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Pasco schools make it easier to become a substitute teacher



For more than a year, the Pasco school district has struggled to fill all its classrooms, and finding good substitutes hasn't been easy, either.

To ease the path, the district changed its pay structure and qualifications.

Now it's making training more accessible.

A week ago, the district launched an online training module for potential substitute teachers, giving them more opportunities than the monthly in-person sessions to prepare for the job. The lessons include 8 hours of the basics, followed by 3 hours of classroom management, 3 hours of instructional strategies, 3 hours on working with student special needs and another 3 hours on dealing with at-risk students.

To qualify, the applicants would have to take each unit and pass a test with 80 percent or better correct, within two tries. Applicants don't get paid to take the courses, but they are required to work in the schools.

The district will be keeping tabs on how well this new model works. Get more details here.

[Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2015 11:33am]


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