Professional development on
productivity for schools
The club offers practical strategies to help teachers focus on what REALLY matters and be truly intentional about their use of instructional, contractual, and personal 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 is designed to address all these issues & more.Purchase individual or school licensing
What is the club?
Club members pay a one-time fee and have indefinite access to a full year course on 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.
Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Watson 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 5th 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 12 club modules supports teachers in a different focus area:
July: The Self-Running Classroom
Plan for a learning space where students will take ownership
August: Sustainable Systems
Be intentional about classroom organization management, and procedures
September: Effective Routines for Learning
Streamline small groups, student work habits, centers, and group work
October: Organizing & Prioritizing Tasks
How to decide what’s important, get it done, and let go of what’s not moving the needle
November: Lesson Planning
Plan meaningful, creative lessons that are engaging for students
December: Revamping Homework
Simplify homework systems so they work for parents and kids
January: Grading & Assessment
Use meaningful formative assessment techniques and improve grading practices
February: Parent Communication
Streamline parent communication to prevent problems and build rapport
March: Students, Not Scores
Increase student motivation and engagement, especially during test preparation
April: Work/Life Balance
Identify priorities to increase work/life balance and avoid burnout
May: Technology Timesavers
Eliminate digital clutter and discover how tech can streamline teaching and learning
June: Maximizing Summer
End the school year strong and plan a productive break to return refreshed and prepared in the fall
What does the data show about effectiveness?
Over 400 members who joined in January returned a survey 6 weeks later:
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.
"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."
"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 am finding this course to be just like when you are in church and you feel that the sermon is directed towards just you. 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."
"I love this club! Angela, with all the high quality work you have put into this course, you could have easily quadrupled the price. I haven't even used all the strategies yet and have still gotten more than my money's worth."
Individual licensing for membership is $119.99 and includes:
52 weeks of classroom-tested productivity strategies
provided in both 10-15 page PDF form and 20-30 minute audio messages every Saturday (all materials are released up front for school licensing)
Hundreds of dollars worth of printable teaching resources and templates
to help with data management, grading, lesson planning, and more
Access to a private 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 year to document participation for up to 104 continuing education hours
Special benefits for school licensing
Are 5 or more teachers from your school interested in joining the club?
If so, you can purchase school licensing to receive all benefits listed above, plus:
The ability to purchase at ANY time, not just during the 10 day period twice a year when individual members can join
A short overview video for staff introducing the club, explaining its benefits, and demonstrating how to utilize the membership site
Discussion questions for each month so teams can facilitate conversations about how to collaborate
Advanced access to all club materials for the year up front so faculty members can determine the best order to proceed
A 60 minute video training called, “Do Fewer Things, Better: How to Innovate with Intentionality” which can be used for flipped PD or played in a staff meeting to kick off the program
Monthly strategies for administrators to create a school culture that supports the principles of the club
School licensing is $149.99 per teacher, and can be secured via credit/debit card or purchase order. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 month and week you’re interested in, then download that week’s PDF or listen to the audio version. Here’s a 30 second preview of the site:
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
Each quarter, members take a week to 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
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.
How to purchase
The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is designed to be budget-friendly for teachers and schools so that as many educators as possible can benefit.
The full one year club membership is $119.99. All payments for individual memberships MUST be processed by July 7, 2017, in order for teachers to join with the July cohort. The fee can be paid via credit card, debit card, check, or purchase order. The course will not be offered again until January 2018, so be sure to submit payment for summer enrollment in a timely manner.
School licensing is $149.99 per teacher, and includes access to all materials for the entire program up front, as well as discussion questions for each month, professional development videos, and monthly strategies to create a productive school culture. School licensing can be purchased 365 days a year, since it includes access to all modules and can be implemented at any time. These licenses are individual and 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@example.com for school licensing and purchase order information.