Low Pay and High Risk: Being a Substitute Teacher During COVID-19

Kelly Education | August 10, 2020

For all educators, the start of this school year will be daunting. But for substitute teachers, there are, in many ways, even more question marks. School districts are increasingly choosing to start the school year remotely, which could reduce the need for short-term substitutes. But for districts that are doing in-person instruction at least some days of the week, substitutes will be in high demand. There’s already a substitute shortage in many places. And with precautions in place that ask teachers to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure and stay home with any mild symptoms, administrators are expecting to need a long roster of substitutes. Yet many substitutes—in particular, those who are at high-risk for complications from COVID-19—are weighing the costs of going back: Doing so means they’ll be exposing themselves to a great number of people, under inconsistent safety protocols, and for little pay and potentially no health benefits.

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Shortly after congressional authorization, and tasked with the mission of accelerating innovation in education, Digital Promise convened leaders from some of the most innovative districts in the United States to identify common barriers and create and share new ideas and methods in education. We heard that districts needed solutions to support decisions around education technology (edtech) selection and procurement. After seven years of conducting and sharing research, supporting growth in districts’ research capacity, and becoming experts on the edtech landscape, Digital Promise understands that education leaders and educators need support discovering and selecting edtech products that attend to authentic educator and learner needs.

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Shortly after congressional authorization, and tasked with the mission of accelerating innovation in education, Digital Promise convened leaders from some of the most innovative districts in the United States to identify common barriers and create and share new ideas and methods in education. We heard that districts needed solutions to support decisions around education technology (edtech) selection and procurement. After seven years of conducting and sharing research, supporting growth in districts’ research capacity, and becoming experts on the edtech landscape, Digital Promise understands that education leaders and educators need support discovering and selecting edtech products that attend to authentic educator and learner needs.

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