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Back to School Toolkit

Resources to help you get back in the teaching groove

Summertime is beginning its eclipse. The first school bell or virtual classroom notification will begin soon.

This is the time to prepare for teaching again.

We hope you’ve spent some of the summer to learn more about online teaching and pursuing professional development opportunities. If not, we’ve curated some resources to help you adapt to the current pandemic environment and build your skills. Whether you’re teaching in-class or from your keyboard.

Bonus: if you want to introduce a new type of resilience curriculum to students, learn about The Unbroken Curriculum (TM) – a curriculum that chronicles the incredible life of Louis Zamperini, a troubled youth turned U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. The curriculum’s immersive teaching methods are designed to bring every student into the conversation, to participate in a learning environment that models hope, resilience, belonging, and purpose.

Online Teaching

Special: If you’re going to be virtual teaching from home during the next school year, you might be interested in this guide from The Simple Dollar. It features tips for making online teaching engaging plus tax benefits you might be able to claim. 

First-Day Activities

Teaching Styles & Concepts

Class Hacks & Activities


Discounts & Deals

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Teachers: How to Find Cheap Books for Classrooms

Finding cheap books for classrooms can be a challenge. Sure, the school provides the standard texts, but if you want to introduce a new module, teach a new novel or stock a reading library in your classroom, you’ll usually have to find the necessary books and classroom material yourself. If you’re looking for affordable, quality…[]

Shopping For The School Year? These Retailers Offer Discounts for Teachers

School supplies, classroom crafts, poster boards — all necessary items for a fun and educational school year. But costs can add up quickly, and teachers are already spending an average of $500 out of their own pocket for school supplies each year. We know you’re not required to spend your own…[]

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Finding Free or Low-Cost School Supplies for Your Class

Getting the right supplies for the start of school isn’t just a challenge for parents and students, but increasingly for teachers, too. Teachers, especially those who work in underserved communities, must find ways to provide academic necessities like pencils, paper, and books for their students, often without funding from their school…[]

2021 Discounts for Teachers

Whether you’ll be teaching in a classroom, online, or in a hybrid format this year, here’s a curated list of free supplies, resources, and tools that will make your teaching job easier. 

Free Shoe Fridays

KURU Footwear will randomly select five people from the pool of potential winners every Friday and automatically deposit $120 worth of KURU Cash in their online account.

Resilient Habits

Long days and free time provide a great opportunity to incorporate self-wellness into your lifestyle. Explore these strategies to fortify your mind and body. Discover more teacher wellbeing activities.

Professional Growth

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Online Professional Learning Resources

‘Tis the season for professional development. Load up your laptop and enhance your teaching and leadership skills using these resources. Minimum time required: an hour per day.

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Sneak Peek at Teaching Careers

Has this year got you thinking about different pathways in the education field? See where else teaching degrees and credentials can professionally take you.

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Education Degrees and Credentials Guides

Thinking about upgrading your skills, specializing in a teaching subject, or even thinking about…leadership? Explore different degree options in the education field.