Teachers Grow, found at www.teachersgrow.com, is a free online resource for teachers offering access to lesson ideas, strategies and coaching supports. Teachers Grow, LLC, was launched this past fall and has hundreds of site visitors who enjoy the ability to “Grow into their Greatness” as teachers who experience genuine interactions with real peers within a safe social media forum.

Teachers can receive supports from personal teaching coaches who volunteer their time to provide suggestions and advice. Teachers can give and receive support while sharing and exchanging ideas and strategies with peers, as well as view prerecorded videos of lessons and trainings. Once teachers register, they receive free access to an extensive catalog of training and model lessons and training videos as well as children’s book reviews with modeled read-alouds. Teachers Grow encourages teachers to upload and share educational resources, images of children’s work, projects, class displays, tried-and-true management ideas, research articles, and more.

NJEA member Donna Gilbert-Akins is the creator of Teachers Grow. During the early years, her passion for teaching young learners was ignited in Newark, teaching preschool through fourth-grade students. Soon thereafter she began providing coaching supports and professional development to early education teachers throughout the state.

“Coach Donna” has spent the past 17 years observing, coaching and supervising pre-K and kindergarten teachers in Newark, Asbury Park, Winfield Township, and Trenton. When her passion for providing coaching supports to thousands of teachers became possible via the internet, this 30-year New Jersey teaching veteran wasted no time bringing her idea for an online educational portal for teachers to life.

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