LinkedIn for Teachers Masterclass [$97]
Think COVID-19 has ruined your chance to do the work that means the most to you? Think again…
The most powerful advocacy tool is the one that empowers you to say, “Hell no.”
What would you do with a get-out-of-jail free card if I gave you one?
From someone who is not only a teacher, but also helped build a LI masterclass for professionals, which sold for $3000 per seat. This time of pandemic, bringing this to the people I know need it most, affordable.
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I’m Ashley Nance, multiple state-certified special education teacher and entrepreneur, and here’s what this is all about.
Can you remember the moment you “became” a teacher? The first spark for me was when I asked a nonverbal 8-year-old an open-ended question and he answered me verbally--twice in a row!
I knew then that I would make every sacrifice I had to that moment, and more again, if only it meant I could help him use his voice one more time.
In that moment, I knew what it meant to teach.
Here’s what else I know: the sinking feeling when I realized my family size had just outgrown my teaching salary, and with my husband’s career then in a nasty reversal, the onus was going to be on me to make the ends meet.
It’s one thing to have a professor sit you down in a college class, and warn you that you don’t go into teaching to be paid well (or be appreciated); to wrestle with that, and accept it philosophically.
It’s another thing to face the implications when it feels like fate just gave you a choice between the career you love, and the well-being of your family.
That moment was painful for me, but it vaulted this dewy-eyed young educator into the world of business. And that was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.
My time in business taught me the true “market value” of the skills I’d developed as a teacher. It forced me to learn new skills that, as a teacher, would never even have occurred to me: How to market myself. How to network. How to negotiate.
But the moment that led to the single greatest leap in growth was when I brought all these skills together on LinkedIn. My reach, my opportunities, my impact--all of it--once I built up my LinkedIn presence, everything expanded exponentially. It was like whole worlds of opportunity opened up that I’d never even dreamed of.
I could network my way into all the flexible, part-time work I wanted--including some truly amazing projects like:
Eventually, I had to learn to say “no” just to save time for being truly present “at home.”
I got to spend my time “home” teaching my own kids--doing the kind of 1:1 and small group instruction I fell in love with in college.
And I realized, with overwhelming gratitude: I hadn’t left teaching behind at all. I’d stumbled, almost by accident, on the secret to making a dream career out of it. Somehow, I’d discovered the very best of both worlds.
But I’d also discovered a position of strength. I had a strong network and options for work around every corner!
For the first time in my life, if someone tried to shift their workload to me “for free,” or to coerce me into doing something I believed was wrong, I could tell them to go play in traffic.
My network had become the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card.
I’d never even imagined I’d need that as a teacher. But here it gave me power--power to stand up for myself, colleagues and customers when I saw someone being abused.
It’s a power I’ve used a lot.
It’s a power I desperately want you and every other teacher to have, right now.
For you and me and every teacher, the Coronavirus is more than a public health crisis. It’s an unmasking of assumptions and attitudes about teaching that strikes at the heart of what this profession is all about.
Could you ever have guessed in your college days you’d live to see a dystopia where:
You would be suddenly furloughed or haphazardly dumped into “virtual instruction,“ only to then be declared so “essential” you had to go to work--even when precautions are clearly inadequate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (But if anyone gets sick, it’s your fault…)
Districts got millions of dollars to disinfect classrooms, yet janitorial staff there “get around” to cleaning up maybe every other day.
Teachers got only one bottle of hand sanitizer or one canister of clorox wipes per month to clean an entire classroom after every class.
[Meme here: Presumably teachers will just pay for this out of their own pockets, like they do with other school supplies.]
Some districts required teachers to keep coming even after known exposure to COVID (but, quarantined from family, friends, church, etc.--because that makes sense) “until they develop symptoms,” essentially reducing every teacher to a glorified “canary in a coal mine.”
Other districts’ reopening plans were so bad teachers wondered out loud if administrators were trying for an outbreak, just to get out of starting up again.
Parents actually planned to “just not disclose” if their children tested positive--to “keep the numbers down.”
In other words, where teachers and teaching would be so disposable they’d be willing to potentially throw away not only your life and that of your family, but also those of your students and their vulnerable family members as well?
But it’s all true! And it’s happening to us!
I know teachers who would not flinch in a live shooter situation. They are flinching now.
Yet the moment you dare speak up for your students, to advocate for the vulnerable--you’re labelled “selfish” and “greedy”--and sometimes worse things than that.
Your contract is held over your head like a cracking bullwhip to compel compliance--and in many places, even the unions are complicit with this!
Meanwhile, those who have given the longest and often the best service to their schools are forced to choose between losing their livelihood, benefits, and retirement--everything they had after years of devoted service--or risk dying from infection.
Clearly, loyalty has become a sucker’s game.
[Meme: Lose my retirement, die of want; keep my retirement, die of COVID]
And for what? So those who see teachers as nothing but babysitting service for the country’s urchins can get the “real workers” back to the grind of their own 8-5 jobs? 
The bureaucratic types running the show think they hold all the cards. They’ve mistaken our spirit of self-sacrifice for weakness.
They’ve been able to flatter, bully, shame, or gaslight teachers to “get with the program” in the past--all on the pretense that “these students need us.”
And now these same people--whose primary concern is clearly something other than students’ well-being (or ours, or our families’)--think the same trick will work again.
In fact, they’re counting on it.
But they’re wrong. They’re wrong because this time, they’re not actually asking us to make one more “sacrifice” for our students. They’re not asking us to “take another hit” to protect a young person, “because they need us.”
