About Truth for Teachers
Meet our founder, Angela Watson,
and learn more about the resources available here.
Angela Watson is a National Board Certified Teacher with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has 11 years of classroom experience and over a decade of experience as an instructional coach.
Angela created this website as a young teacher in 2003 to share practical classroom ideas and help other educators build a positive mindset so they can truly enjoy their work. It was originally called “Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers” until 2008, when it was renamed “The Cornerstone for Teachers” after her first book.
Rebranded in November 2021 to Truth for Teachers, the site now impacts over 8 million educators annually.
Angela’s ideas have been featured in thousands of magazine articles, newsletters, and internet resources, and utilized in teacher preparation and support programs throughout the nation. She has authored numerous printable curriculum resources, online courses, and six books. Her newest book is the second edition of “Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching,” which was released in November 2022.
She is perhaps best known for her free Truth for Teachers podcast, which provides bi-weekly encouragement for educators and consistently ranks in the top K-12 podcasts in the world.
Angela’s professional development on productivity is being used in over 45,000 schools through the 40 Hour Workweek program. First designed for teachers and then expanded to instructional coaches and administrators, 40 Hour helps educators become more intentional with their personal, contractual, and instructional time so they can focus on what really matters.
Angela’s mission is to help teachers live a more purposeful and conscious life. Through her mentorship, countless teachers have learned to take charge of their time and energy so they can prevent burnout and stay in the profession they love for years to come.
Graduated college and landed her first teaching job in Prince George’s County, MD
Earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction
Created the first iteration of this website, called Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers
Moved to South Florida; continued teaching and sharing teaching ideas online
Obtained National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist
Published her first book, The Cornerstone, and changed the name of this site to The Cornerstone for Teachers; began doing professional development/teacher training in schools
Founded Due Season Press and Educational Services and republished The Cornerstone under her own publishing company; began work in NYC schools and nationwide as an instructional coach
Created an online behavior management training for her book The Cornerstone
Published her second book, Awakened
Published her third book, The Awakened Devotional Study Guide, and began speaking professionally about her books
Started creating and selling curriculum resources on TeachersPayTeachers
Created more curriculum materials, as well as 2 online courses for teacherpreneurs; started the TruthForTeachers podcast
Published her fourth book, Unshakeable; created the Teacher Style t-shirt store; beta launched the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club
Official launch of the 40HTW Club; over 10,000 teachers participated in this year alone
Official launch of the new website design; continuing to do instructional coaching, speaking, blogging, podcasting, curriculum and course creation, and supporting 40 Hour Club Members
Created The Teacher Lifestyle Lab, a collection of min-courses to help teachers experiment with habits and live a more purposeful, conscious life
Published her 5th book "Fewer Things, Better: The Courage to Focus on What Matters Most" and created the accompanying courses
Launched a 40 Hour Fast Track program for teachers, followed by 40 Hour Instructional Coaching and 40 Hour Leadership for administrators
Rebranded the main website from The Cornerstone for Teachers to Truth for Teachers, hiring a writers collective to center the voices of classroom practitioners
Released the second edition of "Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching."
Find the right resources for you.
Angela’s goal is to speak honestly and openly about the challenges teachers face and offer practical solutions. Each of her resources is designed to meet a specific need that teachers often encounter:
If you’re stressed out and finding yourself dreading a job you used to love, read Awakened and learn mindset strategies that can transform your teaching.
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If everything feels equally important and you can’t figure out how to prioritize, read Fewer Things, Better and uncover the courage to focus on what matters most.
Fewer Things Better
If you’ve lost your passion for teaching and want to make the job fun again, read Unshakeable and learn how to enjoy teaching every day, no matter what.
Read it now
If you do an awesome job for kids without working endlessly on nights and weekends, join the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program and find a sustainable approach to teaching.
If you’re tired of spending hours developing your own teaching materials from scratch, check out my printables and download ready-to-use activities and forms that simplify teaching.
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If you want practical professional development that makes teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable, take one of my online courses for teachers.
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Resources from Angela Watson
As founder of Truth for Teachers, Angela has created a growing collection of articles, podcast episodes, online courses, books, and curriculum resources designed to help educators live a more purpose and conscious life:
Truth for Teachers is a one of the top-rated K-12 podcasts in the world, providing weekly audio encouragement and practical ideas
We combine personal + professional development on a variety of topics in an online, self-paced format.
Time-saving curriculum resources include materials for growth mindset, working memory, sub plans, and more.