Hey there, Creative English Teacher,
Are you ready for
Clarity and Confidence
in the face of Chaos?
This year is like nothing we've seen before.
Maybe you’re trying to support upset parents, scared students, and anxious colleagues, nevermind the fact that you’re worried about integrating a half dozen new tech tools and figuring out how to teach an engaging English class without any of the usual go-tos you’ve carefully crafted over the years.
Maybe your district is flip-flopping so much that you hardly know what to expect. Just when you think you’re almost ready, your LMS changes, your classes and rosters shift, and your system goes from blended to online, online to blended, or in-person to online.
Maybe spring felt like a disaster, and you want to amp up your engagement, plan, and creativity this year, but your administration is asking you to teach multiple groups of students in multiple ways, and you’re so overwhelmed trying to process all the changes and arrange childcare for your own kids that you have no idea where to even start.
My friend, you deserve better.
What if you had clear programs and tools that you could use each week to create a comfortingly solid educational experience for your students? (Not to mention for you).
What if you could teach with creative, flexible curriculum that could stand up to the scenario shuffle, leaving you feeling confident no matter how many times the district plans change? Because they're definitely going to change. That much seems clear.
What if your work life was a stable factor in your day-to-day, bringing you joy and leaving you energy to exercise, spend time with your family, and fall asleep before midnight each night? It sure would be nice to look forward to teaching again.
You’ve probably tried some of the “teacher self care” tips floating around out there. But summer breeze flavored bubble baths at midnight just don’t cut it when you’ve been working for fifteen hours straight. You need a reasonable work day to truly take care of yourself.
Perhaps you’ve got forty-seven saved Facebook posts about blended learning, three Instagram collections of digital classroom ideas, and maybe a dozen or so Pinterest boards for inspiration. You’re not alone. But where’s the time to go through and turn them all into your plan for the shifting scenarios this year may bring? You need a blueprint, not an overflowing online shoebox.
You might have attended a summer PD session or twenty, and have pages of notes to prove it. That's a wonderful start. But you need more than just advice. You need curriculum. Flexible plans that work in any scenario. Clarity. Support along the way.
I'm here to help you.
I’ve got the curriculum and plans ready to help you succeed, and the positive approach you need when the world seems to be crumbling outside your classroom windows. I know how to invent solutions when it seems like there are no good options.
We can do this together.
For years I’ve been supporting the creative English teaching community with my podcast, blog, and positive Facebook community, Creative High School English. I love sharing creative curriculum, project ideas, and innovative strategies to help you make your work more joyful and effective. It’s my great honor to email 35,000 teachers every single week with fresh ideas.
I’ve worked with We Are Teachers, Follett, Cult of Pedagogy, The Cornerstone for Teachers, The English Journal, Independent School Magazine, The European Council of Independent schools, Teachwriting.org, Read Write Think, and more.
Every day I’m excited to go to work, because it means I get to help you and your students.
It has been my honor to work with you in all the ways that we have connected these last few years. And now it is my pleasure to tell you that I have a bigger and better way to help.
Word on the (online) Street
"Thank you, Betsy, for your creative ideas. I'm so glad I decided to be part of this group! I've been teaching since 1991, but I'm tired and so glad to 'borrow' your great ideas to energize not only myself but my kiddos. These will be easy
to implement either in person or virtual." - Amy
"I have to take a minute to thank you for such thorough teacher directions on this unit. By outlining what the home group should do vs. the in-school, I have a handle on how to organize the first week. Your podcast and resources make me excited to return no matter what the circumstances." - Monica Ann
What if teaching could bring
you joy this year?
Imagine if you woke up one October morning to the first red leaves in the trees outside your window feeling excited to launch your brand new podcast unit, confident that your instructions were clear, your tech was solid, and that your students would be proud of their efforts and outcomes.
Imagine if you felt supported and inspired by the community of innovative educators around you, buoyed up by their positive energy and ideas, always knowing you could get help from another creative teacher when you needed it.
Imagine if you had a solid, creative plan for school that would leave you time to hold onto the joys you’ve experienced this summer - taking walks in the sunshine, playing Uno with your kids, making dinners that don’t (always) come straight from the freezer. Warm chocolate chip cookies, anyone?
Imagine having back-up in the storm. Knowing that when the scenario shifted suddenly, or you had to go into quarantine and hand over two weeks of sub plans that very day, or you needed an afternoon off to take care of your own child who was feeling sad and scared, you’d be OK. You’d have what you need.
Respite in the Storm
The Lighthouse is a place you can go for ideas, support, and curriculum.
Inside you'll find fresh, engaging curriculum every month and the step-by-step guidance you need to put it into action. You'll meet other innovative teachers from around the world inside our community, and finally find the faculty room of your dreams. I'll be there, cheering you on, answering your questions, and helping lead the community in supporting each other.
Get Access to Creative Monthly Curriculum - Amp your Engagement and Simplify your Planning
Discover the Power of Collaboration and Support inside our Community
Each month, we'll dive into a new topic. September we're focusing in on using sketchnotes and one-pagers across scenarios. October it'll be all about podcasting - how to get students listening, the best shows and episodes, activities and projects, and a curriculum set to help your kiddos start podcasts of their own. Plus, I'm cooking up a plan to pop into your classrooms myself on video as a guest speaker to share with your students about what it's like to podcast professionally.
