Good Read: Solving the Substitute-Teacher Conundrum (via: The Atlantic)

By Andrew Pillow

Anybody familiar with teaching knows that the substitute teacher process is imperfect to say the least. Many subs are not qualified to teach and that often shows. Teachers often return to messy classrooms and a laundry list of students who “misbehaved” left by the sub. One company is apparently trying to change all of that according to Hayley Glatter at The Atlantic:

“The company, founded by Sarah Cherry Rice, operates as a marketplace for community members—whether they’re scientists, writers, actors, or engineers—to leverage their talents in front of a classroom when the students’ typical teacher is unable to be there. Parachute Teachers create lesson plans based on their areas of expertise and then bring that knowledge directly to students; essentially, a day without a classroom teacher suddenly becomes a special career day instead.”

See the interview with the founder and read more here. (The Atlantic)


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.