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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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Work 5+ Days in August for a Chance to Win These Awesome Prizes!
Attention ESS employees: If you work 5+ days in August, 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 July 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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Understanding California’s Emergency 30 Day Substitute Teaching Permit
States manage their substitute teachers through credentialing requirements that specify the standards highly qualified candidates must possess. In this way, the state Department of Education can control the quality and skill level of its educators and ascertain that all meet a minimum acceptable level of qualification.  These requirements may be amended or exempted as needs
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What Happens During Teacher Absences Last Day of Term
Though everyone looks forward to the end of the school year, the time is not without challenges. Grades are due, and records must be finalized and filed. Evaluation meetings are scheduled in between school ceremonies and end-of-year picnics. Classrooms must be packed up to facilitate the deep summer cleaning. Not to mention, students are at
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