We've all heard that Christina Aguilera song "What A Girl Wants", right? Now I've got it stuck in your head for the rest of the day...
However effective, my goal here is not to take you back to the early 2000 pop charts. Instead, it's to take a look at what substitutes in your classrooms need to feel prepared, successful, and ready to return to your classrooms again and again.
As you know, SubWorksPro focuses on three tried-and-true steps to create a self-sustaining pool of qualified and reliable guest teachers. Substitutes have different wants and needs at each stage of their employment within your district.
At first, they need to know what you can offer that will make this endeavor worth their while.
They need to know they can do the job and you will be there to support them. They need to know:
Your district boasts kind, attentive, and helpful front office staff
Respectful students who know the importance of a guest teacher's role
Since the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency, there has been a sharp rise in harassment and even violence against school students, staff, and teachers of color. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy organization, after the election, K-12 teachers across the countryreported an upswing in verbal harassment, the use of slurs and derogatory language, challenges to students’ perceived legal status, threats of deportation, and disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes, hanging roped nooses, and Confederate flags.
Districts are forced to send out e-mails to parents, warning them about this disturbing trend, and asking parents to have important discussions with their children, in order to put a stop to these incidents. District staff are undergoing team meetings, or professional development, on how to address the increased racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic rhetoric and harassment in the classroom.