This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Wednesday, May 22 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Capstone Roundtable — Sub Here Often? Improving Substitute Fill Rates in Chicago Public Schools Limited seats remain
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In this roundtable, we will explore the effects of using stipends to improve substitute teacher fill rates in Chicago Public Schools. CPS has suffered from an average substitute fill rate of less than 80%. As of last school year, there were 1,600 requests per day and over 2,500 active subs at any given time, yet 300 unfilled requests on any given day. To help boost fill rates, high-need schools were identified and substitutes now receive stipends to take jobs at these schools during this school year.
While the stipends have shown promising results thus far, they have also created unintended consequences, and revealed larger challenges. Come contribute to a discussion involving how data is best used to identify problems and solutions, the role of teacher absences and substitute teaching, and whether financial incentives are an effective way to change behavior.

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Megan Lane

Data Scientist, Chicago Public Schools
Megan Lane is a strategic data fellow with Chicago Public Schools. At CPS, Megan is leading various projects in the Talent Office, including understanding substitute fill rates, analyzing teacher hiring patterns, and developing Educator Preparation Scorecards. These projects will... Read More →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)