I have literally been looking for an ELA job for the past six months and have only had five interviews. Looking around nearby school districts, it doesn't seem like there will be many jobs for the Fall. So, I went and applied to be a substitute teacher in the school district that I live in. I was emailed today and told that I was one of twenty to apply for substitute teaching. I needed to stop by the school board for a background check and attend a Substitute Teacher Orientation on April 26th. (BTW: I wonder how long the Orientation will last?) Looking at the district website, this substitute teacher position will start in the Fall of 2017. I'm hoping to be able to either use this as a fall back position or as a way in the door of this very clicky school district. The way this school district works in regard to substitute teachers is this: the school board keeps one hundred substitute teacher records on file during each school year, principals pick which substitutes they want working at their school (about 10-20 teachers per school; some substitute teachers are on more than one list), and than the teachers pick the substitutes they want from the list their school has. It's a weird way, and most substitute teachers in the district are retired teachers from the district, so they always get the jobs first. But, I've noticed a few others that substitute a lot in certain schools. (A former neighbor with three alternative certifications in Social Studies, Business, and ELA substitutes at least three times a week at the high school her daughter teaches at.) So, I'm wondering - is substitute teaching a good way into a school district? As anyone ever substitute for a semester or two and than gotten a job in that same school district? Also, if you have substituted, how long did the orientation last? I have a family wedding at 1:00 pm the day of the orientation and the orientation starts at 10:30 am. I cam make the reception, at the very least, if the orientation is no longer than two hours.