Great teachers have to master the art of juggling and prioritizing—first there’s working with kids and parents. Then there’s student data to be analyzed, papers to grade, instructional materials to prepare, staff meetings to attend. Oh yeah, let’s not forget trying to make time for a personal life. This book has practical answers to all of the above so that we’re maximizing our time. I use Maia’s techniques on a daily basis and I think every teacher will find tons of wisdom within.
—Dave Levin, Co-Founder, KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)
We know from Teach For America’s research that organizational ability is a vital differentiating factor among the most successful urban and rural teachers. No one has contributed more to the organization skills of our teaching and alumni force than Maia Heyck-Merlin—her workshop ratings are off the charts! —and I am thrilled for the sake of the broader movement for educational excellence and equity that she has written this book to share her breakthrough insights and tools with all who are aspiring to increase their classroom impact.
—Wendy Kopp, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Teach For America
If you’re trying to be a rock-star teacher, you’re probably overwhelmed. So. Much. To. Do. The Together Teacher is the only tome that deals with your uber-busy workplace reality. Maia Heyck-Merlin’s strategies aren’t just good, they’re grrreat. Our teachers adore Maia and her methods.
—Mike Goldstein, Founder, MATCH Teacher Residency
Maia Heyck-Merlin knows that teaching can be an overwhelming experience, and over the years she has collected a toolkit full of personal organization practices that put teachers in control of the daily details in their lives. This book will help teachers become more organized, more effective, and less stressed by the multiple demands of the job.
—Jay Altman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FirstLine Schools, New Orleans, Louisiana
Maia’s practical strategies for organization and efficiency come with a deep understanding of how schools work and what teachers and leaders need to effectively manage their workload. Our school buildings are filled with people thinking, ‘What would Maia do?,’ and we’ve integrated many ‘Maia-isms’ into our work (and personal!) lives.
—Alicia Robinson, Chief Talent Officer, DC Prep, Washington, DC
Novice teachers rejoice! Finally, techniques that can help us maximize our time, stay organized, and maintain our sanity as we sprint through the gauntlet of our newfound profession.
—George Gianakakos, Middle School Teacher, Bridgeport Public Schools, Bridgeport, Connecticut
No one gets the realities of teaching like Maia Heyck-Merlin. In this book she focuses on a key, and often overlooked, ingredient to master teaching—organization. The Together Teacher is the most practical, high-impact, professional development book that I’ve read. It benefits both new and veteran teachers alike.
—LaNolia Omowanile, Principal, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Brooklyn, New York
The Together Teacher provided me with the tools to guide me out of the dark when I was so unorganized and overwhelmed that I wanted to curl up, cry, and call-out sick. Now, armed with the Together Teacher System and a plan, I feel like I can tackle the chaos of special education and take care of myself.
—Adzua Agyapon, Special Education Resource Room Teacher, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia
The Together Teacher is a lifesaver! The organizational system enables me to map out my days, weeks, and months with fluidity and ease. It holds me accountable to what I need to do for my classroom, my school, and other obligations so that I still have time to do what I want to do.
—Erin Stanley, Fifth Grade Teacher, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia
Management of time, to-dos, ideas, and materials is a crucial lever for every stage in a teacher’s advancement: from struggling novice to a solid veteran, from a veteran to a master instructor. This book contains practical and customizable strategies that can be easily incorporated by teachers and administrators at any stage in their development to meaningfully push their practice through the lens of time-management.
—Komal Bhasin, Principal, Excel Academy-East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
In a job that’s constantly pulling you in all directions, The Together Teacher provides a blueprint for keeping it together…teacher. Maia’s time-saving techniques have allowed me to focus on what’s really important—teaching. Maia’s strategies on how to become organized enough should be a core part of any teacher training program. You might not be able to work any harder as a teacher, but I guarantee these strategies will help you work smarter.
—Josh Lee, High School Teacher, New York City Public Schools, South Bronx, New York