A Path to Learning and Development

Mission Statement

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, with a focus currently on Instructional Design.

We provide an 8-week webinar series in the spring and fall, a self-guided path, a website that serves as a one-stop shop for all kinds of resource links, a supportive community group on LinkedIn and Slack, and live office hours with professional instructional designers to help answer questions and provide resume/portfolio guidance.

What's New at TPLD?

  • WELCOME to all members and volunteers who want to #PayItForward and help K12/Higher Ed teachers transition to jobs in the Learning & Development field!

  • BEST WISHES to outgoing team members Heidi Kirby (Vice President,) Erin Chancellor (Director of Marketing/Media/Website,) Cheryl Oberlin (Mentor,) and Jennifer Burri (Book Club Founder & Manager!) Thank you for all you have done volunteering for TPLD!

  • Free L&D Events Calendar: On this page, you'll find an interactive Google calendar where we add both TPLD and 3rd party FREE L&D

  • Resume Samples: View samples of resumes that former teachers used to land careers in L&D! Need help with your resume? Sign up for a FREE one-on-one session with one of out mentors here!

Welcome to "Teaching: A Path to L&D"

Welcome from Sara Stevick (Founder & President)

"I love teaching, and I love the kids..." I know you do. So did I! But if you are wanting to know more about changing careers from teaching to instructional design for whatever reason, we are here to help for free.

No, there is no catch- no, "Well, here is my first session for free, but if you want to know more...". This all started because of what I experienced when I decided to change careers from teaching to instructional design.

When I first started looking at other possible options, I was met with a lot of obstacles that made me doubt myself, my abilities, and my resolve to do so. These obstacles included being made to feel guilty for "wanting to leave the children," individuals/programs offering to "help" but only for the low low cost of way more money than I had to spend, and being told I was "just a teacher." I wanted to offer teachers who were interested in this transition a different experience, one full of love, support, and compassion, where we focus on building each other up and learning together how to overcome these obstacles without putting ourselves into more debt than we already are.

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. You have A LOT to offer, and we see you! And guess what?! So do many other people, including hiring managers!

There are many people who are willing to help those in their journey for free, or for a reasonable price, 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 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.)

So if this is something you've always wanted to learn more about, come on in the water is fine! 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!



  • No one from Teaching: A Path to Learning and Development (TPLD) will ever ask for any money or credit card numbers

  • If they do, they are NOT affiliated with the TPLD initiative, and we kindly ask that you please report any such activity to transitioningtoid@gmail.com so it can be addressed.

Learn About the Career Change

Where are you on your journey to ID?

Heidi Kirby created a microlearning tutorial for everyone who is shifting from their teaching career to instructional design.

  • Tap your way through the course below that Heidi made using Kate Udalova's microlearning tool 7taps

Networking works!!!

How do you connect with other Learning and Development professionals? Follow @TPLD_Path on Twitter for updates, announcements, and networking tips!

Meet the Team

We are here to pay it forward!

Do you want to get to know the team and how this whole volunteer initiative came to be?

  • Scroll down to read our bios and get to know us

  • Our bios can also be found under the tab on the menu titled Our Team (that is the best option for reading our bios when viewing the website on a desktop computer)