Professional development on productivity

40 Hour Fast Track is a 6 week program to help teachers be truly intentional with their time

How can the club 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 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 over 31,000 teachers.

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What is 40 Hour Fast Track?

Fast Track members pay a one-time fee and have indefinite access to a online course in productivity, including personalized support.

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

Members have 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 club is best for grades K-12 general education teachers in the United States, the materials are not tied to a specific curriculum or set of standards. Club resources are designed to be applicable to teachers’ work throughout their careers, no matter what grade level or subject area they teach.

The research behind the club

The club was developed by Angela Watson, a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years experience in the classroom and 8 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 four books for teachers, and offers a weekly podcast called Truth for Teachers. Click here to learn more about her work.

Watson created the club to address the teacher attrition crisis, and support dedicated yet exhausted teachers in maintaining their enthusiasm for the profession. The club is 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 of the 6 Fast Track modules supports teachers in a different focus area, beginning Jan 4th and ending the week of Feb 8th:


Week 1: Create a Sustainable Work Schedule

Choose a target number of hours to work and allocate those hours in a way that works for YOU


Week 2: Reduce and Prioritize Tasks

Experiment with personalizing a system for list-making so that your priorities get accomplished each week


Week 3: Get Papers, Digital Files, and Lesson Materials Organized

Discover easy systems that help you stay organized all year and reduce clutter


Week 4: Set Up Intuitive Systems for a Self-Running Classroom

Learn how to tweak your existing procedures to give kids more ownership, and make daily routines efficient and effective.


Week 5: Simplify Your Lesson Planning Process

Stop spending hours reinventing the wheel: you’ll learn practical ways to create meaningful, creative lessons more quickly.


Week 6: Streamline Grading and Assessment

Discover more productivity strategies that save you time, reduce grading, and provide better insight about student learning.

What does the data show about effectiveness?

Over 400 members who joined The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club in January 2017 returned our survey after 6 weeks in the program:

choose to continue using the club resources

began trimming 3 or more hours off their workweek

89% were quite or very satisfied with their investment in the club
88% were very or highly likely to recommend the club to other teachers
70% said their productivity level had increased
79% said they were achieving better work-life balance
66% said their stress level had improved
65% said their attitude toward their job had improved
60% said their effectiveness as a teacher had improved

Members experienced these results within their first 6 weeks of joining, and results increase as they continue the program. 92% of members report a reduction in unnecessary work hours & increased productivity by graduation.

What makes the club an effective PD option?

Easy-to-use membership site

Each teacher has an individual login and password. Simply click to the topic/week you’re interested in, then download that week’s PDF or listen to the audio version.

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.

Self-reflection and improvement tools

A PD log is provided to help members document their progress and reflect on how their teaching has changed.

Collaboration and coaching through an online PLN

Club members have 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.

Documentation of learning for professional development credits

Members typically spend 1-2 hours per week reflecting on their teaching practice and planning ways to improve. Since this is a 6 week program, a certificate for up to 20 continuing education hours can be issued.

How are teachers using the club to prevent burnout?

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

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

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

Lizzy is saving 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

Katy learned to prioritize tasks & maximize instructional time to make every moment count

Tracey R.

"Joining this group was more than worth it. It is literally one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I was so close to burnout before. For those who want to enjoy teaching, the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek club deserves a chance. It helped ME love this job again, so I know that can happen for anyone."

Cary S.

"I just can't begin to tell you what a difference this course has already made in my teaching. Even if I don't work a single minute less than I have in the past, I am confident that the strategies I am learning will make me a more effective teacher. I have been to countless PD offerings in my 23 years teaching and have presented at the district, regional, state and national level but have not ever had PD that was so relevant and real world as this. Thanks again for sharing your gift with us and making us all more effective educators."

Each teacher who is enrolled in the program receives…


6 weeks of classroom-tested productivity strategies
provided in both 12-28 page PDF form and 30-50 minute audio messages every Saturday


Over $100 dollars worth of printable teaching resources and templates
to help with data management, grading, lesson planning, and more


Access to a private Facebook elementary or secondary Facebook group
where trained coaches, club graduates, and hundreds of teacher-members answer questions, offer support, and encourage one another


A professional development certificate
at the end of the course to document participation for up to 20 continuing education hours

How to purchase

Group licensing for schools is available for ANY number of teachers. It’s payable 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

We do not offer discounts for high volume orders on this particular course.

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.