A step-by-step system that trains teachers to be truly intentional with their instructional, contractual, and personal time
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.
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!
All members get personalized ongoing support. The club’s coaches + thousands of other teachers will share ideas, answer questions, and provide encouragement and accountability.
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.
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.
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.)
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 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.
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.
Remote/hybrid teaching bonuses are provided for each topics, to address those specific challenges.
Plan for a learning space where students will take ownership.
|Core Concept||Design a classroom that facilitates productivity|
|Extension 1||Plan procedures for a smooth first week|
|Extension 2||Automate and delegate tasks through classroom jobs|
|Extension 3||Organize a stress-free Open House or Back to School night|
Be intentional about your organization, procedures, class culture & more
|Core Concept||Establish productive daily routines for you and your students|
|Extension 1||Designate an easily-accessible spot for every paper in your classroom|
|Extension 2||Create a sustainable work schedule for back-to-school and beyond|
|Extension 3||Build a healthy class culture focused on productivity and wellbeing|
Easy ways to manage email, document interventions, and keep families in the loop
|Core Concept||Streamline communication with admin, colleagues, and families|
|Extension 1||Track, document, and communicate about behavior and intervention|
|Extension 2||Redesign parent conferences to be more efficient and effective|
|Extension 3||Establish boundaries and set realistic expectations with families|
Practical ways to create meaningful, creative lessons more quickly
|Core Concept||Simplify your planning to create better lessons more quickly|
|Extension 1||Plan holistically in advance to feel more prepared each day|
|Extension 2||Co-plan and leverage the experience of other teachers|
|Extension 3||Reduce planning for differentiation with replicable routines|
Systems that will save you time and provide better insight about student learning
|Core Concept||Streamline grading and make assessment more meaningful|
|Extension 1||Reduce the time it takes to score student work|
|Extension 2||Assess student writing more efficiently and effectively|
|Extension 3||Find creative ways to informally assess and monitor student progress|
Empower students to complete their work and turn it in on time
|Core Concept||Strengthen student work habits and differentiate for individual work paces|
|Extension 1||Empower students to take charge of re-takes, late work, and missing work|
|Extension 2||Simplify homework systems to protect your time, class time, and kids’ time|
|Extension 3||Increase homework completion with meaningful assignments and incentives|
Revamp routines mid-year to build rapport and increase motivation
|Core Concept||Revisit expectations and reboot routines for kids’ changing needs|
|Extension 1||Strengthen rapport and relationships even when you’re busy|
|Extension 2||Problem solve through class meetings and restorative circles|
|Extension 3||Make test prep more meaningful, and testing less stressful|
Maximize instructional time and eliminate time-wasters
|Core Concept||Maximize instructional time and reduce time-wasters|
|Extension 1||Speed up transitions and refocus students more quickly|
|Extension 2||Systematize collaborative learning and group work|
|Extension 3||Simplify centers and stations for student-directed learning|
Identify priorities and bring your life into alignment with long-term goals
|Core Concept||Refine your work habits to protect your time off|
|Extension 1||Give yourself permission to relax and turn off your mind at night|
|Extension 2||Align your life with priorities and long-term goals|
|Extension 3||Uncover more time by eliminating, automating, and delegating|
Discover the best tools & tips to streamline teaching and learning
|Core Concept||Develop new approaches to solve your biggest tech issues|
|Extension 1||Overcome digital clutter and create efficient email habits|
|Extension 2||Simplify your search for the best tech tools and apps|
|Extension 3||Cultivate a collection of go-to sites & apps for student skill practice|
Finish the school year on a high note with a stress-free classroom closeout
|Core Concept||Finish on a high note with a stress-free classroom closeout|
|Extension 1||Create an effective system for packing up and moving classrooms|
|Extension 2||Overcome procrastination when you’re overwhelmed with tasks|
|Extension 3||Contemplate and prepare for the job you want in the fall|
Make the most of your break to get organized at home and rejuvenate for fall
|Core Concept||Plan for summer priorities to maximize your break|
|Extension 1||Implement “The Big Five” tips for productivity at home|
|Extension 2||Develop home habits and organization systems that simplify your life|
|Extension 3||Track your time and energy to rejuvenate for fall|
We survey members after 6 weeks in the program. More than 2,500 teachers returned our most recent survey, reporting the following results:
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!)
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.
Each quarter, teachers take a week to document their progress and reflect on how their teaching has changed.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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