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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.