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How to create a substitute ecosystem

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From schools, to districts, to staffing agencies, the impact from the substitute teacher shortage is widespread. With everyone scrambling to find the best way to cover teacher absences, we’re here to guide you through the process of building an ecosystem to help manage teacher absences. 

Creating a substitute ecosystem

While your school already has its own reliable way of operating, it’s important to remember to factor in substitute planning as a key priority. Because substitute teachers are crucial to a school’s operational success, it’s just as important to develop an effective  substitute teacher recruiting strategy.

You can build a dedicated substitute teacher pool in a number of ways, including working directly with the district or partnering with one or more substitute teacher staffing agencies. When partnering with an agency, schools instantly have a dedicated internal resource at their fingertips, freeing up their time to focus on the needs of their full time staff. 

If you have an agency that does a great job filling last minute requests, Swing can help you plan for long term absences (and vice versa). The important thing is to find partners who are ready to collaborate in creating a substitute pool that works for you.

Substitute teaching = an ecosystem solution 

Whether you already have a plan in place for substitute teachers, partnering with external services can help ease the blow of any disrupted curriculum caused by the teacher shortage. 

Instead of hitting the phones and sending out a collective blast to all the subs in your pool on the morning classroom vacancies arise, a substitute teacher agency turns toward its established process to more precisely align a sub with an assignment and help secure coverage ahead of time.

We understand that jumping into a new partnership might feel daunting, but luckily, platforms like Swing Education will pair perfectly with your existing services. It’s common for districts to work with multiple agencies to find the right balance for their specific needs. 

Swing Education is your substitute teaching solution. We let our platform do the talking for us. 

When you partner with Swing, you get:

  • Peace of mind: We provide support from recruitment, compliance, payroll, onboarding to scheduling. Your dedicated customer success manager partners with you to make sure you get the most out of the Swing platform, allowing you to focus on what matters most.
  • A focus on quality subs: Our additional sub pool has been vetted with the state ed code qualifications and background checks. Best part? They’re eager to join your classes.
  • Time back: Post your sub request within seconds and reduce the time it takes for it to be accepted and in the hands of a classroom-ready substitute teacher.

When you expand your substitute teacher ecosystem, your partners become an extension of your team. We’ll invest all we’ve got in the experience, while you focus your energy everywhere else, allowing your day-to-day operations to run smoothly.

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