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Do you like to geek out on substitute teaching, too? Our blog is designed for people in education looking for new ideas, resources and tried-and-true strategies to improve the substitute teaching experience.

A Letter of Thanks to Substitute Teachers

In honor of Substitute Educators Day, I write this letter to you, the “guest teachers” who worked in my various classrooms over the years. First grade, second grade, computer lab – you covered them all, ably, at a moment’s notice, and to my eternal gratitude.

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A Case for Substitute Teacher PD

What do substitute teachers need to thrive? If a recent West Contra Costa Unified School District professional development day is any indication, it’s: teaching resources, a chance to interact with other subs, and the space to try out new ideas.

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Joining the Substantial Team

I’ve joined the amazing team at Substantial as we reimagine the sub experience for everyone involved, from the district sub coordinator to the substitute teacher to students themselves.

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The Benefits of College Student Substitute Teachers

This spring my district, West Contra Costa Unified, partnered with Substantial to recruit college seniors to serve as substitute teachers in our schools. Here are three reasons why hiring college students as substitute teachers makes sense for my district, and why I think you should try it in yours…

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