Is It Legal for Teachers to Sell Lesson Plans?
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Is It Legal for Teachers to Sell Lesson Plans?

A lot of teachers are making money selling lesson plans and other teaching materials they have created themselves. Some are even making millions. But is selling lesson plans legal or they violating copyright laws?

Some critics are aghast at the idea, citing ethical pitfalls and implying that such a practice somehow cheapens the profession. Not so, say proponents, who believe it promotes excellent teaching and empowerment. (The extra cash doesn’t hurt, either, as at least one New York teacher who claims up to $36,000 in sales found out.)

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If you’re a teacher or perhaps an aspiring teacher, should you insist to include some verbiage in your employment contract to protect you from legal liability in case you decide to sell lesson plans that you create?

What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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