainable.

I'm Angela, and I founded the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program back in 2015.

I've spent 11 years as a classroom teacher and over a decade more as an instructional coach and educational consultant. I designed this program based on what worked for me as a teacher, and spent years refining the strategies based on what I've observed through supporting club members.

Together, we are proving that you CAN be a great teacher without sacrificing everything for the job. There IS a more sustainable approach to this work, so you can keep doing what you love, without burning out.

When you join the 40 Hour Full Year program this summer, I personally guarantee that you will feel less overwhelmed and more organized, AND you’ll set up systems that help you trim hours off your workweek right away.

If not, send us an email by Sept. 15th, and we will refund your entire payment. You have nothing to lose.

Angela Watson

Founder of The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek

Thinking about joining, but not sure if it's in the budget?

Here are 5 alternative ways to join WITHOUT paying the cost yourself:

1. Obtain Funding Through DonorsChoose

40 Hour has been approved as a professional development source with DonorsChoose since 2017. If you teach in a public school in the United States, you can create what’s called a “special project” and solicit donations for PD just like you would for any other DonorsChoose request.

The project must be fully funded by August 30th, 2023, in order for you to join with the July cohort. You can access information about the research behind the club and its impact on teacher effectiveness in order to help you explain the purpose of your project and obtain funding.

Click below to see some examples of how teachers have worded their projects and gotten them completely funded:

When you're ready, get started with DonorsChoose here.

2. Use a Gift Certificate

We have quite a few members who received their membership as a present. Parents, spouses, partners, and even friends pooled their money together in an effort to help their loved ones feel less stress and have more time. A few of these members didn’t even request the gift–their significant others saw the club advertisement and decided they wanted their partners to have a life again!

Sponsoring a membership is simple—and it’s an awesome gift for teacher appreciation, student teachers, college graduation gifts, goodbye gifts for colleagues who are transferring to other schools, and so on. 

If you have a birthday or other important life event coming up, you can make gift-giving simple for your family/friends, and say you want the gift of TIME with them more than anything else. A gift certificate to the club can help make that happen.

Just have the gift giver use this page to complete a form and enter payment information. Our team will contact you (or whoever the gift recipient is) with login and membership info.

3. Apply for a Scholarship

To help ensure that financial need doesn’t prevent a deserving teacher from joining the club, we awarding 20 applicants full scholarships to the program for every cohort.

To apply, you simply create a video (no longer than 3 minutes) telling us who you are and why you want to be part of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. This does not have to be super formal or professional—just be yourself, and keep it short.

Our team will then review the videos, and you will be contacted by June 1st if you have been awarded a scholarship.

The official application period each year is between May 1st-20th, so add a reminder in your calendar to apply next year.

 Learn more here.

4. Access unused school funds for professional development this fiscal year.

See if your school has unused PD funds that must be spent by June 30th (the end of the fiscal year). There may be money for professional development right now that wouldn’t normally be available. We’ll make sure the invoice shows a May or June date, and get you enrolled before the fiscal year ends. You can use this sample letter to your admin to explain the program.

5. Request PD for support next school year and pay via school purchase order.

Ask your admin about enrolling in online PD for the coming school year to support you in the new teaching expectations. Even with budget cuts, there is always funding allocated to PD that must be used for only that purpose. Most districts are prioritizing online PD, and 40 Hour is one of the most affordable options available.

Also let your admin know about our 40 Hour Leadership program for administrators and 40 Hour Instructional Coaching. These resources are designed to work with the teacher program to build a shared vocabulary and vision school-wide, and shift school culture to focus on productivity and wellbeing.

    Either you or a school representative can use our School Payments page to purchase a membership anytime using purchase order, check, or credit card. Learn more about purchase orders and school payments here.

    Join over 52,000 teachers who have used these strategies

    The club was established in 2015, and now has over 700 five star reviews from teachers like you. Here are some of their stories:

    Jake Miller

    Jake refocused on best teaching practices that were affirmed & gained more family time.


    Andrea got organized & created efficient systems so she could finally work ahead.a


    Johnathan saw kids take more ownership as he gained time for hobbies & wellness.

    Lizzy Neiger

    Lizzy gained 10 hours a week & feels like a better teacher, wife, and mom because she’s less stressed.


    T. got the support she needed to let go of perfectionism & overwhelm at her own pace.


    The 40 Hour program can help you transition from the “old normal” into a way of teaching's that's truly BETTER than normal.

    You don't have to dread another school year of constant overwhelm and exhaustion. We’ll help you figure out a better way to manage your workload, create more productive habits, and be truly intentional about how you use your time.

    The ideas are designed to help you simplify throughout your teaching career — no matter what or where you teach — and provide a resource bank and community that give you support indefinitely. 

    Yep — you keep your access to all the materials AND the discussion community even after you complete the program!

    Learn more about the course here