As your district seeks to provide an outstanding education to students, don’t overlook the crucial role that substitutes play. They step into unfamiliar settings and bring energy and passion to education. They manage classrooms of students who may not always exhibit a burning desire to learn.
It’s a difficult job, and is often dogged with stereotypes or unfavorable preconceptions — leading to problems like substitute shortages and low fill rates. But these challenges can be overcome by a holistic approach to substitute management that focuses on treating substitutes like the educators they are.
Of course, a first-rate substitute program doesn’t happen by accident. It takes work, planning and a deep understanding of your substitutes themselves. But you don’t have to start from scratch — we’ve put together a free white paper on creating a substitute program that truly makes a difference for your students, substitutes and teachers.
- How to overcome common challenges by changing the perception of substitute teaching
- What steps you can take to ensure that substitutes are eager to work in your schools and engaged in the classroom.
- Why recognition and a sense of community help attract more substitutes to the district.