National Education Association (NEA) for Substitute Teachers
Substitute teachers work in a very demanding field; in many ways, an area that’s even more demanding than that of a contract teacher. Practically being on call 24-7, and having to be ready to perform in multiple grade levels, subjects areas, and various campuses require organization, creativity and skill. It’s something that a substitute teacher is asked to do on a regular basis. Often times, a substitute teacher is barely able to get his/her footing in one assignment before being called to another. But this is what substitute teachers do and so many do it so very well. School districts could not perform without the dedicated work of the substitute teacher; they are a vital lifeline to ensuring that classes across the country continue to operate and function properly each and every day.
For the reasons mentioned above, substitute teachers turn to the NEA (National Education Association) – Substitute Educators for guidance and direction in areas including professional compensation and development, support through collective bargaining and assistance in forming partnership with their full-time colleagues in the classroom.
Professional substitute teachers who are employed with a public school district are eligible for NEA membership and they can join through their NEA state affiliate.
Benefits of membership can be found by visiting NEA member benefits and those benefits include discounts in home and auto, everyday discounts, in addition to discounts in car rental. Also, substitute teachers who are NEA members are eligible to be voting delegates to the Representative Assembly and they are also allowed to hold elective and appointive positions in the Association.
There are many advantages for substitute teachers who are NEA members, and one more in particular is the fact that they provide members with an Educators Employment Liability Program. According to their website, benefits include:
- “Payment of the legal defense costs of up to $3,000,000 per occurrence in defending civil proceedings (other than proceedings concerning Civil Rights) brought against you in the course of performing your educational employment activities.”
- “Payment of up to $1,000,000* in damages assessed against you as a result of such civil proceedings.
- “Payment of up to $300,000* worth of defense, settlement or judgments and other supplementary payments for proceedings concerning Civil Rights.”
In addition to what’s mentioned above, there are many more areas of legal defense that the NEA handles as well. Even though substitute teaching can be such a rewarding field, we still must be prepared for the unexpected in this day and time. Being legally protected and represented by such a large and national organization and having them just a phone call away allows for great peace of mind.
We at SubSidekick encourage you to look into the NEA and all that it has to offer you as a professional and see if it’s right for you. Contact us should you have any questions or concerns and keep on doing the great work that you do!