Substantial Classrooms Redesigning the Substitute Teaching Experience

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-04-13
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Transform Your School’s Substitute Teaching Experience

Just like everything else, substitute teaching is about to undergo a big change. In Substantial Classrooms: Redesigning the Substitute Teaching Experience, authors Jill Vialet and Amanda von Moos usher in a new era of innovation in substitute teaching. Threaded with concrete and actionable ways to improve the experience of substitute teaching for administrators, students, and the teachers themselves, Substantial Classrooms is a leading voice for innovation and renewal in substitute teaching. Instead of viewing substitute teachers as a placeholder in an educator’s absence, this book encourages readers to view substitute teachers as vital resources that diversify the typical classroom learning experience.  While other books look only at making a bad situation bearable, this book re-examines substitute teaching with an eye towards reinventing it as a unique and valuable part of students’ educational experience.

Key themes of Substantial Classrooms include:

  • How substitute teaching works today
  • Applying human-centered design to create change in legacy systems like substitute teaching
  • Concrete and inspiring examples of different models for substitute teaching, for example, reimagining it as paid fieldwork for aspiring teachers.
  • In addition to these key themes, every chapter includes stories and techniques from dynamic and innovative educational practitioners.

This must-have guide to substitute teaching can improve schools everywhere and revolutionize the way educators, school and district leaders, colleges, and community partners view the experience of substitute teaching as a lever to positively impact schools.

Author Biography

JILL VIALET and AMANDA VON MOOS are the Co-founders of Substantial, a nonprofit organization focused on redesigning the way schools and districts recruit, train, and support substitute teachers.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Susie Wise


How We Got Here

What's Ahead   

Building Empathy: Parallel Journeys

How Substitute Teaching Works Today

Surprising Stats

Who Are Substitute Teachers?

The Need for Subs

Substitute Teaching as a System

The Impact of Uneven Coverage

What Happens in the Classroom

Why Isn't Substitute Teaching Receiving More Attention?


Start Where Your Are

What Matters: Subs Coming Back

Building Relationships at the School Level

Building Relationships at the District Level


Design Lab

What is Design Thinking?

Doing Design Work - Our Basic Cycle

Key Mindsets

Design Principles

Developing an Idea: Steps Along the Way




The Heart of the Opportunity: Underutilized Student Time

Why These Ideas

Meet the Innovators

The Art of the Hack

Go Forth and Innovate!

Opportunity: Reimagine Substitute Teaching as a Full-Time Fellowship

Opportunity: Part-Time Jobs for College Students

Opportunity:  Community Talent

Opportunity: Teacher Pre-Service

Opportunity: District Teacher Pipeline

Opportunity: After-School Staff

Emerging Opportunities


The Commencement Chapter


Design Moves Playbook

Getting Ready for a Substitute Teacher - Sample Lesson Plan

Resource Guide: Learning About Design Thinking

Resource Guide: Research on Substitute Teaching

Books Referenced


About the Authors

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