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Substitute Educators Day Fact Sheet

Substitute Educators Day is a result of the National Education Association 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:

  • Encourage increased 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 on effective practices to prepare for, welcome and support substitute educators

Substitute Educators Day is observed on Friday during American Education Week.

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Substitute Educators Day reinforces AEW's tagline, "Reach. Educate. Inspire." It represents NEA's vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century. For more information on American Education Week and Substitute Educators Day, visit

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