There IS a more sustainable way to teach.

The average teacher is contracted to work around 40 hours a week. Our systems help you maximize those hours, so you're not working endlessly on nights and weekends. 

Enrollment begins each July, and the new cohort is now underway.

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Do these statements sound familiar?

"I love teaching, but it consumes every spare minute of my time."

"The work is never finished, and it never feels like I've done enough."

"I worry that the changes this fall are going to create even more work."

"Something has to change."

You are not alone.

The teaching workload seems to be increasing every year, but you DON'T have to figure out ways to navigate it all on your own. 40 Hour is designed to help you find ways to take control of your time AND do a great job for kids.

Everything you need to streamline and simplify your workload as a K-12 matter what's happening this year!

Clear, Actionable Steps

You’ll get 12 months of classroom-tested productivity ideas in both PDF and audio form so you can read or listen. 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

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

PD Certificate

Use our PD 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 professional development hours.

Ongoing Support Indefinitely

You’ll keep your access to the membership site AND the Facebook community/message boards 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.

Work through the resources each month whenever it's convenient

There's no deadline and no assignments to submit unless your district requires it. Just follow these 3 simple steps to get results:

Each month, login to the site and find new resources organized into Core Concepts and 3 optional extensions

Skim over the Core Concepts PDF (or listen to the audio) to learn a variety of strategies, habits, and mindset shifts

Choose a few ideas to experiment with, using the optional extensions anytime you want to go deeper

Use only what's most relevant for YOU

The average teacher joining the program works 62 hours per week. In our survey 6 weeks after joining, the average teacher reports a typical workweek of 51 hours.

That's a savings of 11 hours weekly and over 500 hours per school year!

What could YOU do with an extra


hours per week?

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Get ongoing support throughout each season of the school year

You don't need to change everything at once. We'll tackle one aspect of your work each month, so you have plenty of time to experiment and bounce ideas off your cohort members.

Core ConceptDesign a school/home space that facilitates productivity
Extension 1Plan procedures for a smooth first week
Extension 2Automate and delegate tasks through classroom jobs
Extension 3Organize a stress-free parent orientation (Open House)
Core ConceptEstablish productive daily routines for you and your students
Extension 1Designate an easily-accessible spot for every paper in your classroom
Extension 2Create a sustainable work schedule for back-to-school and beyond
Extension 3Build a healthy class culture focused on productivity and wellbeing
Core ConceptStreamline communication with admin, colleagues, and families
Extension 1Track, document, and communicate about behavior and intervention
Extension 2Redesign parent conferences to be more efficient and effective
Extension 3Establish boundaries and set realistic expectations with families
Core ConceptSimplify your planning to create better lessons more quickly
Extension 1Plan holistically in advance to feel more prepared each day
Extension 2Co-plan and leverage the experience of other teachers
Extension 3Reduce planning for differentiation with replicable routines
Core ConceptStreamline grading and make assessment more meaningful
Extension 1Reduce the time it takes to score student work
Extension 2Assess student writing more efficiently and effectively
Extension 3Find creative ways to informally assess and monitor student progress
Core ConceptStrengthen student work habits and differentiate for individual work paces
Extension 1Empower students to take charge of re-takes, late work, and missing work
Extension 2Simplify homework systems to protect your time, class time, and kids’ time
Extension 3Increase homework completion with meaningful assignments and incentives
Core ConceptRevisit expectations and reboot routines for kids’ changing needs
Extension 1Strengthen rapport and relationships even when you’re busy
Extension 2Problem solve through class meetings and restorative circles
Extension 3Make test prep more meaningful, and testing less stressful
Core ConceptMaximize instructional time and reduce time-wasters
Extension 1Speed up transitions and refocus students more quickly
Extension 2Systematize collaborative learning and group work
Extension 3Simplify centers and stations for student-directed learning
Core ConceptRefine your work habits to protect your time off
Extension 1Give yourself permission to relax and turn off your mind at night
Extension 2Align your life with priorities and long-term goals
Extension 3Uncover more time by eliminating, automating, and delegating
Core ConceptDevelop new approaches to solve your biggest tech issues
Extension 1Overcome digital clutter and create efficient email habits
Extension 2Simplify your search for the best tech tools and apps
Extension 3Cultivate a collection of go-to sites & apps for student skill practice
Core ConceptFinish on a high note with a stress-free classroom closeout
Extension 1Create an effective system for packing up and moving classrooms
Extension 2Overcome procrastination when you’re overwhelmed with tasks
Extension 3Contemplate and prepare for the job you want in the fall
Core ConceptPlan for summer priorities to maximize your break
Extension 1Implement “The Big Five” tips for productivity at home
Extension 2Develop home habits and organization systems that simplify your life
Extension 3Track your time and energy to rejuvenate for fall
No ongoing fees!

