Substitute Teachers

A Brownsville Independent School District bus acts as a WI-FI hotspot for students needing to connect online for distance learning on the first day of class Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in the parking lot of the Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center in Brownsville, Texas. The bus is one of 20 hotspots throughout the city to help students have access to their online classes as part of the remote start to the school year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Several shool buildings in different parts of the country have had to shut down in recent weeks due to a lack of available bus drivers.
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School & District Management Staff Shortages Affect Students, Too. Here's Where Schools Are Shutting Down
A few months into the third academic year in a row disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, at least several dozen school buildings in numerous states have had to shut down due to inadequate staffing.
Mark Lieberman, October 21, 2021
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Stephanie LeBlanc, instructional strategist at Greeley Middle School in Cumberland Center, Maine.
Stephanie LeBlanc, an instructional strategist at Greely Middle School in Cumberland Center, Maine, has picked up numerous additional duties to help cover for staffing shortages at the school.
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School & District Management How Staff Shortages Are Crushing Schools
Teachers are sacrificing their planning periods, students are arriving hours late, meals are out of whack, and patience is running thin.
Mark Lieberman, October 15, 2021
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School & District Management The Already Dire Substitute Shortage Could Get 'Worse Before It Gets Better'
School districts are trying all sorts of tactics, including increasing pay and relaxing requirements, to get more subs in classrooms.
Madeline Will, October 13, 2021
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A "Bus Drivers Wanted" sign is shown Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. A shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a new school year already facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and conflicts over whether masks should be required in school buildings.
A "Bus Drivers Wanted" sign is shown Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. A shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a new school year already facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and conflicts over whether masks should be required in school buildings.
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Recruitment & Retention 'No Respect and No Support': K-12 Workers Explain Why Schools Struggle With Staffing
Bus drivers, custodians, and other school employees share stories of low pay, meager benefits, minimal respect, and dangerous conditions.
Mark Lieberman, September 24, 2021
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Recruitment & Retention This District Built a Better, More Reliable Supply of Substitute Teachers. Here's How
A Rhode Island school district tackles one of the biggest staffing challenges for school administrators. So far, it's working.
Elizabeth Heubeck, September 2, 2021
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Hands holding a monochromatic head shaped puzzle of a classroom with three colorful pieces of green grass, sunshine, and trees floating around the puzzle . Mental health concept.
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Teaching Profession Students Are Getting Mental Health Days. So Why Don't Teachers?
As the push grows for student mental health days, a Maryland teenager advocates for giving the same to teachers.
Madeline Will, August 3, 2021
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A parent, center, completes a form granting permission for random COVID-19 testing for students as he arrives with his daughter, left, at P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold Elementary School on Dec. 7, 2020, in New York.
A parent, center, gives consent for random COVID-19 testing for students as he arrives with his daughter, left, at P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold Elementary School in New York last December.
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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.
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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.
Holly Kurtz, November 24, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention The Scramble to Find Substitute Teachers
Some districts are paying bonuses, some are lowering qualifications, and one is assigning central office staff to substitute at least one day per week.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 26, 2020
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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?
Madeline Will, May 17, 2019
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Flo Rice, who was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on the day a student gunman killed 10 people, was shot multiple times in both legs. Since the shooting, Rice and her husband have advocated for substitute teachers to be included in all school safety trainings and drills.
Flo Rice, who was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on the day a student gunman killed 10 people, was shot multiple times in both legs. Since the shooting, Rice and her husband have advocated for substitute teachers to be included in all school safety trainings and drills.
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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.
Evie Blad, May 15, 2019
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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.
Liana Loewus, February 21, 2018
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Jill Vialet
Jill Vialet
Teaching Profession Q&A 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.
Liana Loewus, October 13, 2017
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Education Funding Substitute-Teacher Shortages Put Schools to Test
As the economy improves, administrators are turning to billboards, Twitter, and college job fairs to keep classrooms staffed.
Brenda Iasevoli, January 17, 2017
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