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How to Get Ready for the School Year in
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Learn from an educator with 20+ years of experience how to set up and organize your K-5th grade classroom so you don't need to spend your entire summer preparing,
create a classroom management plan that works, and finally feel calm and confident about the first weeks of school.


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Yes, I met the one and only Oprah Winfrey. 💛

Not only did I get to meet her, I got to be part of a conversation with Oprah, Van Jones (CNN), Rebecca Welsh (The HALO Foundation), and eleven other participants about the impact of service on our lives as part of Oprah Daily's The Life You Want class.

But maybe most incredible of all, I had the opportunity to tell Oprah in detail about my larger vision for how I want to impact the lives of new teachers around the world.

It's the stuff of fairytales, my friends... except this one is true. You can read the full story on my blog by clicking here.

Dear Dr. Lori,

I'm trying not to cry. The Classroom Management Club is so darn amazing.  I'm loving so many things about it. I'm overwhelmed because so many amazing resources are in there. If I implement even 5 things from the Club and add it to what I have learned in the Academy, I may be the best teacher on campus. I met Harry and Rosemary Wong once. I attended their workshops, and I was a little star struck. I'm telling you, I feel that way about you but bigger because of the video and podcasts. You are my teaching guru. I'm a Christian, but for teaching, I follow you.

I just want you to know I’m going to be a fantastic teacher and it’s because of you. I needed your trainings to understand the importance of not just teaching a subject, but teaching a precious life. I don’t ever want to lose what I’ve learned. I’ve learned about love. Thank you!

- Amanda Taylor 



How much more confident would you feel if you had lunch once a week with a mentor teacher who shared her biggest secrets on how she manages her classroom?  

Well, now you can - with Dr. Lori!

With more than half a million downloads and 290+ episodes, get instant access to:

💛 Step-by-step strategies, tips, and resources.
💛 Honest, (sometimes super embarrassing but always entertaining), stories from the classroom.
💛 Classroom/kid-tested freebies.


"It's seriously like Christmas morning once a month!"

I was so excited when I learned about the Classroom Managment Club. I have been an avid listener of the podcast, a member of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, and have taken part in other professional development classes Dr. Lori has offered. This is my first year of teaching and I honestly don't know what that would have looked like without having discovered Dr. Lori and the valuable resources she has so thoughtfully created.

The Club is perfect for busy teachers like myself where we can grab what we need, and if it's not there, ask for help and get it! I have also made the time to take part in the PD classes again. It is a fantastic investment that I highly recommend! I look forward to each month when the new resources become available - it is seriously like Christmas morning once a month!  Thank you, Dr. Lori for providing the closest way possible to channeling your caring voice of experience into my classroom! ❤️  

- Natalie Prince Sanfelippo 


"What you're creating inside the Club is absolutely wonderful..."

“I just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful offerings inside The Classroom Management Club. I really am enjoying it! I got to implement a couple of your ideas today with great success in my challenging 6th grade classroom, so I’m super excited about that! Thank you for your amazing contributions to so many teachers’ lives. I think what you’re creating inside the Club is absolutely wonderful!"  - Mary Lindseth


"R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy has changed my life!"

Everything I was trying (and largely failing) to do or make on my own has been done and explained for me in this program. I am going into my third year of teaching and for the first time, I feel confident to approach a new school year, knowing I have the tools and resources to do it well.

This was the missing piece I've been looking for. If you are a new teacher wondering if you should invest in this course, my answer is yes! I do not feel overwhelmed like I did the past two years.

- Allison Stout



"This program is absolutely incredible."

This program is absolutely incredible.

Dare I say LIFE CHANGING for my classroom.

I will be going into my second year of teaching and this program has taken all the stress out for me.

Also, this program is worth so much more than what Lori is offering it for.

She is truly so kind and helpful. I highly recommend this program!

You will not regret it.

- Ashley Browning



Inspiring Teacher  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mrs. Friesen was my grade 2 teacher and I still remember her as being one of the most inspiring people I have been blessed to encounter. Mrs. Friesen taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to. This was something that my anxious 7 year-old self needed to be reminded of often, and she did just that. She truly made every student feel cared about and supported, regardless of their personal situation. After being in Mrs. Friesen's grade 2 class,  I was inspired and I knew I wanted to work with children in some capacity as well. I'm now 21 and pursuing a university degree that will allow me to do so. I will never forget the care that Mrs. Friesen showed each of her students. I can only hope that one day I will be able to impact a child's life as much as she impacted my own. Give this podcast a listen... this teacher is truly changing the lives of children in her classroom and she has a lot of advice to share. - Mackenzie G., Former Student (Alberta, Canada)

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lori's membership community, The Classroom Management Club, is open for enrollment year-round. If you want access to fresh, monthly resources to help you streamline your classroom management, click here to learn more and join us now!

Dr. Lori opens her signature online program, R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, for enrollment twice each year.

Enrollment for 2024 will begin again in the spring. This course is designed to walk new elementary teachers (who are in their first three years of teaching) through 5 steps during the summer months, supported by Dr. Lori and a community of like-minded educators, so they can feel fully prepared and ready for the school year.

To learn more and get on the waitlist for the Academy, please click here.

Subscribe to Dr. Lori's popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, on Apple Podcasts, as well as on Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher for weekly tips, freebies, and inspiration.

Also, join Dr. Lori's online community, The Classroom Management Club, to get seasonal resources, practical PD, and support delivered straight to your inbox every week! 

Finally, click here to join Dr. Lori's email list so you never miss out on an upcoming podcast, new training, or exciting new resource!

Yes! Check out Dr. Lori's Teachers Pay Teachers Store, with new, top-quality products added every week to keep your classroom running smoothly with tons of fresh and creative ideas and resources!

Also, if you'd love some help with your classroom management, you might want to check out her mini-course, Chaos to Confidence, by clicking here.

Absolutely. Click here to learn more now (and get on the waitlist so you are notified the moment the Academy opens)!

Wondering what the difference is between R.E.A.DY. for School Academy and The Classroom Management Club?

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Dr. Lori Friesen taught elementary school for ten years in Canada and overseas, and taught hundreds of pre-service teachers at the University of Lethbridge. Her Masters in Education work was published as The Beginning Teacher's Handbook for Elementary School, which sold thousands of copies as Lori presented at conventions across the country.

Dr. Lori completed her PhD in Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. She was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, the Isaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, the Doctoral Prize of Distinction, and the University of Alberta Ph.D. Recruitment Scholarship for her doctoral research. Dr. Lori was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement.

Over 2000 teachers have graduated from Dr. Lori's R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy and 3500 families have graduated with rave reviews from Dr. Lori's 1st and 2nd grade literacy program, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, which is currently being taught in California schools.


"The R.E.A.D.Y for School Academy is simply amazing!"

When I attended Mrs. Friesen's masterclass I was introduced to the basic topics that a first-year teacher should start thinking about, but I became overwhelmed with all the things I needed to think about, do, and/or didn't know how to do them.

Working myself through the R.E.A.D.Y for School Academy, I was given step-by-step instructions for all (not just the basic) aspects of setting up a classroom each year!! Mrs. Friesen guided me through easy ways to set up a fun, loving, and efficient learning environment for my students AND for myself!! She also opened my eyes to topics that I would have never considered thinking about before, until at least, my 5th year of teaching (why wait??)!!!

Having all of this knowledge and these resources as a first-year teacher is amazing and has given me confidence in starting my teaching career!

Thank you Mrs. Friesen and R.E.A.D.Y for School Academy!! 

- Brianna Shaw


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