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President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law December 10, replacing the much maligned No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). ESSA aims to fix the one-size-fits-all approach created by NCLB, giving state and local officials more power over testing and accountability. President Obama called the passage of the bipartisan legislation a “Christmas… Read more »

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  While substitute teaching can be very rewarding, it can also be extremely challenging. Substitutes are expected to command a classroom full of kids they’ve likely never met and teach subjects in which they may not be an expert. They are expected to adapt to a number of factors outside their control. And, the majority… Read more »

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  The way in which school districts are finding substitutes is changing. Technological advances, the Affordable Care Act and low fill rates have all caused more and more school districts to outsource their substitute staffing needs. Working with a private substitute staffing firm has many advantages for school districts. Rather than deal with the headaches… Read more »

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  MHED uses a system called Absence Management to schedule substitute teaching jobs. Absence Management can be used online or over the phone and is an easy way for you to manage your substitute teaching schedule. If you are new to MHED, this quick start guide should give you enough information to get started: Logging… Read more »

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One of the biggest challenges for teachers is keeping students engaged. Unengaged students are unmotivated or uninterested in what’s being taught — and, if left alone, they can erode the positive learning environment teachers strive so hard to achieve. How do you, as a substitute teacher, successfully engage students in the small time you have… Read more »

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  Substitute teaching can be a rewarding experience. But if you’re new to the profession, you’re bound to encounter some challenges. Properly preparing for your first substitute teaching day is critical to having a successful experience. If you’re a fist-time substitute teacher, follow this helpful advice to mitigate any problems and ensure you have a… Read more »

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Ashley Peterson Substitute Staffing Specialist   As a former teacher, Ashley Peterson knows what it takes to work in education. Her educator background gives her unique insight into the needs of districts and substitutes alike. “Having been in the classroom for a number of years, I am able to act proactively to address the needs… Read more »

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  People become substitute teachers for a variety of reasons. If you’re thinking about starting a teaching career, substituting can be a great way to find out if the profession is for you. If you enjoy working with children and are looking to supplement your income, substitute teaching can provide a flexible way to do… Read more »