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Three Reasons to Attend a Substitute Teacher Workshop

substitute teachers workshopEven if substitute teacher workshops are not required by the school system in which you work, they can carry distinct benefits for attenders, especially for new substitute teachers or those returning to the field after a significant absence. Although sessions require a time commitment, they can reap rich dividends for those willing to participate. 

Three Reasons to Attend a Substitute Teacher Workshop:

  • Reason One: Knowledge Is Power. The more you know, the more effective you can be in the classroom. Even if you only pick up one tip or idea per workshop, if it is something that you will be able to use throughout the rest of your career in education, then attending the workshop will have proven to be time well spent. In addition, many workshops include sessions focusing on Classroom Management, a skill needed by all teachers, but the importance of which cannot be overstated for substitute teachers. Any information gleaned along those lines will be the icing on the cake.   
  • Reason Two: Pathway to Professionalism. Substitutes who are looking to move forward into full-time teaching careers will be able to glean helpful tips and make meaningful connections with other professional educators at workshops. Those considering such a career move would therefore be encouraged to attend.  
  • Reason Three: Two Birds with One Stone. In addition to being helpful and informative, most workshops and seminars can be counted toward the Continuing Education Units (CEU's) required of most educators. Again, this is especially valuable for substitutes looking to make the switch to full-time teaching in the future. 


Often offered by local school systems and local colleges, substitute teaching workshops are usually available to those already working as substitutes as well as those looking to enter the field. For more information on finding and participating in substitute teaching workshops, please feel free to contact us.

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