November 30, 2023 • Insights
Contributed By: Jessie Weiser, Chief Operating Officer, Substantial Classrooms & Erin Ruegg, Director of Teaching & Learning, Substantial Classrooms
Are you hoping to provide more training and support to your substitute teachers in the coming year? You aren’t alone. Across the country, school districts are increasingly relying on subs to staff classrooms, and are grappling with how to better prepare and support them.
At Substantial, we work with HR teams around the country to implement meaningful professional development (PD) for subs. Through research and experience, we’ve learned what subs need to know and be able to do to be successful. We distilled the key skills, knowledge, and qualities into a Sub Competency Framework that serves as the foundation of SubSchool, our PD program, and can also guide you, if you want to design your own programming.
Whether you are building your own sub PD or seeking an external partner to provide it for you, keep in mind the “Five Rs” of strong professional learning programs for substitute teachers:
In this post-pandemic moment, with the teacher shortage and increased teacher absences, subs are being asked to teach more than ever before, and the need to provide them with quality professional learning is becoming increasingly urgent. Remember that the ultimate goal of any sub PD program is to support subs to become educators, not just placeholders. Subs must be equipped to keep learning going - and provide students with a positive, enriching experience - in every classroom where they work. It’s what your students - and your subs - deserve.
Substantial offers Red Rover partners a 10% discount on subscriptions to SubSchool, their professional development platform. Learn more at substantialclassrooms.org/subschool, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a demo today!
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