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PLCS hosts first Substitute Appreciation Lunch and Learning Day

PLCS Substitute Conference

Human Resource employees at Papillion La Vista Community Schools held the inaugural Substitute Appreciation Lunch and Learning Day on January 20, 2020.

The event was put together to help show the substitutes they are appreciated and valued.

The day kicked off with a celebration lunch where raffle prizes were given out and principals, a secretary, and Board of Education members shared how substitutes have made an impact on their schools.

In the afternoon, the substitutes had the opportunity to be paid to attend three learning sessions that covered topics like PBIS, a behavior session, and marzano instructional strategies. 

The session topics came from surveys substitute teachers filled out letting PLCS know what they would like to learn more about.

"We really took an opportunity to listen to what our subs were telling us they would like more information on," said Dr. Kati Settles, Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources.

The PLCS HR team spends a lot of time looking at the answers filled out by the substitutes, looking at the data, and trying to make it a great job for anyone who wants to work at PLCS and make a difference in the lives of students, Settles said.

A good mix of about 80 new and experienced substitutes attended the event.

"I hope the substitutes not only here, but in all of the metro-area schools, know how valued they are. We couldn't continue and do our job without them so every single day they are making a big difference by being here," Settles said. 

Substitute teachers are hired year-round at PLCS.

There is an opportunity to get a local sub certificate, where anybody who has completed 60 hours of college credits will qualify to apply to be a local substitute through the Nebraska Department of Education. The license allows an individual to work as a substitute teacher for up to 90 days in the school system. 

"We've found that some people who don't quite have that teaching degree but maybe have done other things to help youth-aged students throughout their career, it's kind of a good fit for some of those people," she said. 

 Click here to learn more about susbtitute teaching at PLCS.