"Revolutionizing the role of substitute teachers into an opportunity of educational excellence by assisting school districts in recruiting, training and retaining quality substitute teachers."
One full year of a student’s K-12 education is taught by substitute teachers.
86% of school districts can’t find quality substitute teachers.
90% of districts nationwide spend less than four hours training substitute teachers.
Over $2 billion is spent annually on substitute teacher pay.
77% of teachers miss school to attend professional development classes.
Geoffrey Smith founded the Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State University (STI/USU) to be the national leader in training substitute teachers with the skills they need to be successful in the classroom. By providing recruitment and retention information as well as training materials and services for school districts and substitute teachers around the country, STI/USU worked to revolutionize the role of substitute teachers into opportunities for educational excellence.
Now, the Substitute Teaching Division of STEDI.org, directed by Geoffrey Smith is licensed by Utah State University to see to it that every substitute teacher in the country has a substitute teacher handbook and has been trained in how to use it in being successful in the classroom.
The continuation of STI/USU by STEDI.org make it possible to "revolutionize" substitute teaching in districts that provide training to their substitute teachers and implement best practices in the management of substitute teaching and teacher absenteeism.
No other organization in the country is as dedicated to improving and innovating educational tools for substitute teaching.
William Butler Yeats says, "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." If this is true, then substitute teachers have the opportunity to light fires every day as they teach from classroom to classroom.
STEDI.org provides the tools to light these fires!