Teachers at a Crossroads
An online course for exploring career change
Are you wondering whether you have it in you to teach another year…or even another moment?
Are you curious about other careers beyond the classroom and whether you might enjoy doing something else?
Would you like clarity about your next career steps?
This 11-week, live online course will empower you to approach the next chapter of your career with a focus on your own happiness and fulfillment.
No more sticking out teaching just because you don't know what else to do.
No more waffling back and forth between "stay or go."
You’ll explore exciting new career possibilities and take stock of what’s important to you, what you have to offer, and what brings you joy.
By the end of the course, you'll be able to make a confident choice about the next step of your career based on your strengths, values, and what you want most for your life.
The course will be open for enrollment in January 2024.
This course is for you if:
1. You're not sure whether to leave the classroom or recommit to teaching, and you'd like to be able to make this decision with more clarity and confidence.
2. You know you want to leave teaching to pursue a different career path, but you don't know what you want to do instead.
You might be feeling:
Confused about what you want for your career. One day you feel the positive impact you’re making on your students' lives, and you can't imagine anything better. But the next day, you feel under-appreciated and over-worked and wonder why you're still doing this.
Disappointed that teaching might not actually be your forever job. You invested a lot of time and energy into training and growing as a teacher. Teaching has been your entire life, and it's a huge part of your identity. Was it all for nothing?
Stuck in the classroom with no good career alternatives. You can't imagine what else you could do with your skills and experiences. Your inner critic is loud and insistent that "You're not qualified for anything else!” You're surrounded by other teachers and feel a million miles away from different careers.
Afraid of change. The unknown of another career has you frozen in your tracks.
Guilty for even considering leaving your students. You're a good teacher, and you know the world needs strong teachers. You wonder if you should just set aside your own happiness for the “greater good.”
Totally lost about how to move forward. Your process of figuring out your career feels disorganized and unproductive and is comprised mostly of worrying and fretting about your future.
By the end of this course you will have...
about what you want for the next chapter of your career.
More joy in your work
by reconnecting with what makes you feel curious, interested, and excited.
Confidence in your skills and strengths
because you've identified
what they are and can see
how they relate to your work and other careers.
A growing network
to help you widen your perspective, think through your career questions, and tap into new resources and ideas.
A personalized list of career alternatives
created with your own
values, strengths, and
interests in mind.
for how to seek more joy as
a teacher or how to leave the classroom for a career that's
a better fit for you.
What teachers are saying...
Laura’s course has totally transformed my mindset and way of thinking about my career. I’ve been teaching for 12 years and this course has helped me navigate my questions and uncertainties in ways I never could have done on my own. Her framework helped me figure out how my strengths and interests line up with other career possibilities. Now I’m navigating what’s next for me with confidence, because I know what I want and what I bring to the table.
Former Preschool Teacher
I felt lost and alone in the process of finding the "right" job for me after "only" being an educator. The course created a community for me - a judgment-free zone where my challenges with teaching were validated and where I could focus on my strengths instead of weaknesses. I learned that just because I have certain skills doesn't mean they’ll sustain me (some may actually be the reason for burnout). I got to know my inner critic and my wise, supportive self intimately. The course also gave me a permission slip to explore jobs/careers that were not about teaching at all!
Laura and her course were a pivotal part of my healing process as I shift from educator in the classroom to the next phase of my life. The course was a life changer and a life saver.
Former Spanish, ESL, Social Studies, and Art Teacher
I had doubts about teaching, but I didn’t think I could find other work so I stayed as a default.
Laura’s course guided me through an honest exploration of what I want and have to offer in my career. It gave me confidence that I CAN do something else if I choose, and so I felt empowered to ask for the things I wanted to make my current job better. These changes transformed teaching into a much better fit for me, and now I return to teaching enthusiastically, as though it were a new job, even though I have been in the field for over 20 years.
Rob, Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Who's teaching the course?
Hi, I'm Laura!
A career coach dedicated to helping teachers make a confident choice about what they want for their career.
