Point of Contact Newsletter
January 2018, 5th edition
Evaluate the good, the bad...
Absences for December
2909 total absences for the month of December
68.70% needed Guest Educators
Our next Guest Educator Orientation is February 22. We currently have an open posting on our employment website. Please encourage reliable, responsible adults to apply as a Guest Educator. This is a great way to build your preferred Guest Educator list!!
Did you know...
Having teachers and staff set their classroom up to welcome a Guest Educator is a great way to ensure they come back to your campus. Teachers can easily discuss expectations of behavior with their classrooms and document on chart paper to leave for the Guest Educator.
Brag about it!
Below are ideas the campuses shared:
- Office staff actively welcome the Guest Educators
- Keep a supply of chocolate
- Give them "extra" gum with a decal that says "Thanks for going that extra mile!"
- Encourage to come back to work at the end of the day
- Provide a detailed sub folder to each GE that gives details and general information about the campus. (jeans on Friday, assembly schedule, etc.)
- Actively recruit for Guest Educators at all campus events!
- Debriefing at the end of the day with the GE and asking them how their day went
- Invite the GE to participate in campus events and staff lunches
- We communicate with the GE about special days
- Offer snacks and drinks every Friday
Ways to Secure a Long-term Guest Educator
- Check with Guest Educators on your preferred list to see if they are interested
- Contact Human Resources department for an updated Guest Educator list of certified individuals.
It is best practice to use a Guest Educator that holds a Texas Teaching Certification when there is a long-term position that needs to be filled.
I only need a long-term Guest Educator for less than 10 days and I have a great one that is not certified, can I use them?
For short-term positions, you can utilize a noncertified Guest Educator. On a title I campus you are required to send a letter to parents on day 20 if the substitute is not certified and day 30 on other campuses.
Can I use a retired teacher as a long-term Guest Educator?
Yes, a retired teacher can work as a long-term Guest Educator if they are substituting for someone on leave. Word of caution, we do not typically allow a retired teacher to take a position in a VACANT position.
Great Guest Educators
"Sharon Henderson did an amazing job in my class yesterday. She even emailed me last night to give me some information that I needed." Sharon is always willing to help us in a pinch, responding to last-minute requests. She is always professional and has great classroom management skills. --Granger Elementary
I always ask for Shara when I am out of the office. She has a great rapport with the kids. They always want her to come back. She follows lesson plans, even if teaching new content. Shara is a great guest educator! --Granger Elementary
Jennifer knows the kids and the content. She holds students to high expectations. Students and teachers love her! --Granger Elementary
We received a fantastic review from Ms. Anderson and her 2nd-grade team regarding Mrs. Wood-Brewster! They were thrilled with her performance. She is always willing to help and go the extra mile!-- Peterson Elementary