How Swing Education Helps This Substitute Teacher Do It All

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  Jose VanDerburg loves helping people and being active in the Los Angeles community. He also loves helping students which is one of the reasons he entered into education as a one-on-one and classroom aide with the local school district.   “It is great meeting and interacting with students on a daily basis,” said VanDerburg. “Having the opportunity to impact young … Read More

How Swing Education Helped This Substitute Teacher Get into the Classroom Quickly

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  After a more than 20-year break from substitute teaching, Valerie Pierce knew she wanted to return to education and follow her passion of helping students. This spurred her decision to go back to school and pursue a degree in special education studies. “I really just love being with students and trying to create an engaging learning environment for them … Read More

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in the Classroom

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*Swing recommends that substitute teachers get all outside teaching resources approved by the school prior to sharing with students. Wednesday, September 15th marks the kick-off of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latinx Americans. This date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the countries of … Read More

Inclusion, Determination, and Grit: Teaching Students Important Lessons from the Paralympic Games

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*Swing recommends that substitute teachers get all outside teaching resources approved by the school prior to sharing with students. The Paralympic Games, which are held every four years and kick off on August 24th in Tokyo, are a longstanding multi-sport event for athletes with physical, mental, and sensorial disabilities. The first Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960 and … Read More

End-of-Year Resources to Teach Students about Equity

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*Swing recommends that substitute teachers get all outside teaching resources approved by the school prior to sharing with students. As June marks both Juneteenth and Pride Month, now is a great time to reinforce the importance of equity with students through engaging, topical learning experiences. Also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration … Read More

Resources to Help Teach About and Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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*Swing recommends that substitute teachers get all outside teaching resources approved by the school prior to sharing with students. May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and acknowledge the culture, heritage, and history of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. According to The Library of Congress, May was chosen as it commemorates the immigration of … Read More

Women Rock Stars in Substitute Teaching: Catching Up with Hall of Famer Valerie Aduba

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In recognition of Women’s History month, we caught up with a phenomenal educator to share her impact story with the world.  Did you know more than 70 percent of the substitute workforce is made up of women? This equates to more than 900,000 women substitute teachers who day-in and day-out are making a difference in their school communities and with the … Read More

Black History – Free Educator Resources, Lesson Plans, and Stories

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*Swing recommends that substitute teachers get all outside teaching resources approved by the school prior to sharing with students. February is Black History Month, a time when we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions made by African-Americans to American history.  Whether you are helping to execute lesson plans, or seeking ways to increase your own knowledge, below, we share ways to … Read More

[Now Live] Distance Learning Request Improvements

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As schools transitioned to distance learning in Fall 2020, we have modified the way prepare our substitute teachers to handle this new method of teaching. Now we have added even more support for distance learning requests to make each day go more smoothly for your teachers and students.  Distance Learning Ready Educators Our in-house distance learning professional development prepares subs … Read More

Infographic: Substitute Teachers on Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  Swing Education has been helping over 8,000 substitute teachers nationwide navigate the impact that COVID-19 has made on how sub teach and interact with students.  Teachers around the world have transitioned to distance teaching, or adapted their classrooms to perform hybrid or on-site teaching safely and effectively. The demands on teachers and the need to support all our educators … Read More