I created this Teachers at a Crossroads course because I kept hearing from my teacher clients, friends, and husband: “I don’t know if I want to teach much longer, and I don't even know what else I could do.”
This course is my version of shouting to the mountain tops, “There’s so MUCH you could do! You have so much to offer, and you have so many choices! If you’re not happy with your work, let’s do something about it!"
Because you're not stuck with teaching. You have a choice about what you do with your career. I know this because I work with teachers who choose to recommit to teaching and teachers who choose to pursue a new career. This course will help you make choices that feel right for you at this point in your life.
I built this course based on 11 years of helping my clients find the career clarity they need to make confident steps toward something better. I've also been an educator myself, creating meaningful learning experiences for others throughout most of my career.
For additional accountability and support during the course...
Course + Six 1:1 Coaching Sessions Pricing
Boost your course experience and make it easier on yourself by working through the content 1:1 with Laura. You get all the value of the course, plus six 60 minute sessions, one for each module of the course. This if for the teacher who wants more accountability, a deep dive into the content, and customized support. There are only two spots availalbe for this offer.
What's included in the course?
The course is 11 weeks and runs September 26 - December 12. You will receive new content every other week (biweekly) to help you move through the course along with Laura and other students.
However, you can also choose to go at your own pace.
PRE-RECORDED VIDEO LESSONS
Six modules (~15 pre-recorded lessons), teaching you the mindsets, strategies, and tools I've honed over ten years of career coaching. All content is available to you for 12 months from the course start date.
Exercises, reflections, or prompts accompany every lesson and will keep you focused and engaged in meaningful ways. This is not busy work! The work is designed to help you go deeper and farther faster. In order to get the most out of the course, you should expect to put in about two hours of work per week.
You'll receive all the information you need to do your assignments with ease, including relevant templates, assessments, and demos.
LIVE WEEKLY CALLS
Join Laura and other teachers in the course for facilitated Zoom conversations Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Eastern. These calls are a space to go deeper with the course content and, most importantly, to connect with other teachers going through the same process of career exploration. Former students describe the calls as "encouraging and validating" and as a space where they felt "less alone" with their questions and doubts.
POST-COURSE ALUMNI COMMUNITY
After the course ends, you'll be invited to join the Teachers at a Crossroads Alumni Community at no additional cost. Get ongoing support with your career exploration through live monthly calls and an online community of other teachers who have taken the course.
What will you learn?
YOUR CAREER NARRATIVE
Nurture a more positive and hopeful approach to your career by examining your assumptions and beliefs and learning how to work with the voice of your inner critic.
Build your confidence and self-awareness by identifying your skills and strengths through assessments and feedback from people you trust.
YOUR NORTH STAR
Pinpoint and prioritize what’s most important to you at this phase of your life and use it to guide you through your career exploration and future career decisions.
YOUR CAREER POSSIBILITIES
Discover new career options you never knew existed or didn't think were possible and create your own list of career possibilities you'd like to explore further.
YOUR CAREER "FIT"
Prioritize a few careers you’d like to explore further and use four different strategies for gathering information about them to learn whether they are a good fit for who you are, what you want, and what you have to offer.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
Make a plan with actionable steps to keep you moving toward your goals after the course ends.
How much of my time does the course require?The more time you put into the course, the more you will get out of it. You can expect to make good progress by investing an average of 1-2 hours per week watching the recorded lessons and doing the assignments and 1 hour per week attending the live weekly calls. That adds up to about 2-3 hours of work a week.
Will this course help me find a job?Yes! If you decide to leave the classroom, this course will help you clarify what career path you want to pursue, which will make your job search SO much easier. However, we will not directly address job search strategies and application materials (cover letters, interviews, resumes). Laura offers that kind of support through 1:1 coaching or can make referrals for other coaches who focus more on this part of your career transition.
When are the live weekly calls?Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Eastern. They are also recorded and shared the day after the calls.
