Welcome to all members seeking to learn and all who want to help support K12/Higher Ed professionals transition to jobs in L&D!
TPLD Mission and Vision
We are a community of practice for teachers moving to L&D and others interested in L&D community building. Our mission is to support K12 and higher education teachers for FREE as they navigate transitioning out of teaching and into the field of Learning and Development (currently with a focus on Instructional Design).
To do this, we offer:
this website that serves as a one-stop shop for many resource links
a supportive community group on LinkedIn
a webinar series via our YouTube Channel
regular online events to support the Teacher Transition community in topics related to Learning and Development, upskilling, job hunting, and more
Not sure where to get started? Check out our self-guided path by clicking the "Getting Started" button below!
A welcome from Sara Stevick, TPLD founder:
We know there are many barriers teachers encounter:
Guilt and Uncertainty: "I always wanted to be a teacher, I love teaching, and I love the kids..." I know you do. So did I! But if you want to know more about changing careers from teaching to instructional design for whatever reason, we are here to help for free. You are not "less than" or a "bad person" for wanting to do something new. Any other professional would not be looked at twice for wanting to career switch, so please do not let others guilt you into staying if you're ready for something new.
Little Resources for Costly Programs: There is no catch, no "Well, here is my first session for free, but if you want to know more...". TPLD is a fully volunteer group that does not sell anything! There are many people who are willing to help those in their journey for free, or for a reasonable price (though TPLD will never collect any money from you), and this resource is designed to help guide you to those resources so you can decide what is best for your journey. There is no one way to become an L&D professional or instructional designer--in fact, you have already been doing most of the work of an ID during your time as a teacher (though it is very important to note there is a learning curve, and you will have to put in the effort to fill those knowledge gaps, but it is possible, and it is possible for free.)
Imposter Syndrome or Struggling with Self-Worth: You have A LOT to offer, and we see you! And guess what?! So do many other people, including hiring managers!
So, if this is something you've always wanted to learn more about, we're here to help. There is no commitment you have to make, or decision you have to make other than to yourself. We are just here to provide the details, judgement (and payment) free.
Looking forward to getting to know you! Select the button below to meet the rest of our current team.
--Sara Stevick and the Team at TPLD
Upcoming TPLD Events and Programs
April 12: TPLD Presents webinar @7:30 EST/4:30PST (select the image for link)
Ongoing: Join us on the LinkedIn Community every Wednesday for #WAYWO Wed. ("What Are You Working On Wednesday") where you can get community manager, mentor, and peer review of resumes, portfolios, and projects by posting what you're working on! (This is a Listed Community but posts are only public to members.)
Check Out Our FREE Support Resources!
View samples of resumes that former teachers used to land careers in L&D! Need help with your resume? Look for our mentoring sessions to help workshop resumes or ask for help in the community on #WAYWO Wednesdays.
ID Transition Tool Kit
While not technically TPLD's material, we're HUGE fans of Karthick Richard's ID Transition Tool Kit! With Karthick's toolkit, you can quickly research and compare different offerings available from a third-party learning enthusiast.
And More Resources!
Check out our Resources page for L&D websites, job boards, podcasts, professional organizations, tech tools to learn, YouTube videos, and more we recommend! Note: This page may be out of date and will be updated throughout Spring 2023.