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Substitutes Any Time values professional development and continuing education for our many deserving substitute educators. Continued learning makes it possible for educators to stay updated on fresh teaching strategies, implement new ideas in the classroom, and helps to renew a passion for teaching. That’s why we’ve decided to partner with Sanford Inspire.

Sanford Inspire Program

Used with Permission of National University


Sanford Inspire materials, created by Arizona State University and in partnership with National University, provide targeted support to teachers. Unlike other professional development resources, these offer free, online, immediately implementable, 60-minute learning experiences to improve educator’s individual knowledge, skills, and mindsets.  

  • FREE, self-guided online courses
  • Research-based
  • Professional Development certificate awarded upon completion


All modules are organized around five Domains of Practice including Learning Environment, Planning & Delivery, Motivation, Student Growth & Achievement, and Professional Practices. Follow the Registration Guide instructions below to create a free, online account to access all the valuable On-Demand Modules available to you.


Registration Guide


Learning Environment

Managing student behavior; safe and welcoming environment; classroom procedures; child well-being

  1. Building Relationships with Students
  2. Causes of Misbehavior
  3. Creating Classroom Rules
  4. Creating Logical Consequences
  5. Restorative Justice: Rethinking Discipline
  6. Giving Clear Directions for a Task
  7. Identifying Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
  8. Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  9. Delivering Consequences
  10. Designing Effective Procedures
  11. The Physical Environment of Your Classroom
  1. Recognizing Bullying Behavior
  2. Addressing Bullying Behavior
  3. Basic Proactive Classroom Management
  4. Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Students
  5. Drug Use in Schools: A New Look at an Old Problem
  6. Youth Substance Abuse: Building Resilience and Reducing Harm
  7. Identifying Necessary Procedures
  8. Understanding Consequences
  9. Supporting Trauma-Exposed Students
  10. Teaching Procedures
  11. Teaching Students Empathy

Planning & Delivery

Backwards design; components of direct instruction; components of inquiry; differentiation; checks for understanding; materials and resources; elements of delivery; English language learners

  1. Delivering Effective Feedback
  2. Preparing to Differentiate: Learner Profile
  3. Preparing to Differentiate: Student Readiness
  4. Differentiation Strategy: Respectful Tasks That Honor Multiple Intelligences
  5. Structuring Cooperative Learning
  6. Teaching Close Reading
  7. Using Feedback to Foster Discussion
  8. Developing Behaviors for Cooperative Learning
  9. Elements of a Lesson Opening
  10. Backwards Planning a Unit
  11. The Basics of Differentiation
  12. Combating Cognitive Overload
  13. Engaging Emotion to Improve Memory Retention
  14. Strategies to Address Specific Learning Disabilities in Reading
  15. Contrastive Analysis: Learn and Affirm Language - ELL
  16. Structuring Academic Conversations - ELL
  17. Using Morphology to Support English Language Learners - ELL


  1. Elements of a Lesson Closure
  2. Annotation as an Interactive Reading Strategy
  3. Design a Problem-Based Learning Experience
  4. Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Plan Questions
  5. Delivering Questions Effectively
  6. Preparing to Differentiate: Student Interest
  7. Differentiation Strategy: Student Choice
  8. Preparing for Student Discussions 
  9. Pulling Back the Curtain on Homework
  10. How to Model Effectively
  11. Creating Multi-Sensory Experiences to Improve Memory Retention
  12. Organizing Information to Improve Memory Retention
  13. Differentiation Strategy: Performance Tasks
  14. Strategies to Address Specific Learning Disabilities in Writing
  15. Supporting Students with ADHD
  16. Supporting Language Development through Social Interaction - ELL
  17. Valuing Bilingualism - ELL


Motivation theory; engaging influencers and role models; culture of achievement; investment in learning; engagement

  1. Helping Students "Want" to Achieve
  2. Helping Students Believe They "Can" Achieve
  1. Giving Effective Praise
  2. Student Motivation Theory: "I Can" and "I Want"

Student Growth & Achievement

Setting goals; tracking progress; assessment


  1. Assessing Students During Cooperative Learning
  1. Understanding SMART Goals

Professional Practices

Professional competencies; professional conduct; reflective practitioner; culturally responsive pedagogy

  1. Working Against Racial Bias
  2. Coping with Teacher Stress
  3. Affirming Difference and Valuing Background Knowledge
  4. Teachers as Agents of Change
  5. Addressing Barriers to Parent Involvement
  6. Examining Teacher Practices Through Inquiry
  7. Maintaining Professional Relationships with Colleagues
  8. Teacher Professionalism in the Age of Social Media
  1. Linking Identity and Achievement through Cultural Competence
  2. Using Critical Consciousness to Challenge Inequity
  3. Using Warm Demand to Build Student Achievement
  4. Strategies for Communicating with Parents
  5. Strategies for Engaging Parents
  6. The Importance of Working with Parents
  7. Maintaining Professional Relationships with Students
  8. Teacher Activism: How to Get Involved