What's Laura's background in education?I have a long history with education, though not only in the classroom. In college, I focused my studies on Spanish and secondary education and then taught briefly at high schools in Chicago and Indiana. I also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Venezuela. The rest of my career in education has been focused on creating meaningful learning experiences OUTSIDE of the classroom (e.g. study abroad). I thrive on helping people learn new things about themselves, others, and the world around them, and career coaching has been a natural extension of this.
Who benefits most from this course?If you are a teacher that has considered leaving teaching for another career, this course could be for you. The teachers who will benefit most from the course fall into two categories: 1) You know you want to find alternative work, but you don't know what you want to do instead. 2) You've been wavering back and forth for awhile about whether to continue teaching or leave for another career, and you just can't get any clarity. This course is probably NOT for you if you need a new job and a new income right away. The content prioritizes reflection and exploration (which take time) over the nitty gritties of the job search.
Will we cover resumes in this course?Not directly. This course does not assume that you will leave classroom teaching - some people decide to stay. If you already know you want to leave teaching or you decide to leave as a result of your work in this course, your resume will need attention. But first, you need clarity about what's next, and that's the goal of this particular course. Laura offers resume support through 1:1 coaching or can make referrals for other coaches who focus more on this part of your career transition.
Do I get all the course content at once?No. When you first enroll in the course, you'll get access to the Intro Module: Getting Started. Once the course begins, you'll get access to Module 1: Your Career Narrative. After that, modules are released every two weeks. Once the course is over, you'll have access to all of the modules for 12 months from the start of the course.
Are there scholarships or discounts available?Not currently. The course has been priced with teachers' income in mind.
Is the webinar really free?100% free. You can save your hard-earned dollars for something else!
Is the webinar actually live?Yep! This is not a pretend live scenario. I will be there with you, presenting and interacting with you in the moment.
Is it worth attending if I just started having doubts about teaching?Yes, absolutely. Taking this webinar now will save you time and stress, because you'll start out approaching your questions honestly, thoughtfully, and effectively.
Will there be a chance to ask questions during the webinar?Yes, I will leave time at the end to answer questions that are coming up for you.
What happens if I can't make it to the live webinar?As of right now, the only way you can see the webinar is live. I hope to record it and make it available on my website down the road. If you want to be added to my mailing list to stay up-to-date on this and other news, please email me at email@example.com with a subject heading of: INTEREST IN RECORDED WEBINAR.
Still not sure whether Teachers at a Crossroads is right for you?
Give this course a 21-day risk free chance if any of the following resonates with you:
You're feeling pressure to make a decision
But you get stuck in your head turning over the same questions again and again without clarity.
You know change is needed
You feel it in your body. You hear your wise inner voice. "Something is not right. Make things better."
You want to enjoy more of your life
You know that your job has a huge impact on life outside of work, and you're ready to do what it takes to be happier.
Taking the course is risk free!
You're protected by a 21-day money-back guarantee
Taking this course is an investment in your future - a more joyful, fulfilling career awaits! All investments cost something, whether it's time, energy, or money. In this case, I believe that $499 is an investment worth making, for all the clarity, confidence, and momentum you're going to get for your career. But don't just take my word for it...
"Taking this class was an investment. Every penny has been paid back to me a hundredfold in peace of mind and motivation. I wanted clarity. I got it. Way cheaper than any other midlife crisis!" - Rob, T@C Student
If you're still feeling like $499 is a pretty significant chunk of change for a course that you don't know will help you, I understand.
I recently invested a lot of money in an online course, and the thing that made me feel OK with such a big financial investment was the money back guarantee. If it wasn't serving me, I could cancel. Phew!
I want to offer you that same sense of freedom to invest in yourself. By the end of 21 days, you'll have received access to the first two modules of the course.
If you don't feel totally motivated by what you're learning about yourself and your career by the end of 21 days, let me know and you'll receive a full refund.
You deserve work that
brings you joy.
Imagine waking up on a Monday morning with happy anticipation for the week!
Work you look forward to is out there. Sometimes you just need a little help making it happen.
I’ve created the roadmap you need to find your version of career happiness. So all you have to do is jump on board and enjoy being guided through a process that is fun, clarifying, eye-opening, and energizing. I'll be with you every step of the way.