40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club Reviews

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Wished I could have done this a different year

Other teachers should know that emails to Angela Watson will go unanswered. This club did not work for me this year since I took a long leave of absence to care for my young children while schools were closed. I had to make this decision later than I would have like and missed the deadline for a refund by a day or 2. The program was entirely useless to me and I wish that I could have joined a different cohort. I sent two emails to Angela Watson and didn’t get a response to either of them. Rules are rules I suppose. I thought that some flexibility and grace could have been given in light of the insane teaching and life conditions we experienced this year.

  1. Hi, Virginia! I’m so glad you tagged me in the Facebook group this week about this issue so I’m aware of it! ​We respond to all emails within 24 hours, so if you ever contact us and don’t get a reply, assume that our response was blocked by your school email server or there was another tech glitch, and try reaching out through the program’s FB group or my social account.

    I know this past year was super unpredictable, and that’s why we extended our refund period through Sept 15th (instead of August 15th, which is the usual date.) We actually kept the Sept 15th cutoff date again this year. The standard period for refunds in online courses is 30 days, so I think this is a generous and reasonable amount of time—you have 3 full months of materials plus all the bonuses at that point, so you should have a pretty good idea about whether the program is relevant for you.

    Most importantly, please know (as I said in our FB conversation) I hope you won’t think of the money as waste, because you never lose access! If you wish you’d enrolled this year…you can totally work through the materials now month by month. We can even send you the weekly emails all over again if you want.

Just get your work done

The program is not useful. It is useful to some planning in the summer so you are ahead of the game. Use an electronic plan book, and adjust based on lesson outcomes so you have a skeleton to start off the next year.

Caveats–not for everyone!

There’s a wealth of good ideas here, but honestly, few were applicable to my context. I wrote the author about this a few weeks in. You don’t get a refund, so I’d say if you teach in high school and/ or in an independent school, most of this will not be useful to you, sadly. We have very different issues.

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this! Like most classes/courses, there is a cut-off point for how long you are able withdraw and get your money back. Our refund policy in place through August 15th, which gives you around 6-10 weeks to see if the club is a good fit, depending on what date you joined.

    I would encourage you to share more about your teaching situation in the Secondary Facebook Group. There are thousands of high school teachers in there who are successfully utilizing these strategies, and I am confident we can help you figure out some ways to begin streamlining. It’s definitely not too late, and I want you to feel like you’re getting the support you need. If you haven’t yet been added to the Facebook group, email us at and we’ll get you in there to start collaborating.

    I am confident that there is nothing so unique about your teaching context that all the club strategies will be completely useless for you. EVERY teacher can simplify and streamline–it’s just a matter of tapping into the strategies that are right for YOU. We are here to support you in that!