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Should You Contact a Special Education Staffing Agency for Your Substitute Teachers?
Special education is a critical shortage area for teachers in school districts throughout the country. Since special education students are among the most vulnerable, they have a variety of special needs. And though there is great demand for substitutes in general, special education substitutes are especially hard to find. For this reason, some school districts
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Work 5+ Days in September for a Chance to Win These Awesome Prizes!
Attention ESS employees: If you work 5+ days in September, you’ll automatically earn an entry into our monthly drawing. The more days you work, the more chances you gain to win one of these awesome prizes! 
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Congratulations to Our August 2019 Raffle Winners!
Each month, we give away more than $1,000 worth of exciting prizes to some lucky employees who meet or exceed certain work frequency and performance qualifications. We want to reward our most dedicated people with an opportunity to win something big! We’re pleased to announce the winners of last month’s raffle:
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Substitute Teacher vs. Teacher Assistant: What’s the Difference?
What happens when a classroom teacher is absent? Who is authorized to fill that absence? Of course, the goal is always to have a properly credentialed, adequately prepared individual ready to step in to manage the class and deliver instruction. So when considering substitute teacher vs. teacher assistant—what is the difference, and who is most
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Do You Hire Substitute Teachers as Independent Contractors?
Substitute teachers can be engaged in a variety of ways. Some school districts hire substitutes as full or part-time employees, while others employ substitute teachers as independent contractors. Still others utilize substitutes employed by an education staffing agency. There are distinct advantages and disadvantages for each method of engagement, which are important to consider when
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How Quality Staffing in Education Can Simplify Administrative Responsibilities
As school district administrators strive to meet rising academic standards with funding that often falls short, many challenges occur. Since school spending matters when it comes to student achievement, money must be spent wisely. To be truly impactful, school improvement efforts must be sustainable.  In the course of educating the district’s students, schools provide a
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Teacher Absence Rates 2019: How Does Your District Compare to the National Average?
More than 900,000 K-12 teachers per school year are too often absent from their classrooms. That number constitutes the 28% of teachers nationwide who are “chronically absent.” Ten days per school year is considered the tipping point beyond which teacher absences go from an acceptable level to the problematic “chronic” level. Teachers’ paid sick time
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How To Navigate the Education Staffing Market as a District Administrator
Whether the goal is to reduce administrative overhead, eliminate soft costs, or compensate for a shortage of qualified substitute teachers, many school districts are turning to an education staffing agency for help navigating these challenges. And since district administrators have tremendous fiscal responsibility, it is essential that they be well-informed and utilize tools and resources
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Is It Time To Update Your Substitute Teacher Management Strategy?
With substitute teachers in high demand and a new school already started in many regions, it may be time to update your substitute teacher management strategy. Since teacher shortages and lower absence fill rates can strain district resources and undercut staff morale, getting some fresh ideas can make a world of difference in how absences
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Addressing the Financial Cost of Chronic Teacher Absenteeism in Your District
The power of effective teachers has been identified as the most impactful of all school-related factors when it comes to influencing student achievement. Unfortunately, student achievement is often negatively impacted when teachers are absent.. On average, 28% of the nation’s public school teachers are chronically absent, which is defined as missing more than 10 days
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