Online professional development for teacher productivity

A step-by-step system that trains teachers to be truly intentional with their instructional, contractual, and personal time

We're the leading PD provider for teacher wellbeing & time management

How can 40 Hour help teachers at YOUR school?

  • Is your faculty in need of a serious morale boost?
  • Are your teachers overwhelmed, exhausted, and struggling to balance all their responsibilities?
  • Do you need to offer teachers support in adjusting to the "new normal" for the coming school year? 
  • Do you want faculty to have the energy and focus to give 100% to students every day?
  • Would you like teachers to have explicit training in organization, task prioritization, and time management?
  • Do you need practical PD for streamlining lesson planning, parent communication, grading, and tech integration?

    The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club has been the solution to these issues & more for teachers in 27,000+ schools.

    What is 40 Hour?

    A one-time fee provides indefinite access to an online course in productivity, including personalized support.

    The goal is NOT for teachers to work 40 hours a week, but rather, to choose a target number that is realistic for them, and be intentional about staying focused on things that are most beneficial to students.

    We give teachers ongoing support in changing their mindset and habits, so they can innovate rather than doing things the way they’ve always been done.

    Though the program is best for K-12 general education teachers in the United States, the materials are not tied to a specific curriculum or set of standards.

    Our resources are designed to be applicable to teachers’ work throughout their careers, no matter what grade level or subject area they teach.

    Everything your school needs to streamline and simplify the K-12 teacher workload

    Clear, Actionable Steps

    Teachers get 12 months (52 modules) of classroom-tested productivity ideas in both PDF and audio podcast form. We’ll go step-by-step through each focus area. Teachers choose ideas relevant to them, & watch as small changes add up to big results!

    Positive, Supportive Community

    All members get personalized ongoing support. The club’s coaches + thousands of other teachers will share ideas, answer questions, and provide encouragement and accountability.

    Printable Forms & Templates

    More than $350 worth of forms and templates are included to help teachers organize data, communication, and more. Some are club-exclusive; others are curated from the best of the digital marketplace so teachers don't have to create from scratch.

    Free Bonus Materials

    A self-care video training, list-making system, and The Big 5 Tips for Teacher Productivity are available as soon as teachers join so they can jump start their results right away.

    PD Certificate

    Teachers can use our professional development log to track their learning. After the yearlong course is over, they'll receive a certificate of completion. We will verify credit for up to 104 continuing education units (CEUs.)

    Ongoing Support Indefinitely

    Teachers keep their access to the learning portal AND the discussion community when the course is over at no charge! They can revisit the resources and get support anytime, in order to maintain their new habits permanently.

    The research behind 40 Hour

    The program was developed by Angela Watson, a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years experience in the classroom and 12 years experience as an instructional coach and educational consultant. Watson has been supporting teachers online and sharing resources on her website (The Cornerstone) since 2003.

    She is a widely renowned keynote speaker, has published 5 books for teachers, and offers a weekly podcast called Truth for Teachers. Click here to learn more about her work.

    Watson created the program in 2015 to address the teacher attrition crisis, and offer support to dedicated yet exhausted teachers so they can maintain their enthusiasm for the profession. The resources are based on years of Watson’s work researching productivity strategies for teachers and testing them out in classrooms across the country.

    Now welcoming it’s 10th cohort, the club is continually improving with teacher input and feedback. Three committees of graduated members have joined the 40HTW Team and help update the materials and keep them current.

    Each month, teachers get support in adapting to changing expectations

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

    All materials will be adapted for current educational needs. Our current plan is below, but the exact resources provided for each month’s topic are subject to change. For example, “Organize a Stress-Free Open House” will likely be included, but will be updated with ways to hold the event with safe social distancing, as well as ways to host it virtually.

    We will wait to make final decisions about the content of each month’s resources until the month prior, to ensure everything is relevant to rapidly changing pandemic conditions.

    Core ConceptDesign a classroom that facilitates productivity
    Extension 1Plan procedures for a smooth first week
    Extension 2Automate and delegate tasks through classroom jobs
    Extension 3Organize a stress-free Open House or Back to School night
    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

    What does the data show about effectiveness?

    Over 7,000 members enrolled in the program in 2019. More than 2,500 returned our survey after 8 weeks in the program:

    85%

    stated their productivity level had increased

    94%

    were quite or very satisfied with the program

    79%

    believed their effectiveness as an educator improved

    98%

    were likely to recommend the program

    What makes 40 Hour an effective online PD option?

    1. Easy-to-use course portal

    Each teacher has an individual login and password. Simply click to the topic you’re interested in, then download the PDF or listen to the audio version. Here’s a 30 second preview of the site. (NOTE: We've recently updated the site format--check this space soon to see the new look!)

    2. Customized professional development

    Members are guided step-by-step as they examine every aspect of their work in order to streamline and systematize. They are encouraged to read (or listen to) a variety of strategies and select one which meets their needs and their students’ needs.

    3. Self-reflection and improvement tools

    Each quarter, teachers take a week to document their progress and reflect on how their teaching has changed.

    4. Collaboration and coaching through an online PLN

    Teachers receive a high quality Personal Learning Network included with their membership: they can check into a private Facebook group to ask questions and share resources. There is a group for elementary teachers and one for secondary teachers. Specific discussions related to the week’s productivity strategies are also held within the group.

    5. Documentation of learning for professional development credits

    A PD log is provided to support teachers in documenting both work completed and results. Members typically spend up to 2 hours per week reflecting on their teaching practice and planning ways to improve. Since this is a 52 week program, a certificate for up to 104 continuing education hours can be issued.

    40 Hour is preventing burnout and attrition

    The program was established in 2015, and now has over 500 five star reviews from teachers around the world. Here are some of their stories:

    Jake Miller

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


    Andrea

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

    Johnathan

    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.

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

    Yes! Forever. Really.

    Pay once. Learn forever.

    Your teachers never lose access to the resources, even once the course ends. And because the program is focused on teachers' mindset and habits (not their grade level or subject area), they can keep applying the strategies throughout their career, no matter what grades or subjects they might teach later on.

    One-time payment

    $149

    Generate a purchase order here to pay by credit card. Checks are accepted for 5 or more licenses.

    How to purchase

    You can purchase licensing for any number of teachers via credit/debit card or check. To begin the process of creating a purchase order (you can pay immediately or later), click the button below.


    Additional purchasing info for school representatives

    Our PD is priced to be more cost-effective than any other online professional development. For this reason, we only offer discounts for orders of 30 teachers or more.

    All licenses are non-transferrable, meaning your teachers keep their access to the membership site and discussion community no matter what or where they teach in future years. If you bring more staff on board (either for the current school year, or in future school years) and wish to purchase additional licenses, you can do that at any time.

    Please contact [email protected] for assistance, including the completion of W9 forms and other paperwork.

    Or, get started with the purchase order process using the payment buttons above.