Substitute Educators Day
Substitute Educators Day, Friday, November 21, 2014, focuses on the importance of substitute school employees. These professional educators perform a vital function in the maintenance and continuity of daily education. In our public school systems, substitutes are the educational bridges when regular classroom educators are absent. They are called early in the morning, take over lessons with short notice, and ensure that quality education is maintained in our classrooms. The professional substitute ensures that time is productive and furthers the student's learning.
Substitute Educators throughout the United States are seeking to be recognized as the professionals they are. They are seeking professional compensation and development; they are seeking support through collective bargaining; they are seeking partnership with their full-time colleagues in the classroom.
Substitute Educators Day seeks to:
- Increase respect for substitute educators
- Advocate for all school substitutes to receive wage and health benefits for those who work most to all of a full school year
- Receive genuine, continual professional development in the art of substitute teaching
- Provide a reminder for school staff about effective practices to prepare for, welcome, and support substitute educators.
Substitute Educators Day was established as a result of NEA Representative Assembly's New Business Item (NBI) 2003-41. The purpose of this NBI is to increase appreciation of school substitute employees.
Substitute Educators can join the NEA through membership in the state affiliate.