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
Respectful teachers and aides who answer questions and assist as often as possible
Your district will provide clear expectations
Your classrooms offer engaging content
They are likely to see administrative involvement at the principal level or higher
Most importantly, you can hire and train them right away
Second, they need to know that you will provide them with the proper tools to be able to handle any class they might be assigned to. Popular topics include:
How to diffuse conflict
Training on emergency situations
Training on classroom management
How to effectively follow lesson plans
Cultural and socioeconomic awareness
Utilizing classroom technology
After you have hired these fantastic folks and they are actively subbing in your schools, how do you retain them? A few things to consider:
Enrichment and growth opportunities
Benefits or incentives
This is just a snippet of the feedback we've received from guest teachers in various school districts across California. Imagine the feedback we could get from subs in your district and potential subs in your community! We ask the right questions, develop the right strategic plan, and implement our changes right away.
Give us a call to set up a meeting where we can discuss how we can customize our services to best serve your district and get your coverage rates up to where they should be!
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