TeachersConnect News

TeachersConnect to Become a Paid Membership Community

Changes Take Effect January 16th, 2020

Join for as little as $2/month

Like all great teachers, we know it’s important to pause for a few minutes each day to just listen–to students, to colleagues, to family. As 2019 rolled into 2020, we paused and listened–to you–as you described in interviews, emails, and surveys what you love about TeachersConnect. Here’s what you shared:

  

What You Love About TeachersConnect

  1. It’s relentlessly positive. Even when your colleagues are frustrated, even when they might want to vent, they don’t. They focus on solving problems and growing.
  2. It’s the most teacher-centric community on the Web. No banner ads, no spammers, no outsiders, no anonymous trolls.
  3. It feels like family. You routinely collide with a diverse group of educators just like you and the sparks ignite new ideas for your classroom.

The Future of TeachersConnect

When we asked how you want TeachersConnect to grow and improve, you gave us clear guidance. You want

  1. A way to earn CEUs and additional income as a teacher leader/learner
  2. Android and iOS apps with notifications that remind you to check TeachersConnect more frequently
  3. Faster ways to find the people and topics directly relevant to you

You’ve laid out a clear vision of the future for TeachersConnect, and we aim to deliver. 

What To Expect as We Transition to a Paid Community

Preserving the qualities you love and driving toward the future you’ve envisioned requires fiscal resources. Because of this, we’re making a change: On January 16th, 2020, TeachersConnect will become a paid membership community  (Note: Our “Special Status” members as of December 2019 will have the option to join for free*.). We get that you don’t have a whole lot of extra cash, so you can join for as little as $2/month. Why join? Because it’s the most uncompromisingly teacher-centric online community out there. TeachersConnect is: 

Moderated, safe, trustworthy 

No ads. No anonymous trolls

Only problem-solving teachers reaching more students each day

What You Need to Do

It’s really easy…When you log in to your TeachersConnect account after January 16th, 2020, you’ll see a new page where you’ll can select the payment option that suits you best: $3/month, $24/year, $50 for a lifetime!

Don’t miss out. We look forward to providing you with more skill, confidence, and joy each day on your teaching quest–all for the cost of a cup of coffee each month. As always, be in touch if you have questions, feedback, or ideas. 

See you in the community!

Dave Meyers

CEO, Co-founder, and Former Classroom Teacher

dave@teachersconnect.com

 

*“Special Status Members”: Some of you joined TeachersConnect through one of our community partners . Others of you are TeachersConnect Community Leaders and Trailblazers. Because of your special status, when you log in after January 15th, 2020, you will have the option to join for free. If you believe you should have been given the special option to join for free, send a note to dave@teachersconnect.com.

Every Question Needs an Answer!

It can take bravery to ask a question, even on a website full of people who want to be helpful. We are working to encourage that bravery by ensuring that every question gets at least one timely and thoughtful response. Want to lend a hand?

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Join our growing group of Rapid Responders, teachers who have volunteered to help us make sure that every question gets an answer. Just fill out this form to sign up and we will start emailing you twice a week to alert you to new questions. We know things in the life of a teacher are always busy, so you will never be under any obligation to respond. Together, we’re going to ensure that every teacher gets quick and helpful answers—and that teaching is never again a solo activity.

Pictures of the August Teachers of the Month

And the August Teachers of the Month are …

In July, TeachersConnect (TC) started recognizing the top six “Terrifically Trendy Teachers” (those who submitted the most engaging posts of the month) with a modest “recognition” gift card. We provide this recognition for the positive impact these posts have on the entire TC community. Engaging posts like these are the lifeblood of TeachersConnect and are critical to the health and success of the community. The gift card is a symbol of our appreciation of your contributions. You’re making a direct and enduring impact on the skill, confidence, and joy of TC teachers throughout the world.

We are awarding the recognition gift card to the top 6 trending posts as follows:

– $50 each to the top 2 teachers
– $25 each to the next 4 teachers

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this experiment, send a note with your feedback and ideas.

Here they are, your Teachers of the Month for July! Click on the links below to join the discussions and follow these leaders.

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And the July Teachers of the Month are …

Starting in July, TeachersConnect (TC) is recognizing the top six “Terrifically Trendy Teachers” (those who submitted the most engaging posts of the month) with a modest “recognition” gift card. We provide this recognition for the positive impact these posts have on the entire TC community. Engaging posts like these are the lifeblood of TeachersConnect and are critical to the health and success of the community. The gift card is a symbol of our appreciation of your contributions. You’re making a direct and enduring impact on the skill, confidence, and joy of TC teachers throughout the world.

Initially, we are awarding the recognition gift card to the top 6 trending posts as follows:

– $50 each to the top 2 teachers
– $25 each to the next 4 teachers

The top six are highlighted below in italics. If you’d like to share your thoughts on this experiment, send a note with your feedback and ideas.

Here they are, your Teachers of the Month for July! Click on the links below to join the discussions and follow these leaders.

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LIVE “Back-to-School Tips and Takeaways”: The First in Our Live Pop-Up PD Series

Experienced teachers know it: Get the first couple weeks right—with habits and routines—and you and your students will be in position for a year of success! Join this one-hour online session of camaraderie, energy, and a set of easy-to-implement takeaways that will make your first couple weeks feel sturdy, purposeful, and fun. Collaboration will continue on the TeachersConnect Community.

The one-hour gathering will include three 17-minute interactive sessions lead by three amazing facilitators. Each session is directly relevant to teachers in grades PK-12.

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What’s on TeachersConnect Today?!

Week of June 13th

Every week TeachersConnect is full of teachers asking great questions, sharing amazing resources, and discussing professional challenges. Learn about our teacher of the week and dig into a few of our popular recent posts!

Teacher of the Week: Laura Reid!


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May Teachers of the Month – Going Global

In May, we saw the TeachersConnect online community continue to grow, with participation from teachers in all 50 of the United States and more than 60 countries across the globe. Talk about getting diverse perspectives! Among of Teachers of the Month are international teachers like Tinie from Borneo and our long-time friends Volkan from Turkey and Tracy from Australia. In May, 22% of our participants were from outside the US. The top 15 counties after the US are Australia, Canada, Turkey, United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Nigeria, Jamaica, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Brunei, Ukraine, Spain, Philippines, and Malaysia. Welcome to the nearly 2,000 new teachers that have joined since May 1st! Thanks to everyone for your insights and professionalism!

Here they are, your Teachers of the Month for May! Click on the links below to join the discussions and follow these leaders.

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What’s on TeachersConnect Today?!

Week of May 31st

Every week TeachersConnect is full of teachers asking great questions, sharing amazing resources, and discussing professional challenges. Learn about our teacher of the week and dig into a few of our popular recent posts!

Teacher of the Week: Courtney Main!


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