Over the next few months, I will be transitioning my website, TheCornerstoneForTeachers.com, to TruthforTeachers.com. With more than 6.2 million episode downloads, the Truth for Teachers podcast has become my primary method of sharing ideas, and I think the name really embodies the type of resources I want to offer.
Part of my vision for expanding Truth for Teachers beyond just the podcast is to center the voices of classroom teachers, and make the site a place to share wisdom from a diverse group of educators, rather than just my own expertise.
I’m not planning to step away in any capacity, and will still be 100% in charge of the podcast and sharing new episodes weekly. My goal is to expand what I’m currently offering teachers, and have more awesome stuff for you than what I could create alone.
Freelance work description
I’m looking to hire around 10 freelance teacher-authors to create articles and resources for the new Truth for Teachers collective.
You will be asked to submit a new article or resource approximately every other month (6 per year.)
Since the application deadline is March 15th, we anticipate new hires publishing their first post in April/May, and working on an every other month basis moving forward.
The pay rate will generally be between $75-$200 per article, depending on the length and whether there are photos or printable/downloadable resources included.
These freelance positions will be customized for the needs, talents, and preferences of the folks who come on board. I would love to have some regular “columnists” who write about dedicated topics assigned to them, allowing readers to get to know them and look forward to their latest articles.
4 types of freelance work available
When applying, you may express interest in one or more of the following article categories:
#1: “How to” articles with classroom photos, videos, and/or tutorials
These articles include practical strategies that teachers frequently search for online, and may cover organization, tech tools, lesson ideas, pedagogical strategies, and so on. You’d take something you do well with your students and show other teachers step-by-step how it’s done.
#2: Mindset strategies and encouragement
These are long form articles that speak to relatable experiences and help teachers feel less alone. You might talk about how to mentally reframe a stressful situation and approach it from a more helpful perspective, such as when a parent criticizes you, or you’re feeling testing pressure, or you have students who are challenging to engage.
#3: Productivity and timesaving strategies
Any writer for these articles should be a graduate of my 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program, so you’re familiar with my philosophy/strategies. You can share how you’ve used the ideas and adapted them for your classroom, as well as other 40 Hour-aligned practices you’ve discovered on your own.
#4: Ready-to-use lessons, printables, and activities
These articles would be fairly short (1,000 words minimum unless the article is photo-based) and include ready-to-use curriculum resources in the form of Google Slides, a Google Doc, PPT, PDF, etc. I envision the majority of these resources being free for teachers, but if the right person applies, I may have additional work for you in creating larger units and projects that would be for sale.
- Have strong writing skills beyond just mechanics: While you’ll develop your own “voice” on the blog, it needs to fit with the style and tone of existing content, and need minimal editing for clarity and organization.
- Have a high level of familiarity with Google Drive: Our team collaborates almost entirely in Drive, and you’ll be composing in Docs. If you know WordPress, that’s a bonus, as your content will eventually be published through that platform.
- Have meaningful work experience in K-12 education: While I prefer to amplify the voices of current classroom practitioners, I know that admins, school psychs and counselors, and other educators have tons of wisdom to offer and they’re encouraged to apply. I also know that young educators have an important perspective, so there’s no specific amount of teaching experience required.
- Have read and agreed with the tenants of the Truth for Teachers Mission Statement: I want to build a cohesive team of like-minded folks with shared values and similar goals.
- Have a social justice and equity-centered approach to teaching: We won’t have a dedicated author for these topics: they will be embedded naturally in everything we publish. Some articles may not explicitly address equity, but it’s a lens through which every educator on the team needs to view their practice.
How to apply
Fill out the application here, which asks you to submit a guest blog post for consideration. You may submit 2 posts if you would like to apply for more than one article type.
You do not need to be U.S.-based to apply.
I anticipate many high quality submissions, and don’t want your hard work to go to waste. So, I may end up publishing the posts of more people, not just those 10 folks I eventually hire as freelance team members.
You will be paid a $50 honorarium if your guest blog post is published and will receive a byline on the site. (You’ll receive the $75-$200 per article rate if you’re hired for the team.)
Application deadline is March 15th.