The Importance of Paraprofessionals

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    When we think of the people responsible for educating our children, we typically think of teachers. But there is another unsung hero in America’s classrooms whose job is just as important as a teacher’s — the paraprofessional. There are currently more than 250,000 paraprofessionals working in schools across the country. They typically assist… Read more »

With Teacher Shortages, Subs More Important Than Ever

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With multiple states across the nation experiencing teacher shortages, substitute teachers are more in-demand than ever. According to Frontline Technologies, 62 percent of districts surveyed have a problem finding enough applicants for open positions. Opinions vary on what is causing the shortage — slashed budgets, low enrollment in teacher training programs, low pay — and… Read more »

Differences Between Substitute Teacher Licenses

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  If you are thinking of becoming a substitute teacher in Kansas or Missouri, there are a few requirements you must meet before you can begin your new career. Besides passing a background check and having the proper education, you will need to obtain one of the substitute teaching licenses required by each state. But… Read more »

3 Big Reasons Professional Development is Vital for Substitute Teachers

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  Educators spend years in the classroom preparing for their profession. So the thought of additional education can irk some teachers. Though continuing your education can be a time-consuming endeavor, it is extremely important — not only for your career but for your students as well. More Available Jobs Substitute teaching can offer a flexible… Read more »

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

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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 »

5 Tips for Being a Successful Substitute Teacher

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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 »

Get to Know the MHED Staff

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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 »

How to Become a Substitute Teacher

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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 »