Substitute Educators Day: American Education Week
Substitute Educators Day is 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. These professional educators provide a critical link in the education of public schoolchildren by serving as a bridge to provide continued quality education to children in the temporary absence of regular classroom educators.
Substitute Educators Day seeks to:
Increase respect for substitute education employees
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 is observed on Friday during American Education Week.