Amid national shortage of substitute teachers, school districts are getting support from PowerSchool to help fill positions and keep classrooms open


FOLSOM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PowerSchool (NYSE: PWSC), the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, today announced support to help fill substitute teacher positions across across the country by providing new updates and features to its Unified Talent solution and offering a volunteer replacement initiative to PowerSchool employees. This pervasive problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic has left many schools struggling to keep classrooms open and many schools or districts have even had to appeal to parents, office workers and their communities for help. to fulfill these essential roles.

“This school year has arguably been one of the toughest in recent memory, with districts struggling with staffing shortages and, in particular, the search for substitute teachers,” said Marcy Daniel, chief product officer. at PowerSchool. “That’s why it was important for us to provide the tools and resources that districts need to keep classrooms open by providing them with the latest technology and encouraging our employees – many of whom are former educators – to help classrooms in their local communities.”

New updates and features make it easier for schools and subscribers to connect

According to a recent Education Week survey, 77% of principals and district leaders across the country reported difficulty hiring enough substitute teachers for their schools. To help, PowerSchool launched a new mobile app and upgraded its Unified Talent SmartFind Express substitute management solution to help districts find substitute teachers more efficiently.

New upgrades to SmartFind Express include two-way SMS text messaging, making it easier for districts to reach their supply teacher pool and for supply teachers to connect to jobs. This can improve replacement fill rates by quickly connecting replacements to jobs via alerts and text messages, as well as traditional automated voice calls without requiring them to log into a computer. Text messages do not require a smartphone or internet plan and include interactive feature setting commands such as “Accept” and “Not Available”. The update also enables expanded job visibility and acceptance windows allowing districts to plan ahead.

“Since our district implemented SmartFind Express, the platform’s unified interface has streamlined how our district manages the identification, contact and scheduling of substitute teachers across the district,” said James Agee, Business Education Instructor, Mercer County Public Schools. “PowerSchool has a proven track record of keeping our educators organized and efficient every day of the week, which is why we continue to invest in this trusted education technology provider.”

The substitute mobile app, launched late last year, is free for substitute teachers and allows districts to connect with them quickly and efficiently. In the app, replacements can manage their schedules and receive alerts and text messages about new jobs.

For more information on PowerSchool’s SmartFind Express or the Substitute Mobile app, part of the PowerSchool Unified Talent solution, visit https://www.powerschool.com/solutions/unified-talent/substitute-management-software /

PowerSchool Launches Volunteer Substitute Teacher Initiative for Employees

This week, PowerSchool is also launching an initiative offering employees the opportunity to become volunteer emergency substitute teachers in their local communities. The PowerSchool Emergency Substitute Teaching Volunteer Initiative provides resources and paid time off to full-time U.S.-based employees to engage in school volunteerism. The initiative supports the company’s environmental, social and government initiatives by focusing on leveraging PowerSchool’s talent and technology to create social impact at scale.

About PowerSchool

PowerSchool (NYSE: PWSC) is the leading cloud-based software provider for K-12 education. Its mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their full potential, their way. PowerSchool connects students, teachers, administrators, and parents, with the common goal of improving student outcomes. From the office to the classroom at home, it helps schools and districts effectively manage status reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, enrollment, attendance, funding, learning, instruction, grading, assessments and analytics in one unified platform. PowerSchool supports more than 45 million students worldwide and more than 14,000 customers, including more than 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in more than 90 country. Visit www.powerschool.com to learn more.

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