Substitutes as Educators
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.
This year, substitutes are poised to play a uniquely important role.
If a teacher has a sore throat, that’s now considered a “COVID-like symptom,” and it’s a good reason for that teacher to stay home.
Greater teacher absences mean a greater need for substitutes, but substitute teaching is a difficult job that is often dogged with stereotypes or unfavorable preconceptions. These factors contribute to substitute shortages and low fill rates.
What can you do to help overcome these challenges?
With a holistic approach to substitute management that focuses on treating substitutes like the educators they are, you can build a first-rate substitute program that works better for everyone: students, substitutes, and teachers — and that makes your life easier, as well.
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 an impact.
- How to overcome common challenges by changing the perception of substitute teaching.
- 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.