This is a virtual space that understands the needs of teachers and the importance of resilient educators. With content and resources created by real educators with real experience.
You’ll find everything from how to arrange your classroom for maximum creativity, how to find professional development resources, how to de-stress and maintain your sanity during the school year, and more! You’ll find articles that warm your heart, and others that hopefully make you laugh. You’ll explore topics like inclusive education, instructional design, STEM and STEAM, trauma and resilience, early childhood education, and other teaching concepts. You’ll learn about career options, teaching degrees and certificates, education conferences, etc.
you’ll find resources gathered by passionate people who believe education can
change lives—and that the health and safety of our students is a critical part
There’s a lot to explore. As an educator, your time is precious and we understand. Therefore, we have created a virtual “map” of our website. Think of this section as a portal to other areas of our virtual space.
Let’s face it: teaching during the pandemic is probably on top of your mind. We present online activity worksheets, self-care tips, and strategies for educating traumatized students.
There’s more to a career in education besides teaching and classes. Browse Teaching Careers to discover possible job paths inside and outside the classroom. If you need to research certification requirements for another state, peruse our Teaching License area. If you’re thinking about furthering your education credentials, use our Teaching Degrees area to find the right degree or certificate. Wanting to attend a conference or seminar? Research upcoming Education Conferences. And if you’re wondering about how to educate yourself about the trauma-informed approach, check out professional development tips.
Dr. Mary Jane Pearson’s unique credentials as a teacher educator include chairing the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), the largest educator licensing agency in the U.S., during which she co-authored the research on beginning teacher support and assessment that has become the worldwide standard for the support of new teachers, known as the Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment Induction Program (BTSA Induction). In addition, Dr. Pearson was appointed by the U.S. president to serve as the regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education. In recognition of her service to education, Dr. Pearson was named California Teacher Educator of the Year. Dr. Pearson earned her PhD from the University of Kansas.
Darri Stephens is a former member of Teach for America and a seasoned educator, with more than 10 years’ experience in Los Angeles and New York City public schools. She’s a published author, who has also worked for education-focused media companies including Nickelodeon, IMAX, EdSurge, and Discovery Education. With master’s degrees in education from both Harvard and Stanford, she’s passionate about creative curriculum development that pushes boundaries, especially considering the influx of today’s technologies. Her most recent positions as Senior Director of Content at Common Sense and Director of Education at Wonder Workshop underscore her love of instructional design, writing, and the ever-changing edtech world — so much so that she has now founded her own content consulting agency, Darrow Ink.
Patrick helps to create space for designers and subject matter experts to collaborate constructively in the creation of online learning experiences. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside and has worked as a writer, editor, instructor, and mentor.
Tom Armbrecht has a PhD in French studies from Brown University. Formerly a tenured professor of French, he taught literature and philosophy to both undergraduate and graduate students before deciding to focus his career on online learning. His current position as an online learning architect allows him to capitalize on his pedagogical expertise to design courses that engage and inspire students and teachers alike.
Jennifer L.M. Gunn spent 10 years in newspaper and magazine publishing before moving to public education. She is a curriculum designer, teaching coach, and high school educator in New York City. She is also co-founder of the annual EDxEDNYC Education Conference for teacher-led innovation, and regularly presents at conferences on the topics of adolescent literacy, leadership, and education innovation.
Zachary Fruhling is an instructional designer, online educational content author and developer, educational technologist, philosophy instructor, poet, and podcaster with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education and educational content development.