Our work is based on partnerships with school districts, non-profits and individuals committed to exploring new opportunities and ensuring our most valuable resource – student time – is used in the best way possible. We help you access the information you have, inspire you with new ideas, support you to articulate a meaningful strategy, and then lower the bar to action by providing templates, tools and structures for implementation.
Check out these ideas for how we might start working together.
Substitute Data Dashboards
Learn what’s really happening in your sub system
How many subs in your pool are active? How does coverage vary across sites? Are most sub requests pre-planned or last-minute? The answers may surprise you. Check assumptions, debunk myths and geek out by diving deep into your sub system data. You’ll receive interactive data dashboards built to harness the power of Tableau (without purchasing software!) each fall, winter and spring. Use data to help you understand where to focus your energy and develop solutions.
Our dashboard currently supports districts using eSchools SmartFind Express and Frontline Aesop/Absence Management.
Building capacity at all levels
Designed for HR directors and/or assistant superintendents responsible for subs, this course helps you create a plan to attract and retain subs — plus design an onramp for subs to pursue full-time teaching. This 10-week course is two hours per week, with a mix of self-paced coursework, assignments and one-on-one coaching.
Whether you’re trying something new with your sub system, feeling stuck or want inspiration based on what other districts are doing, coaching can help. Our coaching model works for district staff at all levels — from those managing the tactical and day-to-day to those defining the strategic vision. We help you restructure work and use time more efficiently to get to great results.
Professional Development for Subs
Setting subs up for success in the classroom
Substantial’s energetic trainers lead trainings with current and prospective subs on everything from getting credentialed and what subbing is like, to teaching techniques and tips for engaging with students.
We’re developing online and in-person training modules you can offer to your subs year round. Get notified about upcoming training offerings by signing up for our newsletter.
Customized engagements that amplify capacity