How to Continue Building Your Substitute Teaching Career during School Closures

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With school closures related to COVID-19, many substitute teachers are wondering if there is anything they can do to advance their careers while navigating these unprecedented times.  Despite the temporary school closures, the answer is an astounding YES! Here are a few things you can do now to get ahead:

Make sure all of your requirements are up to date.

Log into your profile to see if any requirements need renewing. California subs: if it’s been a while since you’ve done your mandated reporter training, now is a good time to renew it. 

Complete your online profile.

Once you accept an assignment, schools will be able to view your profile. That’s why you’ll want to make sure it looks professional. And don’t forget to include a photo! 

Take advantage of our free professional development resources.

These include everything from articles to online training modules you can take at your convenience. 

  • STEDI is an organization dedicated to providing research-based training materials for substitute teachers. We offer STEDI’s SubSkills online training course to the subs we work with at no cost.
  • Weareteachers, a “virtual lounge” of practical classroom ideas, advice and more. Check out their Career Advice page for PD resources.
  • Sanford Inspire, an online learning portal that provides free, on-demand training for teachers. 

Get specialized.

As a substitute teacher, you’re expected to be a generalist and a specialist, ready to jump in and teach any subject to any grade. we’re sharing our best techniques for teaching the most common subjects requested by schools.

Explore health insurance options.

If you’re in the market for a new plan, check out Stride. Swing Education has partnered with Stride to help you find a plan that fits your budget.

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