Substitute Teaching at EFC: FAQ

What is Education for Change?

Education for Change (EFC) is a charter management organization that manages a diverse portfolio of charter schools in Oakland, California. EFC’s mission is to provide a superior public education to East Oakland’s children by creating a system of public schools that relentlessly focuses on our students’ academic achievement. Education for Change manages six K-8 schools in Oakland including Cox Academy, World Academy, Achieve Academy, Learning Without Limits and ASCEND. All EFC schools under our management last year scored near or above 800 API.

What is a Charter School?
Charter schools are independent public schools. In exchange for operational freedom and curricular flexibility, charter schools are subject to higher levels of accountability than traditional public schools. Charter schools, which are tuition-free and open to all students, offer quality and choice in the public education system.

Do all EFC schools use the same curriculum?
No, we are a unique charter management organization in that we manage a diverse portfolio of schools. Although all EFC schools have a strong focus on teacher collaboration, teacher leadership, data analysis and providing rigorous academics, the instructional programs through which this is accomplished varies by school.

ASCEND is a K-8 school in the Fruitvale neighborhood implementing an expeditionary learning and arts integrated program.

Cox Academy is a K-5 school in East Oakland providing rigorous instruction in the core content areas while fostering critical thinking, problem solving and application of learning to prepare students for success in higher education. Cox is committed to creating student leaders who are stewards of the greater community. Cox focuses on the whole child by providing a systemic wrap-around program focused with a comprehensive system of supports and interventions for children and families.

Lazear Charter Academy is a K-8 school opening with grades K-6 this fall in the Fruitvale neighborhood. Lazear will be EFC’s first Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics school, and we are excited to be actively integrating technology and utilizing Engineering is Elementary and Project Lead the Way engineering curricula to build student capacity to apply their learning and understanding to create powerful solutions to real-world problems.

Learning Without Limits is a K-5 school in the Fruitvale neighborhood that believes strongly in the balance between    constructivist learning and knowledge-based learning using culturally relevant pedagogy.

World and Achieve Academies serve K-5 students in the Fruitvale neighborhood and together, are one of the highest performing elementary campuses in Oakland. World and Achieve implements rigorous, research based curriculum across grade levels that highlights flexible thinking and problem solving using multiple strategies.

What are EFCs results?
All EFC schools have made steady gains, with increasing numbers of students demonstrating mastery of grade-level California standards. World and Achieve Academies both have APIs over 800 and Cox Academy has grown 196 API points in the past three years to 783. ASCEND and LWL, the newest additions to our portfolio have APIs of 793 and 758 respectively.

How are substitutes supported at EFC?
We treat substitute teachers like we treat our teachers – as invaluable members of our team. Substitutes are provided quality lesson plans, regular check-ins by school leadership, and support as needed by grade-level leads. Long-term substitutes are treated as part of the faculty, and new long-term substitutes are treated as new teachers receiving intensive coaching, a grade-level mentor teacher, and additional release time to observe other teachers.

What are the professional growth opportunities for substitute teachers?
Excellent substitute teachers are our first recruits for permanent positions. Many of our current EFC teachers are former substitutes who demonstrated excellence.

What is the daily rate for substitute teacher with EFC?
The daily rate for both short- and long-term substitute teachers is $160.glasslab-ascend-41

How frequently are substitute teachers paid?
EFC and OUSD use the same pay schedule: work done from the 1st- 15th is paid the last day of the month; work done from the 16th -30th gets paid on the 15th of the month.

Am I entitled to any benefits?
EFC substitutes are temporary, part-time employees and do not receive any benefits.

If I apply to be a substitute teacher with OUSD, do I also need to apply to EFC?
Yes, OUSD and EFC are distinct organizations and run independent hiring processes.

What are the school hours?
At Achieve Academy, ASCEND, Cox Academy, Lazear Charter Academy, and World Academy the school hours are 8:30 to 3:30. At Learning Without Limits (LWL), the school hours are 8:00-2:45.

When do substitute teachers report for work?
Substitute teachers check into the school office at least 20 minutes prior to the start of school.

How do I apply for a job?
Submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation to

What do EFC teachers have to say?
“I love the feeling of community between the parents and myself. The growth the students make each year is the best. I feel like our organization is making huge gains and only getting better.” – EFC Teacher