School & District Management Can Schools Really Reopen in 100 Days? How Staffing Could Hobble Biden's Plan
President Biden's vow to reopen schools depends on one of the biggest uncertainties in K-12 right now: assembling enough staff to run them.
School & District Management From Our Research Center Schools Grapple With Substitute Teacher Shortages, Medical Leave Requests, Survey Finds
The demand for substitute teacher positions is outpacing the supply, and the quality of those applying is a concern in many places.
Law & Courts Sick Teachers Paying for Substitutes: Where and Why It’s Happening
A California teacher battling breast cancer made headlines recently when she was told state law required her to pay for the cost of a sub during her treatment. Where else are these kinds of sick leave policies in place? And why aren’t the unions doing more to fight them?
School Climate & Safety Substitute Teacher Shot in Santa Fe High School Attack Says Subs Need Safety Training
Flo Rice, a substitute teacher who was grievously wounded in last year’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, said the incident exposed a massive blind spot in school safety: little to no emergency preparation for subs like her.
School & District Management Leader To Learn From A Modern Solution to the Problem of Teacher Absences
Robert Harris devised an out-of-the-box solution to quality substitute teaching in Lexington, Mass.—something few schools around the country have been able to creatively address. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
Teaching Profession The 'Elephant in the Classroom': Q&A on Substitute Teaching
Jill Vialet developed an innovative nonprofit aimed at transforming the way schoolchildren across the country experience recess. Now she’s begun a new organization to help schools be more strategic about hiring, training, and deploying substitute teachers.
Teaching Profession Opinion What the Shortage of Substitute Teachers Says About Public Education
We ask more of babysitters, playground monitors and burger flippers than substitute teachers--more qualifications, more on-the-job training, more care in selecting and retaining the right person for the job. If you start with the bar for admission and reward extremely low, you're making a statement about the work, as well as the people willing to do it.
Teaching Profession Opinion Why Consider Substitute Teaching? (I'm Talking to You, December Grads!)
Subbing is be a bridge to full-time employment for many educators. All of us who have ever filled out a standard application with a question about whether or not we'd be willing to substitute have paused to consider the option carefully.
Student Well-Being From Our Research Center 1 in 4 Teachers Miss 10 or More School Days, Analysis Finds
While teacher absenteeism rates vary widely from state to state, they aren't out of line with other professions, according to an Education Week analysis.
Teaching Profession Opinion And Then I Split My Pants...
Substitute teaching provides a great way to get your foot in the door for future job opportunities. Work hard to be the best substitute teacher you can be...and be ready for anything. Your ability to manage the unexpected speaks volumes to future employers.
Teaching Profession Opinion Supercharge Your Teaching Career - Substitute Teaching is FUN!
Substitute teaching is often the best way to get your foot in the door to ultimately land a teaching contract. Here are some tips to help you succeed in this role.