Now they’ve stripped even that ruse from us.
This time, they’re just ordering us to throw these kids under the bus.
And it’s so utterly, repulsively against our unspoken code, to have to tell a traumatized 7 year old who needlessly got COVID in our classroom, and passed it to a loved grandparent, “It’s not your fault,” that teachers who have taken every other abuse with gritted teeth are finally just done.
Hard no. Sorry-not-sorry.
Because no. Teachers aren’t weak, selfish, greedy, or anything else. We’re advocates. And today, advocacy means having the power to tell the powers that be: “Go play in traffic.”
That power won’t come from the three months’ savings it takes to find a new teaching job--they’ve made sure we don’t have even that to spare.
But it will come from seeing clearly “the system” doesn’t have a monopoly on the work you care about--that you have options outside the system.
From knowing you’re surrounded by a network of people ready to help you switch jobs, switch careers, or even, if necessary, build something entirely new from the ground up.
From having options to negotiate with, or--if push comes to shove--to replace the benefits and retirement your administration so blithely threatens to steal from you.
From having the ability to say, with confidence, “I will take my valuable skills elsewhere before I help you hurt these kids.”
So, let me ask you this question:
If I gave you a get-out-of-jail-free card, right now, what would you do with it?
What would you do?
Because here’s the thing: As I discovered during my years in business, once you have a network and a fallback plan--a credible nuclear option--the “powers that be” no longer hold the cards. And whether you ultimately decide to stay or go, that changes how you carry yourself, how you move through the world, how you breathe, now.
It changes the words you choose and the tone of your voice as you explain--again--that:
I know you don’t have years to figure this out.
I know your mental and physical health won’t hold out that long.
I know you need more than hope and positive thinking to get you out of the trenches and into the light.
[faith hope pixie dust]
That’s why I’ve built an at-your-own-pace video course to give you the sweetened-condensed version of all the LinkedIn networking skills you need to get started.
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I’ve bent over backwards to make this training digestible, actionable, and affordable, so anyone can take the course and start benefiting from it right away.
Here’s What’s Included:
Oh, and for this round only, I’m also including
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That’s right: For less than 2 weeks of your favorite brand of coffee. [?] (Less than the price of )
Now, the truth is, this course isn’t for everyone. If you already have an airtight strategy, an ace up your sleeve for handling this, a lot of this will probably be redundant for you.
But if the recent revelations of just how low some people and some districts will stoop to bully teachers have convinced you that working “with” the system like you have in the past is going to reduce you into an accomplice, rather than an advocate--or even threaten your own or loved ones’ lives--you know you need a get-out-of-jail card in your hand.
If your heart and conscience are driving you to another district, another profession, going into business for yourself, or just to be able to “bluff” with some real teeth, you know you’ve already started the journey toward the respect you and your profession deserve.
And if, like many others, you’ve promised yourself that this is your year--your last year teaching--you know that commitment to yourself is something you must keep, and not on my account. If you stand for this treatment even one more day without taking a step toward the way out - blessedly, decisively, permanently out - your mental health may not make it through this year.
You don’t have to play by “their” rules. The only thing standing between you and the ability to confidently stand up to power is the toolset I’ve described here. I’ve lived it. It works. All you need now are the tools--the network--you need to forge ahead with confidence.
In my experience, it takes about a year from the time you get started to really get confident and build out a solid network--which means if you start now, you’ll be well positioned by the end of the year. But that clock doesn’t start ticking until you take the first step--of getting yourself out on LinkedIn.
to build up a LinkedIn presence that has garnered the respect of major influencers across several industries...
Hope is starting a new day knowing you get to come first now.
Results come from taking that hope out of bed with you and getting stuff done!
Resume Masterclass for teachers [$97]
3x live Q&A
LI Masterclass teaches crucial skills everyone needs. It becomes your online resume and the core of your networking strategy.
But depending on the job you want, you may also need a resume. [Many of the teachers I interact with also need…]
[Story] I paid two people $97 before I realized I could do better myself--which is what started me writing resumes; one of them put the format so I couldn’t edit it; titled my cover letter as resume--so I mistakenly applied with it, thus shooting my job prospects in the foot. You don’t need that--and you won’t get it from me.
This class builds on the skills you learn in the LI Masterclass:
But for $97 [same price as my hack-job rookies cost me] this class goes deeper into how to construct an ink-on-paper resume or CV that looks and feels amazing to your ideal new employer,
[Why is the Q&A not part of the $97?]
[Here: PDFs, Email support, same forever access policy.]
I can’t promise you’ll get every job you apply to; but I can...
If you really need to hit the bullseye, need additional help, for $50 you can have access to 3 live Q&A trainings, PLUS an hour of my time, one-on-one, to fine-tune the crafting of the document, make sure it is casting you in the very best light, and make absolutely sure it makes you look like someone an employer would be proud to hire.
You can do this.
Upsell: DFY Resume [$450]
DFY LI [$450]
DFY Both [$597]
[Also push this as the upsell in email campaigns post hoc]
Sometimes you just need it done, now. If that’s you, I don’t want to leave you hanging.
Priority attention from me or one of my incredibly talented assistants/clear the schedule
Quick turnaround [timeframe?]
Finished product you can feel proud of.
In an easy-to-update format, so you have total control of the finished product.
(Guarantee:) Impressed, or you get a redo
One click upsell to Resume class, if not purchased.
We took this job to serve and protect children