As the year moves on, we'll explore topics like choice reading across scenarios, creative discussion methods online and off, using Ted Talks both as content and as a jumping off point for Project-Based-learning, and more. But I want to wait to define the year precisely based on the need of the members inside The Lighthouse, so we'll see what you need and go from there.
Take a Peek into the September Vault
You'll find one-pager curriculum (PDF and digital) for five types of one-pagers, ideas and templates for using sketchnotes in class, and a video to show you what it looks like to create an effective digital one-pager.
Choose your Perfect Plan
As a founding member, you're getting in on the ground floor of this membership with a chance to lock in this low rate. Monthly access will never be this inexpensive again!
Creative Monthly Curriculum $30 Value
Innovative Community Priceless
Full Flexibly Planned Bonus Program $99 value
Creative Sub Plans Library $50 value
As an annual member, you'll get two months of access free. Lock in this founding member rate now, because it'll never be this low again!
Creative Monthly Curriculum $30 value
Innovative Community Priceless
Full Flexibly Planned Bonus Program $99 value
Creative Sub Plans Library $50 value
TWO MONTHS FREE
A Word from Teachers like You....
Let's not Forget about the Bonuses
When you're trying to figure out how to teach the first term this year, not knowing how things will change from day to day, you need flexible, creative programs you can count on. In this bonus, you'll have full access to the materials from my popular "Flexibly Planned" program that 500 teachers used to help them prep for this crazy back-to-school period in August.
You'll find help for implementing flexible programs that work in any scenario, plug-and-play writing curriculum that works online and off, an identity unit to help you build relationships with your students even when separated by the distance, the how-tos you need for using templates and batching to save time, and planning and agenda templates to make your rollout easier.
While you may usually teach through your small illnesses like so many teacher do, this year you'll likely have to call in sick for any cold or stomachache that comes your way. Between that and the likelihood that large chunks of your school may need to quarantine for two weeks, wouldn't it be nice to know you've got a creative bank of sub plans you can trust?
In this growing library, you'll find a two week curriculum set in case you need it for quarantine, as well as plenty of daily options you can easily plug in in the middle of anything you might be teaching.
Who doesn't like a fun surprise? You never know what I'll pop into the surprise bonuses section. Right now it's the newest version of the Ed Deck and I have lots more ideas up my sleeve.
Lean on a Solid Support Structure
You Can Count on this Year
Monthly Content //
The engagement you want without the hours spent researching and writing curriculum you can use across multiple scenarios this year. Each month you'll find new creative curriculum ready to plug and play. We're kicking off September with one-pagers and sketchnotes, then moving into podcasting come October.
$30 VALUE MONTHLY
Flexibly Planned //
Full Blended Learning Program
You CAN deal with changing scenarios and hybrid models this year. The creative units, flexible programs, and case studies from my August blended learning program are all waiting inside to give you clarity and confidence as you head into new territory.
$99 PROGRAM VALUE
Creative Sub Plans //
Print and Go
When you need to hand over a two week quarantine plan at the last minute or your own kids wake up needing you, don't worry. Just choose a great option from this growing bank of creative sub plans.
Join other Innovators
You won't have to face this year alone. A community of fellow innovators awaits. Participate in challenges, watch workshops, ask questions and share ideas inside The Lighthouse community. We're all about positive vibes and brilliant brainstorming.
"I just finally had time to sit down and wade through this week's materials, and I could cry with relief. This is helping me so much to wrap my head halfway around what I want to do. Thank you so much for these resources!
A Few As for your Qs
Still wondering about something? Let me help!
The membership concept is probably not as new to you as you think. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music are all examples of memberships. You pay a monthly fee in exchange for the service you want.
Only if you choose to save money by choosing the annual plan. Otherwise you're free to enjoy the membership for a month and then decide whether you want to keep going. You can always cancel if you wish.
Inside the membership you'll find tips and strategies delivered through text, videos, and links to podcasts and blog posts. The curriculum is generally offered in two formats - a PDF download and a link to a Google Slides version. You can then move and convert things as you wish to work with your own LMS.
Of course! That's what our community on Facebook is for. I'll be hanging out in there on the regular to answer questions, celebrate wins, and help ignite creative brainstorming. Sometimes I'll answer your questions, sometimes other community members will. We can all learn so much from each other.
I love sharing materials with you on TPT, but this lets us take things to another level. I can put materials in more context for you, help you try new things with support in the community, and build on what we learn together as we move through the year. Can you tell I'm excited?!
The great thing about this is that the materials are always there for you, neatly stored and ready for action. I'll email you regularly with reminders about what's available and what easy action steps you can take to put it into place in your work. Then you can decide how much time you want to spend hopping into our creative community to talk things over and share ideas. Some months you may upload your curriculum quickly on the first day of the month and then head off to your busy life. Other months you may take full advantage of all the bonuses and community support. Either way, it's all always there for you.
I think so! For the last month, I've been working with five hundred teachers inside my first membership program, Flexibly Planned, to help them prepare for this crazy year. You've seen comments from them throughout this page, so hopefully you're realizing that it's been a big help!
I'm ready! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Insta @nowsparkcreativity so we can chat.
Ready to skip the panic and rock this year?
Here's the plan.