Subbing in Aesop Districts
One of the largest substitute placement systems is Aesop, which is developed and provided by Frontline Technologies. It is one of the older systems, and made its debut in 1998 as a phone-based sub calling system. The system still calls substitutes through the phone or can be accessed by dialing in, but is also accessible through a browser on your desktop or phone.
This is the most popular systems in use in the United States, with nearly 5,000 districts and school organizations using the software to place substitutes in classrooms. Now that Aesop’s parent company has acquired CRS SubFinder, all SubFinder districts will either switch over to Aesop by the middle of 2016 or find a new provider. So if you sub in a SubFinder district, be aware that you will need to be ready for some changes in the near future.
Working in an Aesop District
There are a couple benefits of using the Aesop service. One is their multi-district functionality, so if you sub for multiple districts, you can use the same pin and login to access all of your Aesop districts in the same place. With the number of districts using Aesop, chances are that you will use it in more than one single district.
Aesop also has skill matching to fill classrooms with substitutes with experience in that area. For example, if you have a math background and your district uses skill matching, you can expect to be placed in more math classes when possible. There is also a Favorite Five feature so teachers can list out their favorite five substitutes, who then have the first opportunity to fill that job.
Aesop even allows for teachers to leave lesson plans in the system so you are more prepared for the classroom, and has the functionality to leave feedback as well.
A few things to be aware of:
- Aesop’s customer support is for Aesop administrators, so if you have a problem with your account you will need to contact your district admin and not Frontline Technologies.
- Jobs can fill up fast, so it is important to have a way to quickly receive job alerts, such as a substitute-alert-service so you don’t have to sit at your computer all day.
- If you have questions about using Aesop’s system, you can always reference Aesop’s Online Substitute Help Guide.
If you work in an Aesop district and are looking for a way to quickly find and accept jobs, contact us.