Welcome to The Cornerstone!

My name is Angela Watson (formerly Powell), and I was a classroom teacher for 11 years: five in the Washington, D.C., area and then six years in South Florida. I started this website in 2003 at mspowell.com and called it Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers because I wanted to share ideas around the practical aspects of running a classroomSince that time, both the site and my work as an educator have evolved in many different ways, but I’m still focused on my passion for creating resources that make teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable.

The original design and title for this site ten years ago.

Currently I’m an Educational Consultant based in New York City (Brooklyn.) In addition to writing books for teachers and creating teaching materials, I do a wide range of professional development work internationally as the founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, conduct Instructional Technology Coaching in schools throughout the five boroughs of NYC, and serve as the Educational Content Creator for BrainPOP. So, my work takes on a lot of different forms, but it’s all centered around supporting teachers, and I love that! You can read more on the About page.

Thanks so much for visiting and reading about my story! Below you can find out about the newest printables, books, and webinars I’ve created, or use the navigation menu at the top of the page to explore each of The Cornerstone resources. In the sidebar to the right, you’ll find lots of options for following my resources on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media. I’m looking forward to connecting with you!

The Latest Teaching Resources

One of my primary focuses for 2014 has been on creating printable teaching resources for classroom management, math, reading, and writing in order to support teachers in implementing engaging, rigorous instruction. You can view some of these items below, or go to the Printables page to see all the free and priced resources I’ve created for my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching

Awakened Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching

The Awakened Devotional Study Guide

The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators

The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators is my most recent book (released in July 2012.) It’s a workbook is designed to deepen Christian teachers’ understanding of the principles in Awakened, elaborating on what the Bible has to say about renewing our minds. For each Awakened chapter, this guide provides an opening reflection, devotion, further scripture reading, application questions, “to do” challenge, and a prayer that invites God to help you in applying the principles to your life.

Check Out the Webinar!

The Cornerstone Pro-Active Behavior Management Webinar is an on-demand, online professional development opportunity that provides practical support in managing any classroom. The focus is on teaching students to become responsible and self-reliant, and helping you maximize your instructional time. The webinar series is divided into five sessions, which cover precise expectations, consistent procedures, instructional routines, consequences and rewards, and meeting individual needs. Watch the overview here, or click over to the webinars page to see excerpts, preview the note-taking guide, and read what teachers are saying about it.

What Else is New?

New articles, photos, links, and printables are added to the site on a regular basis! You can see a list of the most recent updates on the Free Teacher Resources page. You can also sign up for email updates when new blog posts are published or sign up for site updates to get a newsletter, exclusive tips and tricks, teaching ideas, and more.

Looking for Free Printables from The Cornerstone Book?

The CornerstoneAll the forms referenced in the book are available for download here on the site! Instead of making photocopies of my versions shown in the book, you can simply download the forms you like in Microsoft Word and quickly make modifications to fit your own preferences. You can find the printables throughout the site on corresponding pages (for example, back-to-school printables can be found on the Beginning the Year page). I’ve also compiled them all on one page which organizes the resources on this website by chapter so it’s easy to find the online resources that support what you’ve just read in the book.

To access the printables page, login here. Your password is the last word in the book (on the Afterword page). Enjoy!

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Angela Watson was a classroom teacher for 11 years and has turned her passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has published 3 books, launched a blog and webinar series, designs curriculum resources, and conducts seminars in schools around the world. Subscribe via email for blog updates, exclusive tips & tricks, activities, printables, and more.