The New Teacher Summer Workshop

Step-by-step instructions on preparing everything you need before your first day.

Enroll for $19/mo

Does this sound familiar?

The summer before my first year teaching was filled with terror and excitement like I had never known.

I had never wanted to rock something more but felt less ready.

I wanted to prepare, but didn’t know how. Curriculum was nowhere to be found. The other teachers in my building were M.I.A. Everything I from my prep program felt nebulous and confusing.

And any time I told someone I was about to start my first year, they always told me details how horrific their first year was.

Sound familiar?

Thought so.

Fast forward to the end of the year.

At an end-of-the-party after my first year teaching, two of my admin separately told me that they never would have thought I was a first year teacher. My jaw dropped. Really???

My second year teaching, I won an Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award and was named Department Chair in my school.

Seriously, what?

Want to know how that all happened?

Because of everything I prepared before the start of the year.

And that's good news for you.

Because it means there's a fix for all the fears swirling in your head right now,

AND with the right tools, you may not just survive this year...but rock it.


That's where this course comes in.

The New Teacher Summer Workshop is a step-by-step course on how to prepare like a veteran teacher for your first day, from the ground-up. No unnecessary frills. No time-wasting. And no crummy lesson plans, either.

It's how you can skip hundreds of hours searching for help, reinventing the wheel, and draining yourself by panicking to figure out how to do this thing.

Together, we'll cut out the stuff that's not going to make a difference and focus on the essentials, walking step-by-step on how to do it. The stuff that's going to make you feel prepared, and the stuff that's going to help you make a difference in your students' lives.

You'll receive a concrete break-down on how to get all the things buzzing around your head done before the start of the year--curriculum planning, documentation, classroom set-up, parent contact, time management--and an exclusive group of fellow new teachers to encourage you along the way.

After completing this course, you’ll feel more confident, calm and prepared for an incredible year--all in 4 weeks.

This Course is for YOU if...

  • You're preparing for your first year teaching, re-entering teaching, or want a complete makeover of last year.

  • You're exploding from nerves about teaching and not sure where to put that anxiety.

  • You need help on knowing what to prepare and how to do it.

  • You feel unsupported by your school, underprepared by your teacher prep program, rusty from a break from teaching, or panicked about not having any training at all.

  • You want guidance on designing high quality, standards-aligned curriculum and putting together lesson plans that are effective and engaging.

  • You are looking for some tips on how to manage your time this year so you don't burn out.

  • You want a network of other new teachers to connect with and find support from.

This course is not for you if...

  • You don’t want to work hard to prepare for your first year. Though this course is going to save you a lot of time, setting up an awesome year still takes a lot of (strategic) work.
  • You are cool with spending hundreds hours in scanning thousands of pins, articles, and advice from people with varying expertise to find how best to prepare, or just want to wing it this year
  • You are bent on having that classic horrific first year teaching. Nope. That’s not what we’re about here.

"All summer I’ve been thinking that I need to do things to get prepared for the school year but I wasn’t exactly sure what. I am SOOOOO thankful to have found this that tells me EXACTLY what to do. It has made me feel so much better about the upcoming school year and has made it a lot less scary."

Your Instructor

Jeanne Wolz, M. Ed.
Jeanne Wolz, M. Ed.

Hi! I’m Jeanne. I’m a former middle school ELA teacher, college instructor, and the founder of Teacher Off Duty--a blog dedicated to helping teachers save time, teach better, and live happier. I have 9 years of teaching and instructional coaching, including mentoring as a cooperating teacher, serving as Department Chair, and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Since founding Teacher Off Duty, I've helped thousands of new teachers along their journey to a smooth and fulfilling first few years teaching.

In my 2nd year teaching, I won an Outstanding Beginning Teaching Award and I didn't feel special enough for it at all. In fact, I knew then what I know now: I owed the early success largely to the strategic preparation I did before them. And now, I want to help you do the same.


Course Curriculum

  Module i: Welcome!
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  Module 1, Part 1: How to Create a Curriculum YEAR OVERVIEW From Scratch
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  Module 1, Part 2: How to Create a UNIT PLAN from Scratch
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Enroll Now and Receive:

-8 bundles of clear, step-by-step guides with examples to get you planned and ready for the year, sent twice a week for 4 weeks

-Dozens of pages of guided planning sheets

-Access to the New Teacher Workshop Facebook group to connect with other all-star new teachers to ask questions and get feedback now and throughout the year

-Lifetime access to all course content

-The knowledge that you can start this year (and every year after) prepared and confident and ready with a support group rallying behind you

"I'm going into education from an engineering background and was clueless where to start. Now, I am already impressing my principal with my procedures and understanding of unit planning! I've already tooted your horn through FB groups and can't wait to dive in further!" - 2018 Alumna

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?
The workshop starts immediately! Materials are released twice a week over 4 weeks to prevent overwhelming you, though it is up to you when you complete them. If you want them all released at the same time, that's fine, too! Just send me an email after you enroll and I'll grant you full access immediately. It's designed to be a self-paced online workshop - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the workshop?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?
I want you to be happy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund, no questions asked.
I'm on a tight budget. Is this workshop worth it?
Real talk: that first year teacher budget is REAL. But, as you're prioritizing things on your budget, have you ever stopped to think about what your time and sanity is worth? Let me give you a hint: a lot. For you, for your family, AND for your quality of teaching. In this year, you’re going to need more time and sanity than you ever have before. This course was made to save you loads of both. That's worth something. That being said, I know that money can be tight before teaching already. That’s why I have a 5-month payment plan to help alleviate the upfront cost for you so you can invest in yourself without breaking the bank.
What makes this different than other resources available online?
There is a TON of free resources online for teachers. The problem? That there is a ton of free resources online for teachers. And not all of it is good. Some of it is conflicting. And most times it takes hours and hours just to find the thing you were looking for in the first place, if you can find it at all. You don't have that kind of time this summer. This summer and this year, you’re going to need gallons of a few things: time, organization, calm, and courage. This course is here for you for all of that. That jungle of online resources? Not so much.
Will I have time to complete this workshop?
This course is designed as a workshop. It’s supposed to operate like a coach guiding you through every step of preparation that you’ll have to do anyway--but helping you whip it out like a veteran teacher--which means faster and higher quality than if you did it on your own. Though content is chunked and released twice a week (to combat that #overwhelm), it’s completely self-paced, so no worries if you’ve got a vacation planned and are worried you’ll miss something.
Is this workshop applicable to my classroom outside the US?
The course is designed to help new teachers set up a classroom that runs smoothly, rather than about following national or state requirements. So most, if not all of it, would be just as applicable for you as a US teacher. Even the Documentation section isn't tied to US requirements--it's just a guide to setting up good documentation practices for your own purposes. The only portion of the course that references US requirements is Module 1.1 - Step-by-Step Year Overview. In the beginning of the process, the module will ask you to search for your content standards, but there are instructions on what to do if you do not have state or national standards for your content. This is actually the case for many US teachers, too, if they do not teach a core subject. Finally, keep in mind that there is a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you start the course and have any concerns at all, you can contact me and I'll give you a full refund, no questions asked.

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