Press Release

‘Share My Lesson’ Reaches Five Million Resource Downloads

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


Natalie Dean
Share My Lesson

In just a year and a half, educators and parents have downloaded more than 5 million free teaching resources on Share My Lesson, making it the most sought-after online collection of lesson plans and other materials, its creators announced today.

"Our leaders repeatedly tell teachers how critical they are to our students' education and their futures, but at the same time they have been hamstrung by austerity budgets that have drastically cut instructional resources and other tools and support teachers need. Teachers are hungry for these resources, particularly quality lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and increasingly are turning to," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Educators and parents can upload, download and rate tried-and-true materials. There are now more than 460,000 registered users and 300,000 free lesson plans, videos, handouts and teaching and parenting tips. Share My Lesson also boasts an extensive catalog of more than 31,000 resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The 5 million-download milestone is especially impressive from the perspective of the number of daily downloads, which have been averaging 10,000.

This has been an active time for users to download materials. In just the past week, Share My Lesson users downloaded 72,840 resources of which 17,895 were early-elementary, 19,167 were late-elementary, 32,952 were middle school, and 26,823 were high school resources. Additionally, Share My Lesson users are taking advantage of resource collections related to Black History Month  and are signing up for the site's first-ever free Teaching & Learning: Ideas and Innovations virtual conference. Registered users also heavily used collections on the Winter Olympic Games and the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

"Share My Lesson allows educators to share the collective wisdom of their colleagues and that makes them better, more creative teachers," said Louise Rogers, CEO of TSL Education, the parent company of TES Connect.

Created by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, Share My Lesson is the fastest-growing professional online community for educators in the United States. As a result of the innovative platform and high-impact content, it recently won the 2014 Codie Award for Best Crowd Sourced Solution.

For more about Share My Lesson, visit


Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1.6 million professionals, and TSL Education, creators of TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson is an award-winning online professional development community where educators can come together to share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank aligned to the Common Core State Standards, including advice and guidance to aid in their successful implementation. Share My Lesson is the 2014 Codie Award winner for Best Crowd Sourced Solution. For more, visit


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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.