Substitute Management

What is Financial Flexibility and Why Does it Matter to K-12?

Since the launch of the Wagestream partnership, which is available to K-12 districts who use Frontline Absence Management, we’ve been talking a lot about financial flexibility. But what does that really mean and why is this absolutely critical for K-12 school districts? Our lives are becoming increasingly flexible with the growing popularity of on-demand products […]

Substitute Management

Preparing Substitutes for the Classroom

It’s a story familiar to many school leaders: teachers are absent, and there aren’t enough substitute teachers to meet the need. Classes are combined, other teachers give up their planning periods, and paraprofessionals or administrators are compelled to fill in. In any case, student learning is derailed, and other staff lose valuable time to plan […]

Substitute Management

Talk Data to Me: Does Using a Mobile App Impact Substitute Fill Rates?

Back in 2020, we explored the importance of substitute teacher engagement in maximizing your organization’s absence fill rate. But what about the way substitutes accept jobs in your district? Can that impact fill rates as well? Spoiler alert: Yes. Data from a Frontline survey of substitute teachers tells us that substitutes prefer to receive absence notifications through […]

Substitute Management

Talk Data To Me: The Impact of Substitute Pay on Fill Rate

Substitute teacher shortages have been widely reported in national and local media outlets across the country. The shortages are so severe in some areas that they have forced school closures.  Data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute has consistently shown pandemic-induced drops in absence fill rates (the percent of teacher absences being filled by […]

Substitute Management

Talk Data to Me: Why Substitute Engagement Matters More Than Ever This Year

Students may still be out for the summer in many parts of the US, but administrators and school officials are hard at work, planning for the start of a school year for which few feel ready. Though the list of COVID-related apprehensions is long, a potentially unprecedented number of teacher absences is near the top. […]

Human Resources

(VIDEO) Explain It Like I’m 9: Low Substitute Fill Rates? Your Substitute Teachers Might Not Be Accepting Jobs.

Ah, new beginnings… Welcome to the first episode in a new series from Frontline Education: “Explain It Like I’m 9.” In each episode, our elementary and middle school-aged experts will take a quick look at a data point that impacts school leaders. Then, they’ll examine what it can tell us, and offer some takeaways or […]

Substitute Management

Absence and Substitute Management (Aesop) Frequently Asked Questions

Questions on our absence and substitute management tool formerly known as Aesop? You’ve come to the right place! Here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear from school districts who are researching Frontline Absence & Time for automated sub-calling and leave management. Don’t see your question here? Don’t hesitate to contact us! […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space