Pay once. Access forever.

You never lose access to the resources you paid for. And because 40 Hour is focused on YOUR mindset and habits (not your grade level or subject area), you can keep applying the strategies throughout your career, no matter what or where you might teach later on.

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Save money by paying up front, with no further charges, ever.

Payment plan


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Split the cost into 3 monthly payments. Total price - $156

A new cohort just kicked off in July.

Want to join us?

Get results or your money back.

I'm confident that you will feel more prepared for back-to-school and less stressed as soon as you begin using the resources this summer. If the program isn't a good fit for any reason, send me an email by Sept. 15th, and I’ll refund your entire payment.

You don't have to pay out of pocket!

1. Raise funds with DonorsChoose. 40 Hour is approved as a professional development provider with DonorsChoose. 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.

Learn more here.

2. Request a gift certificate. Sponsoring a membership is simple, and it’s an awesome gift for teacher appreciation. If you have a birthday or other important life event coming up, you can make gift-giving simple for your family/friends.

Learn more here.

3. Ask your admin about the PD budget for supporting you with new teaching expectations. Public schools receive funding each year that must be allocated for professional development. 40 Hour is one of the most affordable, comprehensive options and is updated for COVID-19 changes. You can pay with a purchase order or school check/credit card even after the July 15th cutoff.

Learn more here.

Let your principal know about our NEW leadership program for administrators and instructional coach system! These tools are designed to work with the teacher program to shift expectations school-wide and create a healthy, productive school culture.

Join over 42,000 teachers who have used these strategies

The club was established in 2015, and now has over 600 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.


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.

You WILL get results.

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

I've spent 11 years as a classroom teacher and 12 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 else 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 program this summer, I personally guarantee that you will feel less stressed and overwhelmed, and more prepared and organized. And, you’ll begin setting up systems that enable you trim 10+ hours off your workweek.

If not, send us an email by Sept 15th, and we'll refund your entire payment, so you have nothing to lose.

Angela Watson

Founder of The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek

Still not sure if 40 Hour Full Year is right for you?

Here are the 5 most common questions teachers ask us when deciding whether to join:

Over 42,000 K-12 teachers have successfully used these materials to help them conquer overwhelm and reduce their work hours.

Only 2.5% of teachers who join later request a refund.

That’s because the club is about your mindset and your habits, not what or where you teach. You can take what you learn through the club and apply it in ANY job for as many years as you’re in the classroom.

The best way to find out if the club will work for YOU is to jump in with both feet and give it a shot. Immerse yourself in the community and try out some of the strategies.

Join us and check out the resources. You’ll be able to tell right away if Full Year is a good fit. If it’s not, there’s nothing to lose. Send me an email by Sept. 15th and I’ll refund your entire payment.

Nope. 40 is the number of contractual hours many educators are required to work.

Our systems help you maximize those hours, so you're not working endlessly on nights and weekends.

We conquer overwhelm right away so that you’ll have the energy and mental bandwidth to follow through on systems to get organized, streamline routines, give kids ownership of the classroom, and be truly intentional about how you use your instructional, contractual, and personal time.

THAT’S the real benefit of the club, and it’s the process which makes it possible to work fewer hours.

Each month, we'll give you a plan for simplifying ONE aspect of your teaching, plus 3 optional extensions.

You can use as many or as few strategies as you’d like—just a few small tweaks to your mindset and daily routines in that one area will start moving the needle, so you’ll feel relief from overwhelm immediately.

Jump in and out of the resources whenever it’s convenient for you. Some teachers read over them with a cup of coffee on Saturday mornings, others listen to the audio version during their Monday morning commutes.

There’s no pressure to “do it all.” Use only the ideas and printables that seem most relevant to your teaching context.

You can always come back to anything you skipped later, as you’ll keep your access to all these materials for the rest of your teaching career (at no extra cost!)

We completely revamped the program and updated each module in the 2020-2021 school year, so everything is current.

Whether you’ll be teaching remotely, working on a staggered schedule, using a hybrid model, or some other new won’t have to figure out what next school year is going to look like on your own.

This program will connect you with emerging best practices and a community of other teachers who are committed to being truly intentional with their time and staying focused on what matters most.

The July 2021 cohort is also going to get all the “regular” materials which are designed for face-to-face instruction, so you can utilize them whenever they’re relevant.

That’s because this program is designed to help you simplify throughout your teaching career — no matter what or where or how you teach later on.

Our Full Year program always begins in July, so we can offer you ongoing support throughout the entire school year, from start to finish.

The next start date after the July 2021 cohort will not be until July 2022.

More time for gardening or painting?
That’s the real question!

Don't settle for survival mode.

We'll give you the practical support needed to create a SUSTAINABLE and MANAGEABLE approach to your work.

Want to see a sneak peek of what you'll get?