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Changing the Conversation About Substitute Teaching

Substantial Bright Spots

Bright Spots is a bi-weekly post, highlighting schools, districts, organizations and cities across the country taking proactive steps to improve the substitute teaching experience. This week, we’re highlighting county-wide training in PA, an unconventional political candidate in SD, a determined substitute in WI, and some helpful policemen in Canada!

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Substantial Bright Spots

Bright Spots is a bi-weekly post, highlighting schools, districts, organizations and cities across the country taking proactive steps to improve the substitute teaching experience. This week we feature: the success of full-time substitutes, proactive recruiting efforts, growing your own subs, tapping the potential of subs as full time teachers, and creating resources to help address sub shortages.

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Bringing a Little Kindness and Innovation to Teacher Absence

Yesterday’s Washington Post included an eye catching headline: one in four teachers miss 10 or more days of school, earning the label “chronically absent.” Although the article was careful to present a balanced view, the comments section quickly devolved into the predictable argument about valuing vs vilifying teachers.

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Substantial Bright Spots

Bright Spots is a bi-weekly post, highlighting schools, districts, organizations and cities across the country taking proactive steps to improve the substitute teaching experience. This week’s Bright Spots include: pay raises across the country, proactive recruitment, recognizing the difference when a sub sits in (and rewarding students for it), incentivizing teachers to reduce the burden on the sub pool, a substitute teacher of the year, athletes who pitch in, and a district where subs are integral to classrooms and plans for the future.

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Substitute Teaching: A Missing Piece in the Teacher Shortage Debate

While discussions about the growing teacher shortage have traditionally emphasized the failings of our teacher pipeline, the Learning Policy Institute’s (LPI) recent reports warn that our best chance at averting our current path toward a significant teacher shortage is to focus on teacher retention through improved “mentoring, induction, working conditions, and career development.” Defining the problem in this way has significant implications for how we might go about avoiding the crisis, and one significant, generally neglected, piece of the puzzle is substitute teachers.

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Substantial Bright Spots

Bright Spots is a bi-weekly post, highlighting schools, districts, organizations and cities across the country taking proactive steps to improve the substitute teaching experience. Here are the bright spots we’re excited to share with you this week: Community College Substitute Teacher Certification, Small District Substitute Training, Guest Teacher Program, Rewarding Loyalty, and Growing Their Own.

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A National Dilemma: Substitute Teachers In America’s Classrooms

Today, schools require a blend of preparation and talent from their teachers to promote achievement and personal development from their students. Classrooms reflect a diverse group of children impacted by unstable families, finances, and societal factors. Many students are not prepared for higher education, held to different social expectations than others. This reality appears inescapable for educators, regardless of their training, experience, or expertise.

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