May 5-9, 2014 - SubWeek!

National Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week, also known as SubWeek, is five days dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of wonderful individuals that fill in for permanent teachers everyday in the United States. This week is meant to be celebrated in conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Week.  The dates consist of the first full week in May.
In 2014, will recognize the contribution of the nation's substitute teachers with the Great SubAppreciation Giveaway!  
Please invite your substitute teachers to participate in this great giveaway by sending them to:
Last year 741 winners from 202 school districts and organizations received prizes.
Thousands of substitute teachers entered, representing 916 school districts from across the country.
Few realize that one full year of a child's K-12 education is taught by substitute teachers. Sometimes with limited training, these valued educators fill a void in what is often a challenging situation.
Planning for substitute appreciation activities should begin far enough in advance so that students, site staff, board members, the community and other district personnel can all be involved in the process. Use creative ideas and remember that no gesture is too small!

Recognition of substitute teachers:


  • Bolsters morale of substitute teachers.
  • Fosters a sense of loyalty to the district.
  • Increases activity in substitute teachers.
  • Helps permanent teachers become more aware of the contributions of substitute teachers.
  • Provides incentives for permanent teachers to keep lesson plans current and interesting.
  • Often motivates new individuals to apply for substitute teacher positions.
  • May facilitate a survey of substitutes' needs and announce training planned for the coming school year.


Webinar: How to Recognize your Substitute Teachers - SubWeek 2012  

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The National Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week (SubWeek) is the first full week in May and includes May 7-11, 2012.  At this webinar, we'll discuss best practices how school district administrators show appreciation and recognize the work of their substitute teachers, often at little or no expense.

Learn about the Great SubAppreciation GiveAway by and how to get your substitute teachers registered to win one of the prizes in this $20,000 giveaway.  Thousands of substitute teachers registered last year and this year, there are twice as many prizes.

Handout for the Webinar


How districts are showing appreciation for their substitute teachers:

  • Recognizing substitute teachers at Hays CISD in Texas

Download Word Document

  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Video by the Sun Prairie Area School District
  • A "Splendid" certificate for Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2011 from Socorro ISD in El Paso, TX
Substitute Teacher Appreciation Certificate
  • SubWeek: A sampling of ideas for implementing substitute teacher recognition activities
Download SubExchange Vol (8) No (1)
  • Presentation given at SubSolutions by Linda Coffey, Fulton County Schools System, Atlanta, Georgia
Download Notes



Download the following documents loaded with ideas, activities, and resources to help you implement recognition for your substitute teachers.