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Overview of Training Packages

By For Administrators, Latest developed training courses with an overall goal of increasing the positive impact of substitute teachers on student achievement.  As substitute teachers follow this training outline, each will improve his/her skills in classroom management and teaching strategies, increasing student performance, and reducing complaints.

Above is a graphic representing the levels of training offered to substitute teachers.

The STEDI Model 


  1. Districts may want to require or give preferential hire/placement for those individuals who complete the SubSkills Online Training as an initial screening and training prior to hire and paid for by the applicant. (To read a white paper about substitute teachers and their link to student achievement click here.  Or to read about the benefits of having applicants pay for training click here.)

Note: The district has had no out-of-pocket expense. Post-hire

  1. Once the applicants have been screened and trained at their own expense hold a live training using the Substitute Teacher Handbook allowing time for orientation of new substitute teachers, discussion, observations, and role-play of key skills. This validates what they have learned on their own and makes them part of the organization.
  2. Use Advanced Online Training courses for substitute teachers who are looking to excel and to provide additional training.



[columnize] Additional benefits of this method include:

    1. Reduce the liability and exposure of a school district
    2. Reduced hiring costs by eliminating excess applications
    3. Reduced time managing substitute teachers by reducing complaints
    4. Reduced turnover by having a more satisfied substitute teaching pool
    5. Reduce unemployment claims do to lack of training


Check out these school districts who require the SubSkills online training course prior to employment. Substitute teachers are benefiting by paying for the training themselves.

Metro-Nashville (TN)
Boston Public (MA)
Ft Worth ISD (TX)
Frederick Co. (MD)
San Juan USD (CA)
Knox County (TN)
Macon County (GA)
Williamson County Schools (TN)
Sonoma COE (CA)
Joshua ISD (TX)
Kansas City (KS)
Fulton County (GA)


Train the Trainer

By For Administrators

School districts are in the “face-to-face teaching business” and training substitute teachers is one of the most effective ways to insure that students have the best experience while the permanent teacher is out of the classroom.

With the SubTrainer Manual, you can easily implement a quality substitute teacher training program by using STEDI’s tools and services. has trained tens of thousands of trainers and substitute teachers and can provide you with the most practical and fun ways to train substitute teachers.

On-site training provides an excellent opportunity to provide your substitute teacher with training and a chance to role play, learn from others, and to show their skills in teaching from the handbook.

The training is based on the most popular substitute teacher handbook in the country and is an engaging way to bring your substitute teachers up to where they need to be before entering the classroom.

Email your Us for more information or district pricing, or call us at 800-922-4693.


News Release – presents the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Substitute Teachers (part-time school district employees) Discussion Webinar

By For Administrators

School districts have a unique situation relating to part-time employees who work variable hours per week and their requirements to provide affordable heath care to those who qualify.

“Penalties are extremely large a district is not in compliance,” according to Geoffrey Smith, Director of “Even though a district may be paying $28MM/year in health care benefits for their employees, they could be fined $10MM if they miss offering health care to a single-qualifying individual.”

The Affordable Care Act and Substitute Teacher Discussion Webinar will present findings from recent surveys conducted by and will feature a discussion on solutions and suggested strategies discovered in the surveys.

The webinar and discussion will be lead by Geoffrey Smith, founding and former director of the Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State University and who is the current director of

Special guest panelist is Ken Babcock, Director Employee Relations, Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska who is a national leader in understanding the affects the new health care law will have on school districts.

There is no cost for registration and can be done by visiting: