• Decatur Public Schools Substitute Resources


    Thank you for your interest in one of the most rewarding jobs in education--substituting. Very often, children will rely on the skills and abilities of substitute teachers for over one full year of instruction between kindergarten and twelfth grade. DPS 61 recognizes the contributions made by its substitute teachers and supports their efforts toward maintaining continuity of instruction in the absence of the full time teachers.

    Please CLICK HERE for our Substitute Hiring Process.


    AESOP - Substitute Placement

    AESOP - Substitute Placement and Absence Management

    AESOP Substitute User Guide - Step by step instructions to navigate AESOP

    DCFS Mandated Reporter Training

    Please complete the online training for the DCFS Mandated Reporter Status and print out the confirmation and include with your new employee packet materials.


    Bloodborne Pathogens

    Decatur Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for our entire staff. In pursuit of this goal, all employees annually review the Bloodborne Pathogens exposure control plan (ECP) to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030. As a new employee, you will be notified of the date of the next BBP training.


    Materials for Substitutes

    General Rules of Confidentiality

    Map of DPS 61 Schools


    Helpful Substutite Internet Resources

    There are scores of internet sites available to assist substitute teachers in carrying out their duties and responsibilities. You are encouraged to search for yourselves, but some of the best sites are included here for your ease of use, including General Information, Succeeding with Special Needs Students, Filler or "Sponge" Activities and Effective Teaching Practices for Substitutes.

    STEDI.ORG is the nationwide leader in training substitute teachers with the skills they need to succeed in the classroom. Founded in 1995 at Utah State University, STEDI (formerly STI) conducts research in the best practices for substitute teaching and provides live and online training resources as well as the Substitute Teacher Handbook and the SubInstructor CD. Their latest service is the SUB STATION, which includes FAQ"s about substitute teaching, additional internet links, a chat line, sample lesson plans, and many other features which bring dignity and professionalism to substitute teaching.


    Classroom Management

    Lesson Plan Fillers / Sponge Activities

    Additional Resources


    Succeeding with Special Needs Students

     Misunderstood Minds

    Provides substitutes with a fascinating and instructive look inside the minds of special needs students, particularly those considered to have "learning disabilities," including students lacking success in reading, writing, and mathematics. The site is a companion to the PBS special on learning differences and disabilities.

     If you have any questions regarding substituting,
    please contact Camesha Halliburton @ 217.362.3035 or by email at challiburton@dps61.org

    Decatur Public School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has an Affirmative Action Program.