Substitutes Can Be A Valuable Part Of The Classroom Experience, With Subsantial.
When you take a look at the website for Substantial Classrooms you can immediately tell they are changing the world of substitute teaching for the betterment of learning. They should though, during a students K-12 career they are going to cumulatively spend about an entire school year in the care of a substitute teacher. That’s a lot of classroom instruction time and when done the old way, it’s a complete waste.
For many schools and students substitutes are there to take roll, make sure kids don’t kill each other and hold them in the classroom until the next bell rings. When a teacher comes down with some serious ailment or maternity leave, a lot of instruction is lost. The founder of Substantial, Jill Vialet is doing something about it. She’s changing the way we look at substitute teachers and helping substitute teachers become a tool in a students education and not a hinderance.
Vialet first became a substitute teacher while she was working for another company that she started that provided recess time coaches to keep kids engaged. A friend of hers asked her if she could be a substitute for a week and her life was forever changed.
Substantial provides professional development and leadership development for substitute teachers. They offer coaching and consulting for substitute teachers and for school administrators and district representatives that are looking to turn substitute teaching onto it’s head.
First you need to change the mindset of everyone involved in the substitute process and then as substitutes are turned into meaningful parts of the education cycle. Once that’s achieved Substantial also also offers substitute data dashboards which helps administrators better manage their substitute pool .
At this point in time there’s no excuse for substitutes to just sit around and “watch the kids” make a Substantial change in your substitute pool. Find out more at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th in the AT&T EdTech Startup Pavilion, Booth #1644 and online at substantialclassrooms.org