It’s surreal to be writing this from one of the 150 new TpT offices — like most teams, TpT is working from home until further notice. Amid barking dogs, breaks for math lessons, and makeshift home workstations, it’s made me incredibly proud to see Team TpT work harder than ever to take care of educators in this time of need.
As I shared last week, our first step is offering TpT School Access for free for U.S. schools affected by coronavirus. With TpT School Access, teachers can get more of the resources they need to continue student learning through the end of the 2020 school year. As an important part of this effort, TpT Teacher-Authors — who are experienced educators and often parents themselves — are being paid for every resource accessed through this offer.
When we set out with this initiative, we hoped to support thousands of teachers. Our initial goals have been blown away by the response from administrators and schools across the country. Early demand suggests we’ll be able to help over 100,000 teachers nationwide.
This means TpT is able to put more resources in the hands of teachers, particularly as school districts announce they’re closing for longer periods of time. This also means TpT is rapidly scaling our infrastructure and reorganizing our teams to meet this increased demand. Our team is working nonstop to onboard schools to TpT School Access as quickly as possible, and we will continue to do so.
At the same time, we know that many educators — including hundreds of thousands of parents — have been turning to TeachersPayTeachers.com to find the resources they need to teach students at home.
And our incredible community of Teacher-Authors have quickly answered the call. Whether it’s creating videos for at-home instruction or sharing resources to stay connected with your class, Teacher-Authors have generously stepped in to support, all while juggling their own personal situations.
We believe in teachers’ expertise and want to do everything we can to surface it. That’s why today, we’ve launched our new Distance Learning Hub: a central place our community can go to access the latest resources tagged for distance learning, as well as strategies and tips from our Teacher-Author community. We’ll continue to update this hub on an ongoing basis with resources and input from the TpT community, so please check back.
And above all, Team TpT will continue to work around the clock in partnership with our Teacher-Authors to make sure you can get what you need, when you need it.
In the meantime, please continue to take care of yourselves and each other.