Summer Break - Opportunities and Resources Available to You!

What Options Do I Have As A Sub Over The Summer?

You may start to see fewer requests as schools begin to close for the summer. However, you have plenty of opportunities as a sub to grow professionally. 


Why Am I Not Seeing As Many Requests Over The Summer? 

Most schools operate 9 months out of the year, but some Swing school partners offer summer opportunities. They’ll be posted under the “Openings” tab,  just like standard openings.

All requests are issued directly on the platform by our school partners.


Some tips to increase your opportunities: 

Sign up for the waitlist

We encourage you to sign up for not only the open requests but the waitlists as well to maximize your opportunities.

Reaching out to any schools that you truly enjoyed working at and letting them know you are available for any summer opportunities can be a great way of building relationships and securing work as well. 


Make sure all of your requirements are up to date.

Login to your account to see what needs updating. 

If you're in California and do not already have a permit, getting one during the summer would be a perfect way of getting yourself ready for the upcoming school year. 

Complete your online profile.

Once you accept an assignment, schools will be able to view your profile. That’s why you’ll want to make sure it looks professional. And don’t forget to include a photo! 


Take advantage of our free professional development resources.

These include everything from articles to online training modules you can take at your convenience. 

  • STEDI is an organization dedicated to providing research-based training materials for substitute teachers. We offer STEDI’s SubSkills online training course to the subs we work with at no cost.
  • Weareteachers, a “virtual lounge” of practical classroom ideas, advice, and more. Check out their Career Advice page for PD resources.
  • Sanford Inspire, is an online learning portal that provides free, on-demand training for teachers. 


Get specialized.

As a substitute teacher, you’re expected to be a generalist and a specialist, ready to jump in and teach any subject to any grade. We’re sharing our best techniques for teaching the most common subjects requested by schools.


Consider Other Summer Jobs

There are plenty of other summer job opportunities to pursue to help supplement the less request subbing opportunities. We have a list of 5 great ideas in our 5 Good Summer Jobs for Substitute Teachers.